Xbox 720: 5 Things We Wish To See At Next Week’s Launch

By Zy Gonzales

The video game industry is possibly one of the most lucrative markets in the tech world today. With hardware and software sales amounting to billions of dollars, many companies have tried in the past to penetrate the market.

By Zy Gonzales

The video game industry is possibly one of the most lucrative markets in the tech world today. With hardware and software sales amounting to billions of dollars, many companies have tried in the past to penetrate the market. However, the high cost of developing games and most importantly the hardware that runs it has made this market exclusive to a very few big players.

Microsoft is one of these players and together with its Xbox gaming console, the company is head to head with Sony’s PlayStation when it comes to high-performance console gaming. And next week, the company is preparing to launch the next generation Xbox gaming machine.

But with numerous leaks and rumours surrounding this new Xbox, what exactly do we want to see Microsoft unveil next week? Here are five things that will make the new Xbox a little bit closer to what I can call a perfect gaming console.


 

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Performance is one of those things that define a good gaming experience. So it’s imperative that the new Xbox pack some serious punch when it comes to performance. Modern games are now becoming more resource extensive as graphics become more life-like, so having a capable machine that has enough computing power to render such games is something we’d all love to see, right?

Modded Xbox360 courtesy of LLAMMA.com

 


 

IMPROVED CONTROLLERS

One emerging trend in the realm of gaming and even in other devices is motion-based controls. The Xbox360 employed one of the best motion-based control mechanisms in the gaming industry with its Kinect. So it would be very much appreciated if Microsoft can top that with an improved version of the Kinect.

Xbox Kinect

Of course, there will always be a room for the traditional controller but we don’t expect it to change much as it’s actually a step back from Kinect. But support for an augmented reality device like the Oculus Rift would definitely put the new Xbox ahead of its competition.

 


 

BLU-RAY PLAYBACK

A lot of people are also expecting that the new Xbox won’t come cheap, so it would be very nice if Microsoft would add in some features that will add value to the device. If the new Xbox can play Blu-ray discs that would really help the machine become a more practical investment as it can double as a home entertainment system.

Xbox Blu-ray

 


 

DIGITAL TV

And since we’re already talking about practicality and economics, a gaming console that can instantly turn into a cable set-top box that will allow users to watch TV on their Xbox would certainly make the machine an interesting option as an all-in-one device for the family’s entertainment needs.

Xbox TV

 


 

MORE CLOUD-BASED SERVICES

Last but definitely not the least is cloud-based services. Although the Xbox has long been capable of connecting to the internet, there are lots of untapped resources hiding behind the clouds. Personally, I’d like to see some sort of integration with other cloud-based services like Spotify or those from Amazon and Google.

Xbox Cloud

 


 

So there you have it. What other things would you like the new Xbox to have? Do tell us by leaving a comment below. For other tech stories, you can subscribe to our site or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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