- Support for Blu-ray
- Native 3D output and glasses
- Concurrent apps, and additional sensor and peripheral support.
- 6x performance increase,
- True 1080p output with full 3D support and an "always on" state for the console.
A slide on core hardware indicates that the next Xbox will be designed to be scalable in the number of CPU cores and their frequencies. Microsoft appears to have been debating whether to use six or eight ARM or x86 cores clocked at 2GHz each with 4GB of DDR4 memory alongside three PPC cores clocked at 3.2GHz each for backwards compatibility with existing Xbox 360 titles.
On a side note, that 4GB of RAM has now apparently been upgraded to 8GB. Yes, you read that right!
Microsoft positions its Xbox 720 as the only box needed for living room entertainment in the document, providing background recording functionality for TV content and a unified Windows 8 foundation to make it easier for application developers to build apps that target Xbox, PC, and Windows Phone. Microsoft rounds off the document with a promised price point of $299 with its Kinect 2 hardware and a prediction of a 10 year lifecycle with more than 100 million units sold.
Incremental improvement over the current hardware.
- Higher accuracy
- Stereo imaging
- Improved voice recognition
- Support for four player tracking
- Improved RGB camera
- Dedicated hardware processing.
"In Kinect v2 we can continue to go beyond controllers and offer peripherals and accessories that heighten game immersion," The Kinect accessories idea appears to be one that is not designed to replace controllers, but will allow devices to interact with the sensor.
Kinect Glasses (project Fortaleza)
Roadmap for its "Fortaleza" Kinect Glasses — which appears to be a research project the company is working on. Glasses appear to be Wi-Fi- or 4G-enabled and incorporate augmented reality. Described as a "breakthrough heads up and hands-free device," Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 product that won't launch alongside the Xbox 720 console.
Note that there may have been some changes to the roadmap after the document was released. Although most of what's mentioned here should be correct.