An unsubstantiated new report claimed on Monday that Microsoft's next Xbox console will in fact not house a Blu-ray player inside.
The new Xbox, expected to be unveiled this year by Microsoft, has alternately been referred to as the "Xbox 720" and its reported codename, "Durango." Previous reports have claimed that it would include a Blu-ray player.
Monday's report came from the site Gaming Capacity, which claimed to have received the Xbox 720 info from a source who's "had hands-on time" with Microsoft's next console. The source spoke only "under conditions of anonymity," the site reported.
Given the nature of this report, it's certainly safe to say that none of these Durango details should be considered gospel until Microsoft makes its own announcement, but they may be worth considering nonetheless.
Xbox 720 at E3?
Speaking of Microsoft's announcement: the site's unnamed source reportedly claimed that the Xbox booth is going to be "party central" at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.
It's not clear exactly what that means, but it does seem to hint at an Xbox 720 announcement at E3.
According to the report, the Xbox 360 successor will be released during the 2013 holiday season.
Next Xbox specs
The source revealed other details: the new Xbox 720 will have three times the processing power of the Xbox 360, it said, and will launch with both 320GB "Arcade" and 500GB "Pro" configurations. A 1TB HDD will be available as a separate add-on.
This report also got into the nitty-gritty details, claiming that the new Xbox will pack a 1.6GHz eight-core AMD x64 CPU, a Direct3D 11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDT3 memory.
Xbox Smartglass is reportedly still a thing, though there was no word on the new Kinect 2.0 or any other more immersive technologies, like the rumored "IllumiRoom" room-filling projections.
And then there was 4
With Sony's PlayStation 4 confirmed for a holiday 2013 release date, it's a safe guess that Microsoft is probably hustling to make sure the Xbox "Durango" comes out around the same time.
The Xbox 360 launched earlier than the PS3 in the last generation of gaming consoles, and you can bet neither company wants to fall behind this time around.
If both the Xbox 720 and the PS4 get a release at the end of the year, a lot of gamers are going to have a tough decision to make come the holidays.
TechRadar reached out to Gaming Capacity to see if the site could offer us proof of its source's veracity, but so far we haven't heard back.