While Sony saw it fit to slap on another numeral to its next-gen console, Microsoft is reportedly skipping numbers altogether. Code-named “Durango” and referred to unofficially as the “Xbox 720,” Microsoft has apparently settled on the name “Xbox Infinity” according to the International Business Times.
“But sources have now revealed the console will be named Infinity and that development kits are already in the hands of studios. However, when contacted for confirmation, Microsoft said it “does not comment on rumour and speculation.”
That’s not a bad name, and as Eurogamer points out, it actually corroborates a leaked image that made the rounds on Reddit a few weeks back.
Rumors point to a console with “eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU made by AMD, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.” The next Xbox will also reportedly support 3D, 50GB Blu-ray discs, and require Kinect 2.0 as well as game installs. It’s still up in the air whether or not Microsoft will require the console to always be connected to the Internet.
At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft is apparently unsure if it should launch the rumored “Xbox set-top box” that is said to be a stripped down Xbox experience that focuses more on casual gaming and TV and music entertainment.
Microsoft will formally reveal its next Xbox later this month on May 21 at its Redmond, Washington headquarters. A larger reveal will then be presented next month at E3.