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Xbox 720 Becoming the Wii/Wii U Confusing Mess

VG Republic Writes: Intriguing information about the Xbox 720 surfaced yesterday via VGLeaks, which reported from an anonymous source that the next Xbox system will not be required to be connected to an internet source to function. This is contrary to many reports that the system will need to have a secure connection constantly to work, and also negates the thought of creative director Adam Ortho's Twitter comments about the same issue and his support of it. The other reports that hit the web was that of the upcoming, disk drive-less, Xbox Mini which will be unveiled supposedly around the same time that the next console is shown to the general public will be a key player in the next console as well. We'll come back to this in a moment.

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The_Infected1206d ago

I was thinking the same thing earlier. I don't like the route Microsoft is going so far from the rumors anyways.

kneon1205d ago

But they are rumors and they aren't even consistent so it's too early to worry about them releasing a confusing product lineup.

Besides Microsoft would spend a lot more on advertising that Nintendo ever did, so even if they did release more than one Xbox version they have a better chance of making sure people understand what they are getting.

Godmars2901205d ago

How well was the Zune advertised?

Blaze9291205d ago

The Xbox 720 doesn't even exist...i don't understand.

Blaze9291205d ago

The Xbox 720 doesn't even exist...i don't understand.

humbleopinion1205d ago

Exactly. The WiiU only became a mess AFTER Nintendo revealed it and sent a confusing message. The next xbox is not even revealed, so all the confusion has nothing to do with how the console will be perceived once it's revealed.

sikbeta1205d ago

Oh please... not even close...

Wii- WiiU -> name is confusing, people thinking is an addon because N showed just the controller and "similar" size of the 2 consoles also can get confusing,

X360 to Nextbox -> name will not be a problem, HW will be better than X360, so that's not going to be a prolem and since people will not care about size or shape of the console as long as there is an increase in graphics performance, that will not be a problem either

Nextbox = Gaming + Multimedia + Cable Box = all in one system

Godmars2901205d ago

It could also be:
NextBox = gaming + multimedia + cable box + original cable box it has to be hooked up to + Kinect unit which has to be hooked up + Backwards Compatible Unit/Old Xbox 360 = a system advertised to do it all but takes up a lot of space in which to do it.

And some of that's coming from the positive rumor section.

Zeusprototype1204d ago

@godmar

but thats what microsoft wants.. to dominate are livings room tech are bedroom tech, hell are kitchen tech if they had the chance...and i dont mind a damb bit. no one was moaning when apple was everywhere ^^

ShinMaster1204d ago

That better not be the case.
If I am to get a Nextbox, I will have one spot for it. I will not make any more room and move my other hardware aside for anything else.

I'm not surprised that this is the direction Microsoft is taking though. They never intended to get into the console gaming business. The Xbox was one way they could get into people's living rooms. That's why they put so much emphasis on apps and non-game related media at every E3.

creatchee1205d ago

The funny thing is, Microsoft absolutely loves the fact that people don't like the rumors. They also love the fact that other people do. Because the only things that matters are:

1. Microsoft hasn't spent a dime on advertising, yet the next XBOX is being talked about just as much (if not more than) the PS4 or WiiU. Any publicity is good publicity when you haven't even officially confirmed the existence of your product yet.

2. If something really is unanimously unpopular, MS is in a position where they can simply change their mind. Believe it not, MS pays people (just like every other company does) to monitor forum activity and see what people say. Somebody from MS is probably reading this comment thread or will at some point.

Anyway, Always-on to play a game is basically a switch that can be turned on or off. Since they haven't announced anything officially yet, they can go either way.

3. By garnering a negative response to rumor in addition to the positive ones, again without even announcing their product officially, their big reveal will be even more watched and analyzed because the passionate on both sides will seek vindication. If everything looked good or made everyone happy, there would be less heat when it comes to the announcement itself. Think pro wrestling - a live match is more exciting when there is strong booing for the bad instead of just cheers for the good guy.

To sum up, MS likes rumors because they help their product get attention when it is actually revealed.

Good_Guy_Jamal1205d ago

@ #2 shhh shhhh! Shut up shut up shut up!! I told you that in confidance!! *sheepish laugh*

dcbronco1205d ago

Kratos which rumors don't you like?

