Light-Weight XBox 360 for Arcade coming late 2013
A noted Blogger MSNerd has answered community questions on Reddit about Microsoft’s future plans. One of them includes the platform holders next-gen plans.
Apparently, Microsoft is going to be shipping a light-version of the XBox 360 and will focus on Arcade gaming and other applications. The console is to also support Kinect.
Codenamed Loop, the console is to be powered by an ARM (Zune-HD) like hardware. Technically a main processor with many dedicated cores for Graphics, AI, Physics, Sound, Networking, Encryption and Sensors. It is being custom designed by Microsoft and two partners – AMD, Imagination Technologies and Samsung being the names speculated).
Since the XBox 360 Loop is based on the ARM architecture, it’s designed to be cheaper and smaller. The idea of the console is to focus on consumers lookin for casual, light gaming and entertainment on the console. It’s probably going to be priced around it’s competitor Apple TV around $100.
As we had reported before, MS Nerd also added that the true successor to the XBox 360 will ship late next year. This year is all about XBox 360 and Microsoft will not showcase any new technology at E3 during this time.
We strongly recommend hitting that Reddit link if you want to read up more on what Microsoft will be doing. MS Nerd’s news is respected and reliable.