Rumor: Next Xbox 2 to 3 Times More Powerful Than PS Omni, Will Cost $499

The Next Xbox

Microsoft’s next console is said to be 2 to 3 times more powerful than PlayStation Omni, but manufacturing issues and developers not having enough time to make games for it, might force MS to have a “soft launch” next year and a full-blown launch in 2014.

Rumor water, you should drink sparingly.

This new rumor comes to us courtesy ‘Geno’, an anonymous source of Dual Pixels who’s been accurate twice before. The source would not release his name because he/she was not authorized to speak on the matter, nonetheless the details are, just like the PlayStation Omni leaks today, quite intriguing.

Once more, we’ll let Nostradamus Geno speak for himself:

Microsoft is the most vague out of all of them. It’s slated to be the most powerful out of all the next-gen consoles – about 4 to 6 times more powerful than Wii U and 2 to 3 times more powerful than Playstation Omni. The project has gone through many name iterations and will not be decided on until shortly before it’s E3 unveiling. Microsoft is also running into manufacturing issues and developers not having games done on time, so instead of delaying the launch to Summer 2014, they are thinking of “soft launching” it Holiday November 2013 and then have a full blowout in the summer. All units will come with Kinect 2 built in which can track up to four people, all objects in the living room, clothing, face structure and fingers. It can also understand different voices and has its own PPU.

In 2014, Microsoft will introduce the “LiveWall”, an omni-projection unit that will allow game environments to be projected nearly 360 degrees around the user. Using Kinect 2, they have two demos: one that is a battlefield RTS and one that is a kung fu game with guys attacking all around. The LiveWall can also project different images on the wall, so people can play different games on different walls. Microsoft is prepared to champion this unit as a cheaper and more effective alternative to wearing a “goofy stupid VR headset” to combat Sony’s Omniviewer while Sony is going to point out the low resolution quality and the lack of privacy. The system is going to be very expensive in the $499 range, so Microsoft is planning on using a remolded Xbox Live (Possibly renamed Xbox Life) to offer a Pro (Gold) subscription two or three-year contract to sell the unit at $300 – $399. The final goal with the tech is to shrink the system down on a chip enough so it can be put into tablets, PCs and Smart TVs so that all devices are Xbox ready.

Known first-party Xbox Next games: Halo Trilogy Remake, Chief Samurai by Rare, Project Gotham Racing, Kinectimals 2, Rise, Carnival Park, Fable 4.

All exciting stuff, wouldn’t you agree? But again, drink this sparingly, folks!

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4 Comments on "Rumor: Next Xbox 2 to 3 Times More Powerful Than PS Omni, Will Cost $499"

  1. benzo November 30, 2012 at 11:50 am -

    WOW…this is getting interesting! I hope that some of this stuff isnt true….for instance the price tag and the projector thing. Not feeling that. The power would have to be immense to do all this stuff, so I can see it being 2 to 3 times more powerful that the PS4. But man….thats a steep steep price!

  2. nick December 1, 2012 at 3:23 am -

    500s not a steep price, come here and pay twice that!
    500s pretty fair for a console especially on launch.
    BS again on multiple levels.
    if the next xbox is 2-3 times more powerful than the ps4 ill eat my whole gaming collection and TV!

  3. Ernice Gilbert December 2, 2012 at 11:11 am -

    Maybe not in AU, but $500 in the US is a lot of money for a console.

  4. ozzAR0th December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am -

    TBH I am not too surprised at it being more powerful than the next Playstation, I personally love PS for the games and services they provide, not for power-house consoles, PS has always been pretty far down hardware wise and it has never bothered anyone. The PS3 being super-powerful may have in fact been its downfall, because it bumped up the price and developers didn’t really use the better hardware well so games didn’t even come out at a higher quality.

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