Tacklebait1205d ago

Its these stupid rumor articles that make things confusing not microsoft. Nothing has been announced.

AngelicIceDiamond1204d ago

@Kratos same could be said about PS4 before it got announced.

Those rumors are simply an afterthought now aren't they?

malokevi1204d ago

Unbelievable.

The Wii U has been out for months. The Xbox720 hasn't even been announced yet!

Its not even called the Xbox720.

This is just blatant trolling.

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VirtualKatz1206d ago

It's unfortunate that we are to this point but this is the case and direction the they look to be going. All of it is rumors to this point, but most solid rumors come from some bit of truth.

Jek_Porkins1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

Well the most solid rumors are that the DRM thing is something that got confused with the Xbox Mini, and the 720 will not require always online to play games, and it will also play used games.

Honestly, why gamer's always tend to believe the negative right away kind of baffles me, what on earth would Microsoft have to gain by eliminating used games and making their console DRM, which effectively means close to 30 million current 360 owners would be SOL.

There is nothing to be gained, Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions help cancel out the used game issues, and Microsoft doesn't even release digital games the same day they release physically for fear of pissing off retailers, so no way do they alienate themselves from the other consoles, they want to be as similar as possible as far as features and what is/isn't allowed.

TheGrimReaper1205d ago

You've said: [...] and it (720) will also play used games.

Article:
"The small-i-fied system (new, driveless 360, priced 150$) will connect to the larger and newer Xbox to enable people to play games from the past generation on the new console. So in other words, Microsoft is hoping consumers will be dumb enough to buy another Xbox 360 without a disk player in it just so they can play 360 games on their new console instead of just keeping your current 360 console and playing the older generation games on it, in conjunction with playing the next-gen games on your new fangled technology."

Honestly, why fans always tend to spin anything until they like it kind of baffles me...

:P

It's about time MS announces the damn thing...
I'm curious which rumours (hardware, software, features etc.) are true -.-"

Jek_Porkins1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

@TheGrimReaper

Not sure what "spin" you are saying I'm trying to do?

This Xbox Mini is an Xbox 360 and is the rumored $99 Xbox 360 that will compete with Roku and work as a hub so if people choose to play 360 games on their 720's they have the option, honestly I'd love for Sony to come out with something similar, nobody is forcing people to buy it.

Rumor that is wont use DRM
http://stickskills.com/2013...

Rumor that it wont block used games
http://www.gamingcapacity.c...

There is a more recent rumor about the used game issue from yesterday.
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech...

*Edit*
@TheGrimReaper
It's all good, I wouldn't have posted it if I didn't read it myself, it seems that one of these articles was denied from being posted yesterday, not sure why we keep seeing the older rumors instead of the newer more positive one.

TheGrimReaper1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

Ohhhhh I've made a big mistake!!!
Sry I've misread "used games" and thought about old gen games...
2:30 am ...
I shouldn't comment at this time!

My deepest apologies to you Jek_Porkins!!!
Everything you've said is true and sounds plausible.

EDIT:
You've answered while I was writing this...
Sry you've had to use your last bubble!
And yes, these rumors keep contradicting themselves. E3 can't come soon enough.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1206d ago

based completely on rumors. My GOD just wait till MS says something official. THEN complain!

Qrphe1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

I doubt it since Microsoft will put millions upon millions in advertising to make sure such scenario does not happen. A $200 million dollars campaign resulted in the success of over 20 million Kinect units sold.

2pacalypsenow1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

$500 million and 2 years later and no fuc*s are give about the kinect

Software_Lover1205d ago

My family and I use kinect every other day. Fruit Ninja, Kinect Adventures, Netflix, Hole in the Wall. Good humorous fun.

Gaming is not about "being cool" its about having fun. Companies are just looking at different avenues to change the way we game. If they did not, we would still be using the Atari stick. Everything they make is not gonna be a success, just look at all of the different nintendo peripherals, but atleast they try.

ALLWRONG1205d ago

"$500 million and 2 years later and no fuc*s are give about the kinect"

Sony does because they copied it.

Qrphe1205d ago

Except millions of people bought it and proved to be successful. In fact, the Xbox 361 will openly go after that audience.

@ALWAYSWRONG

What is the EyeToy

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