|Credit: Twitter account of @JWWiesta|
Is this the new Xbox logo that we’ll be seeing on May 21st? We know that the console exists with “Durango”
as a code name, but we have been hearing over and over that the final
device is going to be called the “Xbox Infinity”, and the image below is
purported across Twitter and Reddit to be an “official leak”. But the
logo on the left – sent to us by a source here in Seattle – doesn’t
mention “Infinity” at all. In fact, it does more to reinforce a rival
rumor that the new Xbox will in fact be called just Xbox, similar to how
Apple AAPL +2.15%’s third-gen iPad was just called “iPad” and not “iPad 3”.
If the name is “Infinity”, though, then its taglines, like “Infinite Entertainment”, make sense. Microsoft MSFT -0.5% is interested in making sure its next Xbox becomes the centerpiece in users’ living rooms for more than just games. The current Xbox generation is as useful for watching
movies as it is for blasting aliens, and we can expect Microsoft to want
to expand on that as much as possible.
|Rumored next-gen Xbox logo, take 2. Credit: Reddit|
In addition to moniker whispers, we’ve heard a couple of things about
the new Xbox’s new controller. Sources at Microsoft say that it’s a
logical generational increment from the 360’s but with one major
upgrade: A touch-sensitive area, similar to a feature on Sony’s new PS4 controller. The sources tell us that the touch area, which would be used for gestures
to compliment the Kinect sensor bar, is also “clickable”, allowing it
to act as a traditional directional control pad, like the one on the
lower-left of current Xbox controllers.
No matter what Microsoft calls it (and it most likely won’t be the
“Xbox 720” because, let’s face it, that’s stupid) it’s going to face a
little fan resistance at launch. A much-publicized Twitter gaffe by a now-former Microsoft product manager essentially confirmed that the device will require an Internet connection to operate
– even when a player is playing a game by themselves off of a DVD –
which some gamers aren’t happy with, especially those in remote
locations where Internet access can be spotty at best.
When asked to comment on the name of the console and possible
controller changes, Microsoft didn’t have much to tell us. “We’re
excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV and
entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this
time,” a representative told us. We can understand that.