Today's Takeaway - NextBox rumors spiral out of control

Posted on January 25, 2012 - 6:40pm by Sean Hinz

I know, I know. We are all curious as to what Microsoft and Sony have in store for us with the next generation of consoles, but can everyone just shut up and really listen to these reports? We reported yesterday that there were sources saying that Microsoft has ordered a bunch of chips from IBM. That is common practice for manufacturers and distributors these days, so usually those rumors have weight. Then some source told Develop that the Wii U is twice as powerful as the Xbox 360. Ok... but so when IGN claims that the NextBox is 6 times as powerful as the Xbox 360 and should have a 20% "greater performance" than Wii U...  STOP!!!! Let me do the math. 

Say an Xbox 360 = 2, which means a Wii U would have a value of 4 (x2) and NextBox 12 (x6). This makes the "greater performance" of the NextBox 300% over the Wii U. Not 20%... Granted this assumes we are actually comparing Apples to Apples, which we aren't. No many people really know what we are comparing when reports say "power" and "performance". It isn't like we are counting bits anymore. People take what little we understand and then speculate until my eyes bleed. 

How about the rumor about an anti-used game system may be running on your NextBox? Yeah, you know the type that won't let you share games with friends and would effectively destroy GameStop. I am sure Microsoft will be all over that, because it isn't like GameStop will refuse to carry their products since they can't profit off them or anything. No... Not GameStop.

New rumor - NextBox will use Blu-ray, which makes sense in some capacity. Holographic discs have yet to find there place in the market and everyone is too lazy to swap out DVDs. Microsoft cannot afford to put old technology in a new console, so unless they switch to a solid state cart, Blu-ray seems logical. Now if only Blu-ray wasn't a Sony brand...

Lastly, you have Kinect 2 and a smaller controller. Well I think those two rumors go hand in hand, because if Kinect 2 is what it claims to be, then you won't need a controller at all. With that said, I leave you with this, would you prefer to continue to speculate over all of this until E3 or should we stop before these rumors get out of hand?

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