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Details of 2013 console and 2014 augmented reality glasses trickle out

Want to know secret details about Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) upcoming Xbox 720?  Too bad, says Microsoft.

A small army of lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP, among the international law firms whom Microsoft employs, have taken to the internet waging war against a documents leak which hit the web over the weekend.  Takedown notices are flying, removing copies of the document on DropBox, Scribd, and more.

Inhed.cz, a Czech tech news site also received a notice.  Microsoft's lawyers write:

Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.

1. Identification of copyrighted works:

Copyrighted work(s):
IEB Roadmap

Copyright owner: ?
Microsoft Corporation

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):

xxxxxxxxxxx-XBox-720-9-24-Checkpoint-Draft-1.pptx

Google Inc. (GOOG) claims Microsoft is one of the most legally active companies in terms of takedown notices, requesting that 448,236 URLs be killed this month alone.  Some of those are due to its efforts to stomp out piracy and botnet hosting.  But others come from more questionable applications, such as trying to silence leaks.

The leaked Xbox 720 slides describe Kinect 2 and the "Fortaleza project" a Google-glasses like effort that could bring augmented reality to the Xbox 720 as early as 2014.  Here are a few of the verboeten slides:

Xbox 720

Xbox 720
Xbox 720
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Image Source: WPCentral]

The Xbox 720 is expected to launch next year in 2013.

Sources: Inhed, WPCentral



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8 years later
By foolsgambit11 on 6/21/2012 4:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
and only a 6x increase in performance? Ah well, it's not too bad I guess. Looks to be fully backwards compatible, 1080p 3D, with Blu-Ray. So that checks most of the boxes.




RE: 8 years later
By retrospooty on 6/21/2012 4:58:45 PM , Rating: 3
So long as it has a decent modern video card that can support high res textures I am happy. So tired of looking at blurry walls on PS3 and Xbox 360. Its definitely both consoles weakest point.


RE: 8 years later
By StevoLincolnite on 6/21/2012 7:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
It will be 9-10 years since the Xbox 360 launched when this system arrives, I think they could have packed more than 6x the performance considering how far GPU's have come since then.
Hopefully they don't hold it back with a tiny amount of Ram... Bigger worlds and better textures please!


RE: 8 years later
By MrBlastman on 6/22/2012 1:52:32 AM , Rating: 5
I have better textures... on my pc. :)


RE: 8 years later
By RjBass on 6/22/2012 10:08:00 AM , Rating: 2
Best comment yet. I was just going to say the same thing.


RE: 8 years later
By polishvendetta on 6/22/2012 9:53:00 AM , Rating: 2
Rumor has it there wll be 1-2gb of dedicated ram per core and theres something like 6-8 cores.


RE: 8 years later
By arazok on 6/22/2012 8:31:43 AM , Rating: 2
If it’s as picky about video and audio formats and network streaming as the current xbox it’s going to be a fail in my eyes. Blu-Ray support will be nice, but will I be allowed to play those over the network? I bet not, and that’s a shame. I’d buy one for every room in the house if I could.


RE: 8 years later
By PrezWeezy on 6/22/2012 1:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
If you have one in every room of the house, why do you want to stream over the network? Wouldn't you be able to just...put the disc in?


RE: 8 years later
By Arsynic on 6/22/2012 10:34:29 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
and only a 6x increase in performance?


Yesterday, I gave my son a penny. Today I gave him a dollar. That's a 100x increase!!!!

Yesterday, I gave my daughter $5. Today I gave her $10. That's only a 2x increase!!!!

According to your logic, my daughter should be disappointed since she only got a 2x increase.


RE: 8 years later
By lelias2k on 6/22/2012 2:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, if only everything in life was all about a couple of variables.


RE: 8 years later
By Wolfpup on 6/22/12, Rating: 0
RE: 8 years later
By Smilin on 6/25/2012 9:43:05 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
I'm very disturbed how Microsoft seems to have abandoned gaming though.


Huh?? Splain your nutbaggery, good sir.


Whole Home DVR
By fic2 on 6/21/2012 4:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Wonder if that means a CableCARD slot and QAM tuners. If so that would be pretty huge and the cable companies will hate it.




RE: Whole Home DVR
By mevans336 on 6/21/2012 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why would it? Does the DirecTV Whole Home DVR service need a cablecard slot and ClearQAM tuners?


