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Microsoft Corp. recently increased security measures to unprecedented levels in its in the area of the Redmond campus that is home to the Xbox team, according to a media report. It is believed that the reason behind the move is development of Xbox Next video game console that is on the home stretch these days.

The software giant notified its employees this week about new physical security measures that will control employees access to four key Xbox and interactive entertainment business buildings to "ensure confidentiality of upcoming products", reports GeekWire web-site. The move represents a cultural change, giving Microsoft’s key consumer products a level of security more along the lines of those implemented by Apple.

The changes will affect Microsoft Studios A, B, C and D. Under the new policy, employees will only have access to buildings they are assigned to. Earlier all Microsoft employees had access everywhere.

Although it is unknown for sure that Microsoft is implementing new security measures because of Xbox Next (also known as Loop and Durango), it is logical to assume so as the firm is about to roll-out major software projects, including Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and some other. Moreover, the security measures seem to limit access only to buildings where the new Xbox is designed.

Microsoft projects the Xbox Next (also known as Loop, Durango and 720) as the center of the digital entertainment for the future. The console itself is expected to feature six times higher compute performance than the Xbox 360, Blu-ray optical disc drive, compatibility with X360 titles and numerous other innovations. Microsoft wants Xbox 720 to be able to render games in 1920*1080 resolution in stereoscopic 3D mode, hence, the hardware under the hood should be very powerful even by today's standards. It is expected that the Xbox Next will be based on hardware designed by Advanced Micro Devices. Rumours suggest that the next-gen Xbox is due in late-2013.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Loop, Durango, Kinect, Xbox Live, Xbox TV, Windows 8, Windows Phone, SmartGlass

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6 times better performance over Xbox 360 will be not enough as current high-end gaming PCs are already 10 times better than Xbox 360. Microsoft will need to make the next Xbox more than 10 times better than Xbox 360, support 4K resolution and put 8GB or better 16GB for Video Memory - these will be much better selling points than Kinect 2...
0 0 [Posted by: calzahe  | Date: 10/03/12 11:05:14 PM]
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Yah, they should just put a $2000 machine into a $300 console! It's that simple amirite?
0 0 [Posted by: daneren2005  | Date: 10/05/12 11:20:34 AM]
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You fail to see that the XBox is not competing with the high-end PC pricepoints.
A 6x improvement at the current pricepoint will be a bargain.

As far as 4K resolution, their aren't even any consumer based (resonably priced) graphics adapters that will do 4K.

Also have you priced a 4K monitor?

I think you are just throwing around jargon without thinking.
1 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 10/04/12 04:57:26 PM]
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Current AMD Graphics Cards already support 7680×4320 resolution for 3 monitors, not sure about Nvidia but at least 4k with 2 monitors they also support.

Also lots of smartphones have 4,5" 1280x720 displays and very soon will have 5" 1920x1080 displays, IPAD has 10" screen with 2048 x 1566 resolution. So currently there are no technical limitations to mass produce 4K HDTVs and Monitors - hope they'll start to appear next year for reasonable prices.
0 0 [Posted by: calzahe  | Date: 10/05/12 03:46:40 AM]
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