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Initial post: Mar 19, 2013 8:07:06 PM PDT
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www.vg247.com/2013/03/20/durango-kinect-always-on-internet-and-installs-all-mandatory-rumour/

A couple of rumours about the next Xbox console have resurfaced, describing a console that is always on the Internet, always watching you with its robotic eye, and always insisting you install your games.

A general overview of the hardware codenamed Durango was published by VGLeak as part of an article on Durango's XDK. The site has released a number of documents believed related to the new Microsoft console, and although this information can't be verified, independent sources have corroborated many of the details produced in the past. Even if authentic, the information may be out of date.
With those caveats in mind, here's the full text

The Durango console is designed to offer developers modern hardware that is more powerful than the Xbox 360. It uses a familiar x64 Architecture and tools, and compared with Xbox 360 development, will reduce development time and effort spent on performance optimization. Hardware accelerators, including "move engines" for common tasks, will be added to the console.

Move engines can perform common game tasks like compression and decompression while moving data around the system. The console also has dedicated hardware support for common audio processing tasks that reduce the amount of CPU time that must be devoted to audio. The GPU provides considerable computing power, and supports Direct3D 11.

Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use. The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this "Always On, Always Connected" design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates.

Every Durango console will be sold with a new high-fidelity Kinect Sensor, which will be required for the system to operate. The console will provide HD video, and will use new depth sensor technology to provide better screen resolution and less noisy depth data. Active infrared illumination will provide high-quality monochrome images even in low ambient light conditions. A wider field of view allows play in smaller spaces, and removes the need for a tilt motor.

System software will offer a full set of system API for Natural User Interface (NUI), and the API set will be an improvement to the corresponding API used by Xbox 360. Skeleton tracking, identity and other NUI functions will be performed by the system, and for that reason, titles no longer need to allocate title resources to NUI.
The Durango controller will make the best-in-class Xbox 360 controller even better. it will have low-latency wireless connectivity to the console, and improved ergonomics. System interaction that use the controller will be simplified to make them easier for noncore gamers.

Every Durango console will have a hard drive, although its exact capacity has not been chosen. It will be large enough, however, to hold a large number of games. All games will be installed on the hard drive. Play from the optical disc will not be supported.

Durango consoles will have a Blu-ray Disc drive. Disc media will be used for distribution, but during gameplay, games will not use content from the optical disc. An installation system is being designed that will allow gamers to begin playing while the game is being installed on the hard drive rather than waiting until installation is complete.

Audio output from Durango will be all digital - 7.1 discrete PCM output through HDMI and [obscured]. Hardware accelerators will be included for decoding and decompressing common audio formats. There also will be a dedicated sound processor to perform common signal processing in hardware.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 8:12:03 PM PDT
Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 8:20:30 PM PDT
They tasted like candy

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:21:58 PM PDT
I.Flores says:
If true, Microsoft is sharpening the blade for a seppuku.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:24:45 PM PDT
Deja Vu. Pretty sure I've seen this article before.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:40:36 PM PDT
If this true I will even burn my xbx360

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:52:09 PM PDT
Ham Salad says:
Let's see... always on power, always on internet, and Kinect (which is primarily a camera) required. The next XBox is obviously a ploy to spy on us 24-7, even when we're not using it!

Apple was right in that Big Brother commercial about Microsoft, so many years ago.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 9:07:51 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 11:36:33 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:23:27 AM PDT
RJMacReady says:
" new depth sensor technology to provide better screen resolution and less noisy depth data"

Ha ha. I heard its going to have a bifurcated modem to inculcate cross patch data switching which should optimize download times for non binary memory modules.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 2:56:31 AM PDT
Cats Go Nyan says:
I'm gonna go ahead and point out that you forgot to put "- rumour" in the title, like they did on the article.

And why bother posting this? We've seen everything on this article plenty of times already.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 5:08:12 AM PDT
Phranctoast says:
I never seen screen shots from the SDK before.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 5:32:07 AM PDT
FOGE says:
Kinnect: "Would you like to install this game?"

Gamer: No thanks Kinnect.

Kinnect: "Im afraid I cant let you do that."

Gamer: I'll just play some Killzone while you download then.

Kinnect: "Im afraid I cant let you do that. Your PS4 has been indefinitely shut down for ... maintenance."

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 5:34:38 AM PDT
If this rumor is true, then those instal times better be quick.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:07:23 AM PDT
Gameresq says:
Gamer: Good thing I have a Wii U

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:08:29 AM PDT
Rumor is not a simile for fact.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:12:22 AM PDT
Voice of god says:
Simile is not a synonym for synonym.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:12:35 AM PDT
True gamer: Good thing I didn't waste any money on consoles and play on the superior platform - PC.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:17:59 AM PDT
Junkiiiii says:
I stopped reading at a couple of rumors.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:36:22 AM PDT
Gameresq says:
I will concede that PC is a superior platform. To be fair, though, it should be noted that my Wii U cost $350, which sum represents about 1/3 of the cost of a gaming PC.

The Wii U also includes a fun game and will support new games for 7-8 years, while the gaming PC will be obsolete by Christmas. PC is the province of high-end gaming, and I am decidedly not high-end.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:45:51 AM PDT
"A couple of rumours about the next Xbox console have resurfaced, describing a console that is always on the Internet, always watching you with its robotic eye, and always insisting you install your games."

Incidentally, Microsoft has decided to name their new console "HAL 9000"

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:52:10 AM PDT
C. Zajic says:
Microsoft hasn't exactly been vocal about how untrue these rumors are.
In fact reflecting on the accuracy of the rumors regarding the PS4, some were pretty accurate.
Still, I'll wait on Microsoft confirming the "no offline play" before deciding.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:07:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 7:08:37 AM PDT
My PC I purchased in 2005 can play BL2 at 60+ FPS.

"The Wii U also includes a fun game..."

Baha! At least you have one game to play....*Glances at neverending PC game library spanning multiple generations*

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 7:11:41 AM PDT
M. McFly says:
Yet everyone is still calling msft the winner of next gen. I dont know what is worse, those dumb blanket statements by analysts or declaring xbox dead when neither side has any official data.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:19:19 AM PDT
I still love the part about the gaming PC being obselete before Christmas. Most gaming PC's right now already outpower the "future" console specs. Seeing as how lately most games are made to fit those specs, a gaming PC is likely to last you just as long if not longer then your consoles, AND have a library that is at least 5 times the size of any console to be released, plus the fact that you pay significantly less for games on PC then you do on console, and I would have to say for the next gen I'm really going to have to say the PC far outclasses consoles.
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