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The Xbox 720 specs have been surfacing quite frequently in recent weeks, and a new leak of information has revealed even more about the gaming console.
Former Microsoft executive Joachim Kempin spilled the beans on Microsoft's system this week. Kempin suggested that Xbox 720 will somehow incorporate a touchscreen and that it is also starting to look a lot more like Windows 8.
Kempin stated that "on the [console] itself there is no profit" for Microsoft, and that revenue will be collected from royalties from game developers and profits from each release of a new Halo game.
Kempin claims that Microsoft will need more than just a specifications bump in order to succeed with the new console. The company's main goal should be to figure out a way to bring the PC environment into the 21st century.
There are countless rumors surrounding the Xbox 720; one of them points to the Xbox 720 having the Kinect accessory found on the 360 directly built in to it.
This rumor originated from a leak of illustrations that demonstrated some of the system's features. The leaked images show how the new Xbox system will be able to track four players simultaneously and how it will have stronger integration with the PC and Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft is also reportedly working on Kinect Glasses made specifically for enhancing the experience of the built-in accessory. The glasses can reportedly be used with the system and on-the-go.
Other rumored features for the Xbox 720 include the elimination of a physical disk drive. If this rumor ends up being true, every game purchased for the system will have to be downloaded directly through Microsoft's network. This will put a lot of third-party retailers out of business who make most of their profits off selling used games.
Other companies such as Sony are also rumored to be eliminating physical games.