A purported leaked document of Microsoft's internal details of the Xbox 720 has been unearthed.
Firstly, the document, which stems back from 2010, refers to the next-gen platform as Xbox 720, as well as mentioning Blu-ray compatibility, the next generation of Kinect, a 2013 launch window, augmented reality glasses and cloud features. Furthermore, a $299.99 price point, which includes both the console and the next Kinect, is included within the document. The Xbox 720 will also apparently be "six times as powerful" as the Xbox 360 due to the aforementioned Blu-ray compatibility, as well as the console's ability to deliver "always online" technology.
Adding to the credibility of the document is the fact that it details extensive plans of Microsoft making the Xbox a more entertainment-centric platform. SmartGlass, which was announced during E3 2012, is referenced. It also states the Xbox 720 will by 2015 offer "Xbox experiences served up form the cloud. Instantly on any screen". This service will allow users to record shows that can be viewed on other connected devices, as well as the ability to stream media and play games on the Xbox 720 itself and then allow consumers to continue via PCs and phones with the utilization of RemoteFX technology. Ultimately, players can game on the go.
Other details stemming from the document includes:
- Xbox 720 will support 3D via Kinect 3D glasses, which is codenamed Fortaleza; incidentally, as was the case with Natal -- Kinect's codename -- Fortaleza is a state capital in Brazil. The functionality will arrive in 2014 with WiFi. By 2015, the console will utilize 4G.
- Kinect 2.0 will launch during 2013; it'll come with better play space, dedicated processing and improved tracking.
- Microsoft may purchase OnLive, who is listed as a potential "acquisition target."
- Separate processing unit will deliver backwards compatibility with an Xbox 360 title.
- "Wii 2" price is around $249.
This document may very well be fake - especially judging by the amateur images - but it does mention Smart Glass and indeed confirms other various rumors pertaining to the Xbox 720. Either way, we've all seen countless fake leaks that were extensive, but this particular document leak would evidently beat them all.
Update: The document in question has been removed by the request of Covington & Burling LLP, who is a corporate law firm. We're sure Microsoft would have used the company to get the leak's source removed, further adding to the credence of the document. You wouldn't go through the trouble of getting something removed if it was fake, right? The images included within the leak, however, can be viewed via the gallery below.