Images of the alleged Microsoft XDK documentation have been posted on VGLeaks.
They suggest that the current DURANGO development set up uses an ‘always on’ system. Supposedly this will allow users to connect to entertainment quicker and easier, with no waiting for the console to restart, or install those dreaded updates.
Another detail is that all games for the next generation Xbox are going to require installation, however users can begin playing throughout the installation process.
Another leak from VG also states that the new console will be shipped with a new Kinect sensor, which will be an upgraded version of the current Kinect, and it will be required for the system to operate.
The “hardware overview” documentation reads: “Every Durango console will have a hard drive, although its exact capacity has not been chosen. It will be large enough, however, to hold a large number of games. All games will be installed on the hard drive. Play from the optical disc will not be supported.
“Durango consoles will have a Blu-ray disc drive. Disc media will be used for distribution, but during gameplay, games will not use content from the optical disc. An installation system is being designed that will allow gamers to begin playing while the game is being installed on the hard drive rather than waiting until installation is complete.”
Microsoft’s alleged intentions to make Xbox Live “integral” to its next-gen console were first reported last month by our colleagues at Edge.
The publication said: “Ultimately, Microsoft has asked itself a simple question: who wants to play games on a next-generation Xbox and yet doesn’t have access to the internet? The answer: not enough to make a considerable difference.”
Rumours are that Microsoft will announce its next generation Xbox at a special event at the end of April.
What do you think guys?