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Xbox 720 release to see two launch models land but no Blu-ray player

Luke Johnson


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New Xbox 720 specs have hit the web with latest rumours suggesting that Microsoft’s next-gen gamer will be made available with two launch models whilst an integrated Blu-ray player will be missing.

Suggesting that Microsoft will follow-up the recent PS4 unveiling with two new console variations, latest reported have suggested that both an entry level Arcade Xbox 720 and premium Pro Xbox 720 console will be made available at launch.

Offering further insight into the distinguishing nature of the two consoles, the newly surfaced rumours have suggested that whilst the Arcade Xbox 720 will play host to a 320GB of inbuilt storage, the Pro model will features a 500GB storage capacity. What’s more, for those with demanding content needs, a 1TB addition hard disk is reportedly set to be made available for purchase alongside the two machines.

The latest Xbox 720 rumours, which have emerged courtesy of a claimed “source who has gone hands-on with the console’s prototype,” have also speculated on the Xbox 720 specs sheet, suggested that, contrary to previous reports, the Nintendo Wii U rival will not play host to an integrated Blu-ray player.

A potential blow for the console’s home entertainment credentials, reports of an errant Xbox 720 Blu-ray player land alongside claims that the Xbox 360 follow-on will play host to a processor three times as powerful as that featured on its predecessor.

Xbox 720 Rumours

With an Xbox 720 launch event reportedly tipped for April 26, Microsoft is believed to be ramping up to launch with the company recently rumoured to be planning to showcase the Xbox 720 this week to internal executives and key partners.

Largely expected to land playing host to 8GB of RAM, further Xbox 720 rumours have pegged the console as hosting a 1.6GHz eight-core AMD x64 processor alongside a revised Kinect 2 motion gaming peripheral that will reportedly come boxes with every unit.

Said to be targeting a more well-rounded, fully immersive home entertainment setup, recent Xbox 720 rumours had suggested the gamer will allow for Siri-esque voice commands to be made.

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Via: GamingCapacity


March 5, 2013, 5:48 pm

Seriously do not fall for this... with Blu Ray confirmed as being inside the Durango dev kits from the very guy who has been selling them on ebay (and busted for it) why would Blu Ray not be in the final console?

And how did an unknown small website like that get a contact to leak them information when the reveal is not until March 7th. Also next gen is highly unlikely to be packaged in a 360 S console....

Seriously !!!

Kieran Jeffery

March 5, 2013, 6:38 pm

Does it matter? Surely everyone that wants a BlueRay player has one by now? You can stream movies online anyway. Blue Ray has much slower read times than DVD. On top of that you get a bit of dust or a scratch on a BlueRay you lose 10x the data you'd lose from a DVD.
I'm sure only a tiny percentage of people planning on purchasing the new Xbox will be put off by the lack of BlueRay.

Ian Davison-Dalton

March 5, 2013, 6:56 pm

Can't really see a future for Blu Ray or any other disk format to be honest, digital files are the way forward and with bigger bandwidth and storage space available, it can be streamed or kept in the cloud!


March 5, 2013, 9:52 pm

0% chance of MS sticking with DVD..

You can't possible expect someone to mess about with 5+ maybe even 10+ DVDs for a really large, highly detailed game?

As for downloadable games, it needs to be an option but not forced upon customers. To be a commercial success you need to give yourself the best chance to reach as much of your target audience as you can. Everyone can either get to a shop to buy a game or order a game online to be delivered to their home, some people have a fast enough connection and no download limit to download 50+GB games in a reasonable time. But you can't just force a massive change onto customers as you will lose them.

Maybe MS will bring out their own ultra violet laser disk, after all they were very much in bed with HD DVD format but you will absolutely need a minimum of 50GB disks for decent next gen games.

Another angle to look at this is if its a totally proprietary disk format it will be a massive defense against pirated games.

Its going to be called Xbox 1080, due to every game, every screen, every movie, all being 1080p. Xbox 720 would sound dated.


March 5, 2013, 11:32 pm

This proves that morons shouldn't be allowed to make articles...next you'll be saying that all the Xbox's will come with Kinect built in!Luke Johnson,start using your brain,and stop wasting other peoples time!

Kevin Westhead

March 6, 2013, 12:09 am

I can see MS not supporting Blu-ray movie playback in favour of promoting their (and others) online services but surely the console must have a high capacity optical format for games? Perhaps they've developed their own?


March 6, 2013, 2:25 am

I assume by no Bluray player they mean it won't play Bluray video discs, but DOES still use Bluray for the games.

This is the same principle as the Wii/Wii U not supporting DVD playback (officially) but it DOES read DVD game discs. Its basically a way to save money by not licensing the DVD/Bluray playback technology and would make a lot of sense.

Games consoles are a lot more noisy and power hungry than a dedicated Bluray player anyway. I would much prefer they put that money saved into including backwards compatibility, although sadly I don't think there is much chance of that.


March 6, 2013, 7:42 am

the problem with that theory is that 1080p sounds, and is, dated as well...


March 6, 2013, 7:55 am

I'm afraid you won't get better out of Jaguar architecture and on-board graphics.
Personally I think 4k will take a lot longer to adopt than HD did as the difference will not be as noticeable and it will only really come into ite own on 60+" which not everyone wants such a large tv'sin their living rooms.
Plus content will be limited, we are a long way from being able to streaming high quality 4k over the net to the vast amount of homes, H.265 or not.
I think the take up will be very much like 3D, new stuff will be made with 4k in mind and there might even be a 4k channel eventually but in reality its take up will be very slow.


March 6, 2013, 2:05 pm

I think Microsoft are going to suffer from the 3rd Generation console blues...... Shame as the 360 was amazing :(


March 6, 2013, 2:10 pm

HD-DVD Maybe making a comeback? :o


March 6, 2013, 2:22 pm

Most people don't have access to very high speed bandwidth required for this - it is a big world after all. And don't forget about datacaps. Having to redownload a number of games, if you have an issue and have to wipe your hard drive, would annoy me to no end. I've limited gaming time, I don't want to have to sit there and watch as a game is downloading, nor wonder if I'm blowing my data cap and will face a hugh bill because of it. At least PS4 seems to be thinking ahead on this and let you play a game as it's still downloading.

And I haven't even touched on what happens if a company goes belly up with all of 'your' games in the cloud. It's an issue for a lot of people. And then think about 4K (and beyond) and all that bandwidth times all the people who don't have it yet.

Physical formats make sense and have a long enough future ahead of them. While we might get rid of it some day, don't think it'll disappear any time soon. Think in terms of decades.

Keith G

March 6, 2013, 6:58 pm

Who cares? seriously? I don't know anyone who uses physical blu-ray anymore.

Brian Volke

March 7, 2013, 3:17 am

Because there is no streaming video service that even remotely compares to blu-ray quality. The best is Vudu HDX which is 6.5MB per second vs blu-rays 40mb per second. Any film fan knows blu-ray is vastly superior.

Robert A Wallace

March 8, 2013, 7:26 pm

yet again X-BOX "microsoft" want more and more money.
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