This weekend, a 56-page document hit the internet, that leaked a lot of details of the Xbox 720. If this is a legit, a lot of what we could expect from the Xbox 720 was spelled out through PowerPoint. Today, sources are reporting that they've been contact by a law firm representing Microsoft, and have been asked to take the documents off the internet.
The "leak" was originally hosted on Scribd and was reportedly removed at the request of Covington & Burling LLP, a law firm that lists Microsoft as one of its clients. A site in the Czech Republic also seems to have received a notice from Alan Radford, an Internet Investigator, on behalf of Microsoft. The site Dropbox has also apparently been asked to remove the material.
The text of the complaint sent to Ihned.cz, the Czech site, supposedly reads:
"Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft. 1. Identification of copyrighted works: Copyrighted work(s): IEB Roadmap Copyright owner: ? Microsoft Corporation 2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):
Personally, I was at least entertaining the idea that the 56 pages of documents about the Xbox 720 were fakes, but that looks increasingly unlikley. Although, it could be argued that Microsoft doesn't want people to get the wrong idea of their product by viewing internal documents that don't necessarily relate to what will eventually hit store shelves. So the information in the documents could just be worthless, anyway, even if it did come from Microsoft.
If you're curious what the 720 will be like, according to these docs, here's a capsule description of what was in the files:
According to the document, the Xbox 720 will off four to six times more visual horsepower than the current Xbox 360 does, and it will come packing hardware-enabled backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games, much like the launch PlayStation 3 did for PlayStation 2 games. An updated version of Kinect will be included with the console, adding support for up to four players and improving features like voice recognition and the amount of space required to play.
The doc also lays out how the Xbox 720 will do a better job of making itself an indispensable component of your home entertainment center, with the addition of Blu-ray support, USB 3.0 inputs, HDMI, built-in Wi-Fi using the 802.11n standard, and more. Plans for the release of AR glasses -- referred to as Fortaleza Glasses -- are also mentioned. Assuming this is all true, the expectation in August 2010 was for the console to launch with a $299 price late-2013.
So what do you think? Is this rumor likely to be true?
Source: The Verge