Microsoft Xbox 720 will focus on media integration

There are rumours online that Microsoft has been working closely with game developers Blizzard on a replacement for the Xbox360

The reports posted originate from GDC 09 where Blizzard’s Rob Pardo confirmed that the company had been in discussion with Microsoft about the next iteration of the Xbox system.microsoft_xbox_360

Despite the fact that Microsoft has never officially confirmed that it is working on a replacement for the 360 there has been widespread speculation as early as two years ago.

Pardo refused to be drawn on specifics of what they have been discussing but reports over at Slashgear picked up on comments made regarding the poor implementation of RTS on games consoles which led them to theorise that Blizzard are working closely on controller feedback for the Redmond-based gaming giant.

Whilst it’s clearly exciting times for gamers there are some concerns from developers that gaming isn’t going to be the priority as Microsoft may focus on making the 720 (or whatever they call it) the media hub of the home, in much the same way as Sony have with the Playstation 3.

“I get the impression they’re focusing on owning the living room, one device that lets you watch movies, television and play games and music and all that stuff. They’re so focused on that that I’m not even sure they’re thinking about the games that are going to come out. Which is kind of crazy” said Warren Spector of Junior Point Studios.

Whatever the focus of the device may be, we’re hoping that Microsoft don’t do the hot potato trick again as soon as it’s launched and drop all support for the existing 360 as it did with the original Xbox.

We’ll bring you any breaking news on this as we get it.

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4 Responses to “Microsoft Xbox 720 will focus on media integration”

  1. Ruth says:

    I just hope they don’t fall into the same trap as the PS3 and make what is essentailly the most expensive DVD player you’ll ever own. Never seemed to be any good games for PS3 when I worked at Gamestation.

    Dunno if thats changed now- I’m an Xbox 360 girl :)

    The name XBox 720 amuses me- will it have two rows of lights around the on button do you think? lol

  2. Luiz says:

    Yes the two rows of light is an good idea, if one turns red at least you´ll have another one…

  3. pc repair says:

    I think they are not in to same trap as the ps3 it very costly dvd player there is no good game for ps3


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