Micrsoft's Xbox 720 codenamed 'Loop'

With the Xbox 360 going on six years young, there have been a lot of rumours circulating in the techosphere about its successor, the Xbox 720. Now, the 720 has had its codename outed as the rather uninspiring 'Loop'.

Microsoft über geek MS Nerd revealed the 720's codename, also claiming the next-gen Xbox will be "far smaller", cheaper and very Kinect-focused when it arrives next year.

According to our geek source, the Xbox 720 will feature a modified Windows 9 core, featuring a custom-made ARM-based processor and dedicated cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It's also rumoured to use a Zune HD-esque hardware platform and feature some form of Windows phone integration.

Hopefully the Xbox 720 will make its debut at E3 next year, no doubt alongside the customary booth babes. However, with rumours that Microsoft is currently stuck in the early stages of production with a 2012 launch date

 

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Rumor: Next Xbox Will Have ARM CPU, Windows 9 Core
 

6:00 AM - November 9, 2011 - By Kevin Parrish -
 

The next Xbox may use an ARM SoC, allowing it to be smaller and cheaper than the current Xbox 360.
 

Whether it will be called Xbox Next, Xbox 720 or Xbox Loop, the next-generation Microsoft gaming console slated to make an appearance in 2013 will reportedly feature a "Zune HD-like" hardware platform: an ARM-based heterogeneous system-on-chip (SoC) with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. The SoC will even be custom designed by Microsoft along with two unannounced partners.
 

In addition to the ARM-based SoC, rumors suggest that the console's operating system will be built around a Windows 9 core. Yet a recent leaked roadmap suggests that Windows 9 won't even go into Developer Preview mode until the BUILD conference in 2013, the same timeframe when Xbox "Loop" is slated to arrive in stores. For that matter, Windows 9 isn't scheduled to enter beta until CES 2014 if Microsoft stays on track. Using a Windows 8 core sounds more likely for the unannounced console to better connect it with Windows Phone 8 devices and Windows 8 PCs.
 

According to rumors, the next Xbox will rely on the ARM-based architecture in order to make it smaller and cheaper than the current Xbox 360 system, further enabling Kinect adoption. Microsoft may be looking to make it more portable despite previous conceptual designs of the future console, but don't expect the company to remove the optical drive just yet -- physical media is still the preferred method of content delivery.
 

For years Microsoft has stated that the Xbox 360 console will have a lifespan of up to around 2015, but that never meant the company would hold off on releasing a new console until then. Yet with mobile technology progressing at an accelerated rate and the uncertainty of the gaming industry's immediate future, it's understandable that Nintendo and Microsoft are scrambling to push the console sector into another generation. The Wii U looks to take on a tablet approach while current rumors suggest Microsoft wants something a bit more portable... possibly with 3G connectivity?
 

As always, take all of this with a grain of salt: nothing is official or set in stone.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ARM-Xbox-720-Xbox-Next-Xbox-Loop-Windows-9,news-13130.html 

Well Loop is better than 720... lol, getting officially excited now. :P

Surely they will release it along side Halo 4 or 5? They'll need some games for launch.

Good info guys.  Let's hope they annouce something at next years E3...

I'll be interested to see what will happen to those who for whatever reason cant afford the 720/loop and remain on 360. Will they still be able to keep intouch with people on their friends list who have the new machine over xbox live? Or will they have to start a new friends list?

well remember the original Xbox run at the same time as the 360 till the original LIVE was phased out, with MS planning to at least keep the 360 alive till 2015, there will be plenty of time for both to co exist until everyone can move up to a the next version console

"very Kinect-focused" :-(

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Surely they will release it along side Halo 4 or 5? They'll need some games for launch.

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Exactly my thinking.

No better way to start off a new Trilogy with a new console , but with Halo 4 being in dev already , it gives microsoft little time to finalise the console specs so 343 can build around it........It could go either way.

Smaller cheaper and Kinect focused. Might as well just call it a Wii and have done with it.

Time to start thinking about saving for a nice gaming PC.

Again it's only a 'Rumor' but I've seen on 3 sites now people saying that there's a strong chance that Forza 5 'could' be a launch title for the next Xbox.

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