Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 09:57 UTC
Games "A newly leaked 56-page document sheds some light on the company's plans, for what it calls the 'Xbox 720'. The presentation appears to be from August 2010, and references future improvements like SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard, and Xbox TV apps. Alongside its incremental Xbox 360 updates, Microsoft has a clear vision for its next-generation Xbox 720 console - we've dug into its plans to bring you the best bits." It's important to note the documentation is already two years old - a lifetime in the technology world. Still interesting, though. Now if you don't mind - back to Half-Life 2 on my plain old soon-to-be-outdated Xbox 360.
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While the document is dated at best, they show the vision they expect from their next gen (codenamed 720, but probably will be something else) console.

They identify their current weaknesses, future goals (always on, STB based SKUs, etc), and possible competition (AppleTV, and OnLive gets same respect as PS4).

They want at least one version with BluRay and DVR functionality, and possible portability between devices (phone, tablet, etc).

The last part is mostly about their recent project (SmartGlass), and it means there were working on tablet integration even before WiiU tablet controller was unveiled (it is reasonable since most tech companies think similarly).

Anyways, it gives an idea on how Microsoft "used to" think at 2010. If you have time, it would be a nice read.

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