Report: Xbox 720 to debut a year after Nintendo's Wii U

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Nintendo may have recently rolled out its next-gen Wii U console, but it will be a year until Microsoft launches its long-awaited Xbox 720 in time for 2013 holiday season.

According to Bloomberg , Microsoft remains undecided as to when and where it will officially debut the new gaming system. Possible venues include E3 2013 this June, or perhaps even s a separate event dedicated solely to promoting the 720.

In the meantime, Microsoft is still profiting off its stalwart 360 gaming system, selling around 750,000 over Thanksgiving weekend - more than twice as many shipments of Nintendo's Wii U.

While Microsoft has yet to officially confirm any 720 specs, reports indicate that Redmond's next-gen Xbox will boast advanced augmented reality capabilities, directional sound and a four-player finger-tracking Kinect (2.0).

In addition, the editor in chief of Xbox World recently leaked some additional details in honor of the magazine's final issue. According to Dan Dawkins via CVG , the 720 will also feature a Blu-ray drive (finally!), directional audio, a TV output and input, an 'innovative controller' and even AR glasses at an unspecified date after launch.

Although Dawkins didn't disclose final specs, he did note that the current version of the Xbox 720 Durango developer kit was equipped with a CPU loaded with four hardware cores - each divided into four logical cores along with 8GB of RAM.

Dawkins also confirmed that Xbox World had used leaks and industry sources to construct a detailed 3D mock-up of what the publication expected the next-gen Xbox to look like.

"We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modelled the silver band after its new 'Wedge' touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse," he added.

The Xbox 360 - which launched way back in 2005 - is powered by a 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon, 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz, along with a 500 MHz ATI Xenos (graphics).