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Next Xbox Codename Uncovered

Posted by Ken Barnes

The Kryptos Factor

While everyone winds down for Christmas, some hard-working software engineers will surely be burning the midnight oil over the festive season, thanks to rumours coming from this morning.

They're stating that the next-generation Xbox's test system chip - codenamed "Oban" - is all but complete and ready to be passed out to developers, meaning that they'll be working hard to get their software running smoothly. Doubtless, they'll be working on things to show off at next year's E3 in June, where the new console is pretty much certain to be unveiled.

The new system - codenamed "Kryptos" (meaning "hidden" in Greek) - is rumoured to launch with a new version of Kinect, dubbed "Kinect 2.0", with that new Kinect hardware potentially bundled with every single system sold. There's a lot to be confirmed, and there will doubtless be a load of unfounded rumours flying around, but we'll be keeping our ears to the ground over the next few months for you to make sure you get the most up-to-date information as it comes out of Redmond.


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User Comments (3)



rjejr said:

I think every new Xbox has to come w/ Kinect to the point where I was wondering the other day what to call it - i.e. KinectBox, XboxKinect1080. As long as they don't call it Xbox720. Too bad they can't drop Xbox entirely but they seem to be invested w/ the movies and music stuff. But yeah, Kinect in every box, and Voice commands and motion controls for everything.



SuperKMx said:

@rjejr Oh, I don't know. I like the name "Xbox" if I'm honest. :) Like you though, I hope they don't go with "Xbox 720" or anything of that nature. It'll probably end up being something quite pretentious, I feel.



jordanmarsden said:

I can definitely see Microsoft opting for just 'Xbox' with their next release. I like it. A simple brand that casual consumers can recognise.

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