Xbox ‘lite’ coming in 2013



Microsoft had plans to announce their next-generation Xbox console at the E3 conference this year, but  it now looks that it ain’t happenin’.  Now, Microsoft is saying, “we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon.”  It’s rumored, though, that Microsoft is currently working on not one but two Xbox consoles that will launch in the coming years.

So, we should see an Xbox device in late 2013, which does Arcade-style games and all of the current & future media apps with Kinect.  Additionally, it will be an ARM-based platform price-competitive with the Apple TV.

A low-cost Xbox gaming console that works alongside the Kinect could better-position the company to combat the increasing popularity of casual mobile games, while Microsoft continues to work on its Xbox 360 successor. Such a device could also feature deep Windows Phone integration.

A true successor to the 360 should follow, but details are very vague.  We do know that the “Xbox 720″ will do games for core-audiences & the same media apps as the other device, also with Kinect.  The Kinect controller will likely receive a camera upgrade after the Xbox 360′s successor launches, and a new Kinect may debut around 2015.

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