As the unveiling of Microsoft’s next Xbox comes closer, rumors concerning the machine have become louder. The latest is rather interesting, though, as it claims Redmond will actually release two versions of the impending console.
According to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz, one will be a stripped down console to be sold very cheap and is described as a set-top box, with Kinect-themed games being its main focus. The other, however, will be a console dedicated to the hardcore crowd, and is described as a a “more fully-featured machine” with optical drive, hard disk and backwards compatibility.
Kinect, according to the rumor, will be bundled with both SKUs.
This latest rumor, unlike the former from Edge, believes Xbox 720 won’t see a release next year, but will be unveiled in June at E3, and will be launched in 2013. Edge claimed the new console would launch in 2012, and that many developers would receive their dev kits by this Christmas.