Forget the Xbox 720. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 successor may simply end up being called “Xbox,” and it could be the beginning of several “X” branded devices, reports Pocket-lint.
Additionally, the site corroborated many of the leaked next-gen Xbox details from a few days ago. A source noted that the console will feature an eight-core AMD processor running at 1.9 gigahertz, and an AMD graphics processor running at 800 megahertz. In short, it has the potential to be a powerhouse. The next-generation title Watch Dogs runs at 55 to 60 frames per second while only maxing out five of the system’s CPU cores, the source said.
Remember that Xbox Surface gaming tablet? It may end up being called the “X-Surface,” alongside other devices that take advantage of the new console.
Gamers have taken to the Xbox 720 moniker as they became antsy for a new console — but that name never really made much sense to me, nor would it work for general consumers. Symbolically, the term “720″ doesn’t really have the positive spin that “360″ did. The Xbox 360 ended up being a living room hub that could tackle all of your entertainment needs — a 360-degree solution. Nobody ever talks about a 720-degree solution in that light, because it would ultimately mean circling twice and ending up in the same place.
It makes sense for Microsoft to fall back on the widely-recognized Xbox branding, much like Apple did with dropping the numbers from the iPad’s naming scheme. It’s simpler, and it leaves the door open for more frequent updates to the console down the line.
Multitasking will also be a key component of the next Xbox, according to Pocket-lint. The console will feature an OS with a design similar to Windows 8′s live tiles, and it will also require two CPU cores to handle background tasks like in-game video calls.
We’ll likely see plenty more rumors like this leading up to the E3 conference in June, where both Microsoft and Sony are expected to show off their new consoles.