Xbox 720. Will it nail it or fail it?

By: Elise

According to Gamestop, the Xbox 720 is a ‘very hot, compelling device’. Although the game is still unannounced, the CEO of Gamestop Paul Raines is very excited as to what is coming. According to the article, he believes that the announcement is going to attract gamers worldwide and that Microsoft is going to benefit greatly from its release. Since Gamestop and Microsoft often spend time together, they know the product is going to be a hot spot on the market. “Raines said. ‘They are doing some really cool stuff, and I’m eager to hear them start their announcements because I think the world is going to stand up and take notice.'”. He also believes that the current demand for the Playstation 4 is likely to be met by the Xbox 720. There have been rumors that these will be hitting the shelves this 2013 holiday season so don’t forget to write them on your lists for Santa.
A major question for gamers is if the systems will feature backwards compatibilities. In an article by Matthew Humphries explains what EA is thinking on this topic. There predictions are coming from Blake Jorgensen, EA’s chief financial officer, thinking it may be out of the question to offer this feature. Due to their advancement in technology, it would be very costly for Sony’s PS4 to offer backwards compatibility. Sony would need to add additional hardware, due to their switch of cell architecture to a PC-like set of components. They do have a form of Gaikai, which would allow previous generation games to be played without the additional hardware. For the Xbox 720, having Xbox Live could possibly allow gamers to download the older games through this allowing gamers to play on the new hardware.
There is a lot left unknown for the Xbox 720, but hopefully all our questions will be answered when they announce the system in the next few months.

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