If any of the gaming community was able to choose a lasting concept for the next Xbox Console, what would you like to add, to improve a somewhat outdated 360 system architecture?
Granted, Microsoft have made some great advancements over the original 2005 console, including Dashboard Updates and the addition of the Kinect Sensor, but what about the next 10 years?
There is little doubt in most gamers minds, that for the next Gen, there is going to have to be the ability of Cloud Gaming as well as Disc Based & XBLA based games. Some people will take the leap forward, others like things just the way they are and won't relish the change, therefore, both will be essential to build on current branding.
What Microsoft may need to focus upon, more than ever before, is the power of the console. After all, we have seen the PSP Vita released with quad core technology which means its classed as palm technology also (at best).
Would you be buying the next Microsoft Edition if this is the best technology it contained within it's silky or matte black skin? Well thats rather debatable and many opinions would be flying around. Though the focus probably isn't as high with the Vita as with current PC gaming including the technology that these are now running on (let alone, running away with) mainly highlighted by DICE and Battlefield 3 during the 4th quarter of 2011, with the larger lobbies and superior Graphics.
So, that said, what exactly would you put in the console? Hold that thought.
It's not only PC's that seem to have made technology leaps recently. With the imminent mainstream arrival of Super HD and 3D technologies ever advancing, there is a whole new issue regarding graphical processing elements and we all know what happened in 2006+ with failures to the GPU's resulting in RROD, E74, E73 and other Microsoft issues costing BILLIONS in repair bills which is without doubt a place consumer and Developer akin would hope to discard to the mists of time.
So the big question is, what are we talking in spec design? How many cores? Who will be chosen for Graphic Support. What will build the most fundamental basics of the console that will blast it far into the future?
Maybe a 6 Core Intel based processor would likely be a starting platform, possibly combined with an AMD CrossfireX GPU unless they decide to switch to Nvidia which seems less than likely. Lose the memory cards, increase USB storage capability, offer Cloud Gaming Support via OnLive or a parallel self-supported package. It may even be best to offer the DVD drive as a USB plug-in option due to the issues seen with laser life expectancy plus sticky drives and remove the locked DVD code that 'pairs' the DVD and CPU on current models so backup's are useable without key transfers.
Likely there is no correct answer and Microsoft will clearly make the final decision yet as the consumer, it is your choice to speak out and forge the road ahead. I sincerely would like to see the next-gen Xbox sink the competitors battleship, as it will only inspire more work and determination to build faster better consoles.
Speak out for your next super Xmas or Birthday present, after all the Next-Gen Era is now upon us all.
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