|Rumor: Leaked doc claims 720 launches in 2013, 3D Kinect in 2014, OnLive acquisition|
|Posted: 17.06.2012 17:07 by JonahFalcon||Comments: 1|
A new allegedly leaked document from Microsoft supposedly features Microsoft's plans for the Xbox platform through 2015. Highlights in the document include a 2013 launch for the Xbox 720, a new 3D system for Kinect in 2014, and a possible buyout of the OnLive streaming service.
The 3D Kinect will feature glasses that allow players to see the 3D image from any angle, as shown by a hand-drawn image from the document. The system would allegedly cost $299.
The document also shows a list of items Microsoft is aware of from the company's competitors, including:
* Apple TV: Integration with iTunes and iDevices helps increase the value proposition and locks more consumers into the iOS platform. The ability to use iOS apps with Apple TV was also seen as a threat.
* Google TV: The platform had the "potential to become O/S standard for TV" by licensing itself as a free app platform for TV. Could also expand the reach of Android.
* Nintendo "Wii2": Differentiates itself by being "family friendly" and "less expensive" than the competition. By launching first, the system could "defend (Nintendo's) success in broad gaming segments" and "further erode console differentiation" by matching the hardware power of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
* Sony PlayStation 4: Threats from Sony's next system include killer apps, exclusive Sony content, "PSN experiences" and integration with a home consumer electronics ecosystem. Microsoft also expects Google TV to be a "key feature" of the system, apparently.
Is the document a hoax? Let us know what you think.