Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The next Xbox codenamed “Loop,” priced cheaper than 360

The next Xbox is codenamed “Loop” and will be both smaller and cheaper to manufacture than the Xbox 360, according to insider blog MS Nerd.

The lower price point Microsoft hopes to achieve is designed as a way to allow for a higher next gen Kinect adoption rate. A lower price must be one of Microsoft strategy points with their next console as a way to grow their consumer base.

The blog reports the next Xbox will have a single main processor that's joined by "assistive cores" for "graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors." It will run on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9 and feature a Zune HD-like interface. The console is said to be designed as a joint venture between Microsoft and "two partners based on the ARM architecture.”
It’s also rumored Microsoft hopes to reveal the next generation Xbox at 2012’s E3, with a late 2013 launch. More likely however, Microsoft will reveal a few details on their new console at E3 next year but will wait till 2013’s E3 for a full reveal followed by a September 2013 launch. -TNGG

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