Xbox 720 may feature Kinect 2 and Blu-ray

The Xbox 720 might feature a new advanced Kinect 2 and a Blu-ray optical drive, according to reports.

The new issue of UK-based Xbox World (via CVG) features an article rounding up the rumoured specs of Microsoft’s next console, and at the top are suggestions that the long-rumoured “Kinect 2” will come as standard. Kinect 2, of which there have been some reported leaked images, may feature far more accurate image and depth recognition than the current version, allowing the user to exert more control over games and the Xbox 720 user interface.

There’s also mention of a Blu-ray Disc drive, which sounds plausible enough – DVD’s limited capacity makes it an unimpressive alternative, and the current generation’s Sony PS3 already features Blu-ray. While we suspect Microsoft might prefer to go down the “downloads only” route for games, it’s simply not practical in parts of the world where broadband is slow or worse, not available.

Other rumoured features mentioned in the article include an upgrade to USB 3.0 (again, this makes sense), a magnesium alloy shell to aid cooling and a set of AV inputs enabling the user to record broadcast TV to the Xbox 720’s hard drive.

We’re likely to find out if all this is accurate or not come June’s E3 conference, when Microsoft seems certain to unveil the Xbox 720 – or whatever it’s called – to the public.

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