According to a Kotaku source known as SuperDaE, who claims to have access to a development kit of Microsoft’s next console, Kinect will no longer be an optional accessory with the new system.
Kinect on Durango, the console’s codename, will be able to track up to six individuals at once. The skeletons tracked with the new Kinect will be more sophisticated than the current sensor, with the ability to sense individual finger movements and possibly even facial expressions.
The technology may be related to a patent filed by Microsoft last year for parental controls and limiting the number of viewers for content based on Kinect tracking data.
The new Xbox has reportedly entered beta, with a shipment of brand new prototype kits having made their way to developers.
Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft’s next console will feature two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.
The filings support some of the details discovered within a set of alleged leaked Xbox 720 documents from 2010.
The 56-page set was removed from the web following an intervention by Microsoft’s legal team.
It claimed that the Xbox 720 will launch during the 2013 holiday season and feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.