With Nintendo prepping for its next generation console, the Wii U, it’s a logical assumption to believe that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 aren’t that far behind. It’s obvious that both companies have at least started thinking about the next generation console war, but it’s hard to know what they could possibly have up their sleeves.
It would appear that one potential feature of the Xbox 720 has come to light, however, as Microsoft announced that it plans to combine cellphones, tablets, PCs, and Xbox 360 into a “single ecosystem.”
The ecosystem idea would allow all technology that is running on the same operating system to interact with one another. This seems like a great idea for all Microsoft-fueled hardware, but Microsoft also seems keen on introducing the Xbox brand into the ecosystem.
The news of Microsoft’s plan to create a single cohesive technological environment was delivered at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, where the future game plan for Microsoft was revealed by the company’s very own Andy Lees. Lees expressed interest in creating an environment where all of their products will be able to interact with each other, but he did mention that Microsoft wanted to focus “particularly with Xbox”.
“We won’t have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets – they’ll all come together.”
Speculation then started pouring in from experts, and many believe that the new ecosystem game plan will be possible with a new operating system created after Windows 8. The new operating system would then be implemented into computers, phones, tablets, and most importantly the Xbox 720. If all goes according to plan, then the new OS and next-gen Xbox will be releasing at some point between 2015 and 2016, which would make the rumored Xbox 720 reveal at E3 2012 an illogical time and place to announce the new console.
Even more bizarre are reports that Microsoft is ditching the ‘Windows’ brand name for the new OS, and going with something that better fits the direction that they plan to take the company in. “Ecosystem by Microsoft” certainly has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Of course, plans for the current name change could certainly be dismissed within the next few years.