Someone who claims to be leaving “the game” of leaks within the next month is going out with a blaze of glory by leaking supposed Microsoft plans.
A Reddit user calling themselves ‘MSnerd’ took to the site today to run a “IAMA” thread and talk about future Microsoft plans in general, but offered up some interesting tidbits on the Xbox brand. The highlights of his talk included:
My understanding is that we’ll see a Xbox device in late 2013 which does Arcade-style games & all the current & future media apps with Kinect (with near-mode). It will be an ARM-based platform price-competitive with the Apple TV (if you own a Kinect already).
At some point after that, we’ll see a Xbox Next, a true successor to the 360. Details about it are very hazy, except that, like the 360, it will do games for core-audiences & the same media apps as the other device, also with Kinect.
Somewhat later, Kinect itself will likely receive a camera update for the video camera first. Around 2015-ish I expect a generational update, to add a better depth camera, processor & inter-connect.
The biggest issue I see with what is mentioned here is what would be the point to the Xbox Lite if its competitively priced if you already own a Kinect? If you own one of these controllers, chances are about 99.999999% that you own an Xbox 360 to hook it up to. And considering some of the pricing bundles that have been out there for a console with Kinect, it would be difficult to convince someone to buy an underpowered machine just for the motion games.
As for no camera update to the Kinect until the 2015 timeframe, that one is anyone’s call. Microsoft may want to update it sooner for use for computers, but if they are indeed just keeping it in the realm of gaming for now, then they might peg it with the Xbox Next/Xbox 720, we’ll just have to wait and see.
For now, we take these rumors with a grain of salt, but it’s still intriguing to see what Microsoft may have in store for its popular gaming brand.