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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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XTV
By Flunk on 6/21/2012 4:34:55 PM , Rating: -1
WTF is an XTV and why would I ever care?

They just sold us all HDTVs, I can't see people rushing out to buy something new. Even with HDTVs it took many years before they could make something significantly better than the previous model for people to care enough to replace them (and still not everyone).




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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