Also Finger-Tracking Kinect Sensor, $399 Price Tag
It's rumour time again, folks, so grab your pinch of salt, a wedge of lemon and a generous helping of tequila to wash it down. Xbox World Magazine's sources tell them that the Xbox 720/Nextbox/next-generation Xbox console will debut a controller that features regular thumbsticks and face buttons crowded around an HD screen - designed to be closer to the Vita's form factor rather than a bulky tablet.
Xbox World claims that the nextbox will be "a matt-black media hub with a mission to bring games to life in your living room with augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect." More excitingly, though, the controller will reportedly feature an HD touchscreen alongside more traditional input methods. What's more, apparently the controller will have a degree of portability and allow you to take your games on the move.
That touchcreen will be second only to Kinect in how you operate your console. It could be a remote control when you're watching TV, a browser when you're on the internet, extra buttons and information when you're playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you.
If true, this would be a considerably expensive controller to manufacture... which is borne out by a speculative RRP of $399 for the base edition.
This isn't necessarily too far-fetched, especially considering a similar rumour hit the internet last month. But considering that all Windows 8 devices - tablets, phones and PCs - will be compatible with the Nextbox (in the same way that Windows 7 phones can be used to control the Xbox 360 via a downloadable app), we reckon that encouraging developers to include extra mobile device functionality might be a more likely plan for Microsoft. Either way, we'll have to wait and see what they announce at E3... if anything. These rumours are still unsubstantiated and best treated with due suspicion at this time.