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Xbox 720 to have a HD touchscreen controller, similar to the Wii U (rumor)

Yet another rumor for the next generation Xbox console, code-named Xbox Next and Xbox 720. A new report suggests that Microsoft’s next Xbox will have a touchscreen controller, similar to the Nintendo’s Wii U. Add this to the list of rumors for the next Xbox.

The report suggests that the next Xbox will have 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.” The new controller is apparently being experimented with by the company and the current prototype is a tablet-like controller that is similar in size to the Sony PS Vita, as opposed to the Wii U’s “bulky unit.” On top of that, the controller features an HD screen “surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.” The report goes on to state that the “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.”

The report also suggests that the company is playing it safe with the CPU and GPU, but is going all out with the functions to “change how you play, but it won’t be cheap.”

There were also rumors that the next generation Xbox, dubbed Xbox 720, will have six times the power of the current Xbox 360 and will be available in the fall of 2013.

The Xbox 360 is starting off the new year with a bang. As of January of this year, Microsoft’s popular Xbox 360 console is still the number one gaming console worldwide, beating out Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. With these kind of stats, the company has all the time in the world to create the best gaming experience ever with Xbox 720.

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