Way back in May [way, way back] a document surfaced online that appeared to be making the case for Microsoft to press ahead with the Xbox 720 in 2010. That same document resurfaced at the end of last week [after E3] and was fully disected for its key components. While the majority were convinced that the leak was genuine, it wasn't until lawyers had it removed from the net that it looked certain.
The 56-page document, which it's believed was created as far back as August 2012, suggested that the launch price would be $299 [not bad], it would hit shelves in 2013 and would be launched alongside Kinect V2. Would Kinect V2 have involved Augmented Reality Glasses or Fortalezas, which will apparently be ready in 2014? Perhaps. But we know that both things are being, or have previously been, considered for the 720.
The leak suggests that the console will come with Blu-Ray functionality [nice] and will run games that will look four to six times better looking than the Xbox 360.
It feels increasingly like Microsoft and Sony are further along with their next generation consoles than they're letting on and that they're both waiting for each other to flinch before making their announcements. Imagine Xbox Live went down tomorrow, something tells us Sony might start hinting. The idea of agumented reality gaming both excites and terrifies us.