Xbox 720 Release Dates, Price and Console Specs

Microsoft Xbox 720 Console Specs and Xbox 720 Price rumors are running high after Sony Playstation 4 announcement on February 20, 2013 official event.

Staring with Nintendo Wii U launch back in 2012, now followed by the new 2013 Playstation 4 announcement, the expected battle between Next Generation Game Consoles, mainly Microsoft Xbox 720, Sony PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U will remain on until Sony PS5 Release Date.

Xbox 720 Console Expectations

Naturally, video gamer players expectation are very high from next generation Xbox 720 Console, code-named Xbox Infinity or Xbox Loop according to some reports. Microsoft's internal development code name for the new Xbox 720 Console is Xbox Durango according to Sean Tracy of Crytek Game Development.

Microsoft Interactive Entertainment and Devices Division has confirmed that although there is no official Xbox 720 Launch Date decided yet, but the new Xbox 720 Console is under development since 2006.


Recently, some leaked documents hint that the Microsoft's New Xbox 720 will launched as far smaller, cheaper and Kinect-focused Video Game Console. Xbox 720 Features 1080p 3D support, Blu-ray player and a AMD 7000 series multi-GPU. Microsoft is aiming to position its new Xbox 720 Console as a complete living room entertainment device.

Xbox 720 Release Dates 2013, Price and Specs

Xbox 720 Release Dates in US and UK for new Xbox 720 Console

While, some of the wishful gamer players were expecting Microsoft to announce the New Xbox 720 Release Date earlier last year at E3 2012. But as one of the senior EA (Electronic Art) official had already said, the console is still in its developing stages and is not mature yet.

However, since Nintendo Wii U has already released with better graphical capabilities and a new controller that boasts a 6.2 inch touch screen. And Sony also is set to release its new Sony PS4 console this year, Microsoft could not afford to stay out of competition any longer.

There are some signals that Microsoft is preparing new Xbox 720 console launch for Christmas 2013. Microsoft for a moment affirmed that the new Xbox 720 console is coming up, in an interview with the Verge prior to suddenly taking a U-turn and issuing a sort of awkward refutation.

Xbox 720 rumors of pre-Christmas 2013 launch are also backed by Bloomberg report in November 2012, which quotes sources at Microsoft and that claimed Xbox 720 Release at June E3 2013.

A sooner Xbox 720 console launch rumors get further weight, if we look at Microsoft job advert which signals that a new Xbox launch is around the corner.

As the saying is, "Lead, Follow or Get Out". Either Microsoft have to follow the new gaming consoles race or lose those customers, that can easily be attracted towards promotional campaign hypes and new features offered by the competitor's newly launched devices.

Xbox 720 Release Dates 2013

Still, I personally believe that the new Xbox 720 Release earlier than 2014 will be a surprise by Microsoft. The more probable, reasonable and rational expectation would be to see the preview and announcement of new Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft will names it) in June 2013 during E3 2013 Expo at Los Angeles.

Xbox 720 Release Dates 2014

And as its obvious that Microsoft would not be unwise to delay it long once the preview is out. Therefor the new Xbox 720 Release Date could go around 6-10 months later after the E3 2013 Microsoft Official New Xbox 720 Console demo at E3 2013, which becomes around Jan 2014 to April 2014, the Q1 2014.

Xbox 720 Specs and Features of New Xbox 720 Controller

While you can checkout our anticipated Xbox 720 vs PS4 vs Wii U for Future Video Game Console releases review. Multiple sources has been reporting that the new Xbox 720 console will be powered with AMD Radeon HD 6670 Graphics Chip that supports DirectX 11 technology, multi-display, 3D and a plenty of other modern features. Similar to Lionhead game developing franchise, we see a lot of game development studios has been recently found posting job advertisements for game developers having background in DirectX 11. There are enough evidence to guess and gauge that game atleast some development studio are already on the new Xbox 720 Games development projects to make new Xbox 720 Games titles available in the market when it is launched. Because like new Sony PlayStation Orbis or PS4, old Xbox 360 game titles will not be playable at new Xbox 720 new console.

It is believed that an improved and enhanced Microsoft Kinect gesture-control system will be integrated into the new Xbox 720 gadget. As Mark Rein, Vice President Epic Games, the award wining developer of Gears of War and Unreal Tournament series, disclosed that the new Xbox 720 console will have motion sensor technologies like Microsoft Kinect into it. However he was unsure about the backward compatibility to run previous Xbox 360 Games titles on the new Xbox 720 device.

EGM magazine in an interview with Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business division's head, Peter Moore, asked about the New Xbox 720 Release Date and would Microsoft drop support for the Xbox 360 like they did with the original Xbox. To which Peter Moore replied:
Microsoft will support Xbox 360 as long as it sold, and the console is still selling well despite of six years to its development in 2005.
The production team from the Xbox 360 is working on the next Xbox game console, and they are looking into what kind of CPUs will be available in the market next year, in 2012.
The Inquirer newspaper, In late 2008, had reported on speculation from industry insiders that Intel is trying to get its high-performance, new architecture GPU Larrabee chipset into the next-gen Xbox 720. Please bear in mind that both Xbox 720 and Larrabee are just code names of the upcoming device, the original brand name can get changed at launch time for Legal or Marketing requirements.

Xbox 720 Price in US

Some recently leaked documents reveal a $299 (£190) Xbox 720 price tag for Microsoft new game console, which looks so much pushy to us. Because, we do not expect the new Xbox 720 controller costs lowered down to this price level. But presuming the Sony PS4 announcement and coming launch, we expect some competitive pricing, at the same time.

The Xbox 360 was available upon launch in two different configurations, $299 for the Core model and $399 for the Premium model, later on the Elite launched for $479, currently you can by the new smaller Xbox 360 250 GB for just $299, so how much will Microsoft ask for the Xbox 720 is a big question.

I guess, seeing the competition, the next Microsoft console Xbox 720 (name subjected to change) price would be $300 to $400 USD. Microsoft probably will be releasing in two or more version with varying degree of specifications and price ranging from $300 to $400 USD.
Xbox 720 Release Dates, Price and Console Specs Reviewed by Adnan Malik on 11:33 AM Rating: 5
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