Xbox 720 Rumours: Release date, specs, price & more

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On this day 10 years ago, Microsoft better known for its way around a PC, ventured into the gaming world with its first ever games console.

In that time its more than fought its corner against the Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo Wii and seen a raft of changes including the more slender Xbox 360 S and the introduction of T3 Gadget of the Year, Kinect.

But what does the future hold for the next 10 years of Xbox? The Xbox 360 successor dubbed the 'Xbox 720' has long been rumoured as Microsoft's next generation console but we have yet to have any concrete information on its existence.

Surveying all the latest talk surrounding the next Xbox, we find out how close we really are to the console being dubbed as the 'Xbox 720.'

Xbox 720: In development

Evidence that work on the Xbox 720 work has already begun comes courtesy of a series of job listings spotted by Beyond 3D Forum earlier this year which appeared on business networking site LinkedIn.

The three positions advertised included a Senior Architect and Performance Engineer for the Xbox Console Architecture Group, a Senior Hardware Design Verification Engineer and a Graphics Hardware Architect "responsible for defining and delivering next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation".

Putting things into context, the original Xbox 360 was launched back in 2005, while the Xbox 360 S console only launched last year.

Microsoft have said that the Xbox 360 is about halfway through its lifecycle, but it makes a whole lot of sense that Microsoft would already be thinking about life beyond the current console.

Xbox 720: Specs

It's would be no major suprise if the Xbox 720 ramps it up in the power department, but according to John Carmack, the man behind legendary titles Doom and Quake and Rage, it could be as much as ten times more powerful than the current Xbox 360.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Carmack said, “The next-generation will be here soon, a couple of years. It'll be another ten times as powerful as this generation.

I'd be surprised if that doesn't last over a decade before people wind up saying, well, we've really tapped out everything you could possibly do on there."

Xbox 720: To be announced at CES 2012

The CES 2012 rumour-mill is warming up nicely, several ‘insider’ blogs have started posting what they claim to be legitimate information that says the next generation of the Xbox will get it’s debut at CES 2012.

If the 720 doesn't show at CES then MCV have reported that an 'exemplary' source has given them information which suggests both the Xbox 720 and the PS4 will be stealing the show at E3 2012.

According to the source the focus will be very much on creating a seamless experience between all Windows devices, which means integration with Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 as standard. It’ll also be smaller, cheaper to produce and more powerful than the Xbox 360.

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