An old rumor around the Xbox 720 has been reignited again after a gaming news outlet received confirmation for sources with the device in hand. According to a source, every Xbox 720 unit will come with a Kinect camera standard. Apparently, the camera must be connected to the unit at all times.
According to Kotaku, the same source that attempted to sell his Xbox 720 dev unit on ebay before Microsoft stepped in has revealed to the publication that Kinect will be a vital component of the console. It is so vital that if the Kinect camera is not connected to the Xbox 720 the console will not turn on.
The camera will always be watching you even while the Xbox 720 is off, and detect when you want to turn it on. The next gen Kinect camera is said to be far superior over the current device and can recognize up to six people in the room. There are implications that through the Kinect device, the Xbox 720 will recognize and change various aspects of the dashboard such as theme and avatar to cater to each user.
The next gen Kinect will also be able to recognize your thumb (none of the other fingers yet) and also read facial expression, seeing whether you’re sad, angry or happy.
The Kinect camera has been improved in every aspect from a higher color resolution of 1080 and even has an active IR resolution. The reason Microsoft wants to make Kinect mandatory to even turn on the X box 720 is because developers are supposed to program games with it in mind.
The Xbox 720 will also feature the capability to run multiple apps at the same time, kind of like Android, iPhone and PS Vista. Gamers will be able to pause one game and launch another one while the other one is running in the background. It sounds like this feature will be limited to low overhead apps like Twitter and Facebook.
Many of Microsoft’s newly created studios are reported to be heavily in development on Kinect titles. It seems like Microsoft wants to push the Xbox 720 as a casual device like Nintendo and possibly succeed with a gimmick out of the gates.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s next gen plans?