by Anton Shilov
10/24/2011 | 10:32 PM
After Microsoft decided to go on with rather strange Xbox 360 name for its second generation Xbox game console, many wondered what would be the name of the third-generation. According to a Microsoft roadmap published unofficially, the Xbox Next will carry "Loop" name (or it may be a code-name) and will be, as already revealed, become available in 2013
The Microsoft roadmap, which includes both software and hardware, published by MS nerd blog claims that the software giant will announce Xbox "loop" at the E3 show in June '13 and will launch it at Build conference in September, 2013. Given the fact that the release of the console depends not only on the readiness of software and hardware, but also the ability to manufacture such hardware in volume, any dates two years ahead of the release should be considered as preliminary.
It is unclear whether the "loop" will be official name for the next-generation Xbox, or is a code-name of the project. In any case, the world "loop" should emphasize that the console represents all entertainment and lifestyle technologies possible and is not just for gaming.
It is interesting to note that a year after the launch of Xbox Next/Xbox Loop - in 2014 - Microsoft will unveil a new Kinect HP2 [high-precision 2] motion sensor as well as will issue a major Xbox product update (PU). The Kinect HP2 is projected to be launched in November '14, the same month as the Xbox product update will be released to web (RTW).
While it is unclear whether the next-gen Xbox will be called Xbox Loop or will carry Xbox 720 name, since the 2013 launch timeframe appears to come from at least two sources, it looks like that year Microsoft will actually launch its new video game system.
Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.