RE: Whole Home DVR
By FITCamaro on 6/21/2012 4:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's already got a cable card in it


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 4:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
cablecards are basically end-of-life and they and the traditional set-top box will likely be replaced by a streaming gateway that can redistribute content any device on your home network (TV, PC, mobile, etc.)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/15/sony-tivo-ncta-...


RE: Whole Home DVR
By fic2 on 6/21/2012 7:00:30 PM , Rating: 3
I agree that CableCARDs are toward the end of the life there are millions in service in the U.S. and the cable companies will fight tooth and nail to not become just a data pipe/gateway. Of course, tooth and nail does not include lowering prices or anything silly like that.


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 8:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
cable co's (and directv) are behind this too. they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz. its far easier to just authorize and interal ip addr for hbo, sports, and kids pkg rather than maintaining a physical box at the home. it also gives them upgrade flexibility since they can enhance their ip feed without needing to swap out a physical box. (remember that SDV forced a lot of cable co's to retire certain boxes or continue sending out excess analog equivalents).

the FCC is behind this as well as most big TV mfgs. so XTV is simply ready for what's going to happen in the next few years.


RE: Whole Home DVR
By mcnabney on 6/22/2012 9:45:28 AM , Rating: 2
"they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz"

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 8:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
cable co's (and directv) are behind this too. they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz. its far easier to just authorize and interal ip addr for hbo, sports, and kids pkg rather than maintaining a physical box at the home. it also gives them upgrade flexibility since they can enhance their ip feed without needing to swap out a physical box. (remember that SDV forced a lot of cable co's to retire certain boxes or continue sending out excess analog equivalents).

the FCC is behind this as well as most big TV mfgs. so XTV is simply ready for what's going to happen in the next few years.


Too late.
By dark matter on 6/21/2012 5:17:25 PM , Rating: 3
Unless they are coming to wipe my mind.




RE: Too late.
By lagomorpha on 6/21/2012 5:48:12 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft has received information that the data listed above, which appears
to be on a brain under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is
engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published
by Microsoft.


RE: Too late.
By XZerg on 6/22/2012 10:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
That's solely reserved for Apple.


why questionable?
By kleinma on 6/21/2012 5:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
Wby is it questionable to try to stop leaks or have leaks taken down? I am sure the 720 is still in the early phases, and early leaked data can be damaging if it is later changed or it could give the opposition an edge on what they are planning to do to compete.

Questonable would be if MS had posted it themselves, then went around with takedown notices to anyone else that was also posting it. If someone (probably a 3rd party in this case) leaks NDA information, I see nothing wrong with MS or any company taking action there.




RE: why questionable?
By Smilin on 6/21/2012 5:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
If you've read the documents the Xbox 720 stuff is pretty ho-hum.

It's just a small part of a document that outlines the overall Microsoft consumer strategy for the next several years.

It's a really bad f'n leak. bad.


LOL @ Barbara Streisand
By mattclary on 6/21/2012 4:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
'Nuff said.




STOP CALLING IT 720!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Arsynic on 6/22/12, Rating: -1
By 91TTZ on 6/24/2012 7:36:25 AM , Rating: 1
Why was the second Xbox called the Xbox 360 in the first place? Wasn't Xbox 2 good enough?


XTV
By Flunk on 6/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: XTV
By fic2 on 6/21/2012 4:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess it is the 4k tv that is the next gen tv and is years away from being affordable.


RE: XTV
By mcnabney on 6/22/2012 10:14:20 AM , Rating: 2
No it is not. XTV is just watching TV shows online through Xbox Live or whatever they are calling it now.

X-Box720 will not support resolution higher than 1080p.
It appears that PS4 is going to support 4K, including 3D 4K. For a device that is expected to last another 10 years, choosing the 1080p-only console is probably foolish. 4K will be high-end this year, enthusiast next year, and common in 2014.


RE: XTV
By NihilistZerO on 6/23/2012 3:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
4K is impractical for any screen less than about 70-80" at a minimum.

The gains in DPI are imperceptible at lower sizes. 4K belongs in theaters, not home theaters.


RE: XTV
By foolsgambit11 on 6/21/2012 4:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like a service, not hardware. Something like Netflix, maybe?


RE: XTV
By kleinma on 6/21/2012 5:09:01 PM , Rating: 3
Calm down man... XTV, like "Xbox TV", like a paid streaming alternative to satellite or cable for TV service, through your xbox...Your existing HDTV is safe.


RE: XTV
By rlandess on 6/21/12, Rating: 0
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