Report: Next Xbox codenamed 'Loop'

The Xbox 360 is coming up on its sixth North American Anniversary on November 21, making it two years older than the original 2001 Xbox was when it was replaced with something shinier and newer. Naturally, this means many are starting to openly question when and how the Xbox 360 will be replaced, and according to the reputable MS Nerd blog, Microsoft has already cemented the specs for a console it is calling the “Loop”.

"With a heady mix of rumors, tips and speculation, I am now stating that Xbox codename 'loop' (the erstwhile XboxTV) will indeed debut a modified Win9 core,” wrote the MS Nerd in a recent post, further stating, “It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform—a 'main' processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors.”

The Nerd added the new console will be smaller and sell for less than the Xbox 360, making it ideal for “Kinect adaptation”. No launch dates were predicted, but given MS Nerd's information, odds are Microsoft won't be ready to reveal the “loop” and/or its final name anytime soon.

Xbox 720 has been the de facto nickname for Microsoft's next console, but something along the lines of “Loop” feels a little less silly than a name that essentially says: “we're going to go full circle...again [guitar riff]”. Then again, we've seen some logo mockups linking the o's in Loop together, creating an infinite pattern that essentially says the same thing. What do you think about the alleged name? Is the Xbox 360 even in need of a replacement yet?


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  • PolarBearsInHeat - November 17, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    With the titles I have not yet beaten from this gen, plus the games that I have purchased this fall, plus the games I intend to purchase in the coming months, I think the 360 easily has another to years left in it. Although, if the new xbox does release before i'm completely done with the 360, I will still be one of the first to purchase it.
  • cart00n - November 14, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    While a new console is a certainty, I still believe there is sufficient enough life left in the 360 to keep it around another couple of years...
  • Spybreak8 - November 10, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    Hmm, if the new Xbox will be smaller and less expensive is Microsoft heading toward cloud gaming as well?
  • samsneeze - November 9, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    So essentially, it's the WiiBox? Maybe? Eh, I don't know. I don't really care either. So long as it can do what my Xbox 360 does(Easily navigated menu, music/videos streaming from my computer to the T.V.) I don't care. Also, you must publish games worth caring about. I won't buy it at launch if it doesn't have games. And maybe make it backwards compatible too. That shouldn't be asking too much.
  • theycallmegep - November 9, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    I think that by the time the "loop" is actually released, the 360 will be ready for departure
  • thelazymackenzie - November 9, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Ugh,just when I was about to buy a new xbox...
  • inkyspot - November 9, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    I like my machine, and won't be the first one on line for the "Loop", but I think it's about that time they are thinking about/ developing this machine. More and possible upgradable modular RAM, bigger and possibly modular hard drive. A powerful Graphics card, and some really triple a exclusive.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - November 9, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    'smaller and sell for less' that's got me worried, those words entail less power which might make it more affordable to start with, but I think MS need to look ahead with this one... especially if they're planning on giving the loop a similar life-span to the 360
  • FoxdenRacing - November 10, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    I see it as a side-effect of the switch to ARM. ARMs are miniaturized for things like tablets and phones, and are manufactured in much higher numbers as a result...but high-end ones have similar crunching potential to the big boys. They did a decent job future-proofing the 360, it was just a bit too cutting edge for its time, which led to hardware unreliability and a needlessly high initial price. It's certainly brave, especially with the move towards dedicated co-processors. It didn't pay off for PS3, but then again PS3 also experimented with then-one-off tech that IBM declared a failure for that kind of application.
  • ithurtstopoop - November 9, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    10 print "Hello World" 20 goto 10
  • jackthemenace - November 9, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    ... I honestly just hope that that IS the actual design for it.
  • Turkeyboy094 - November 9, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Please don't design it around Kinect....
  • Asmodean - November 10, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    That's just wishful thinking this motion madness will never end, the people running these consoles are not gamers they're business men.
  • PevMaster - November 9, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    I doubt that the new Xbox will be announced at E3 next year...I'm not expecting an announce 'til 2013 at the least. Hell, it probably won't launch until 2014 or 2015. Just talking about it seems like those years are ages away... On a slightly different subject, does anyone know when Fallout: Online's coming out?
  • Asmodean - November 10, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    When is Fallout: Online's coming out? As soon as interplay gets resurrected.... or finally dies (which ever is fine) so Bethesda can make it.
  • FoxdenRacing - November 10, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    There's arguments either way...the analysts are all predicting a 2013 announce with a launch as late as winter '14, but in my bones that just doesn't feel right. The rumors of a successor have been around too long, specs are leaking, "killer apps" are on the visible horizon...the perfect storm is brewing. Really, with 3 major players, Nintendo confirmed to jump first and Sony rumored to hold out as long as possible, it all comes down to what MS does. MS gets to wager on which opponent will be the weaker of the two and launch accordingly. If they jump when Wii U does, Sony will have to follow right behind or risk being so late to the party that they lose relevance. If they decide to gamble on Wii U pulling a Dreamcast [launching too early and hanging itself out to dry], it'll be Loop and PS4 battling it out. The smart thing to do is follow Wii's not likely to have the same uptake as its predecessor, which forces Sony to either rush its launch or risk being hung out to dry. My big indicator is Halo 4. Love it or hate it, it's *the* Xbox killer app, and they'd be stupid to launch their next generation console without a Halo title. Without a must-have, they risk a collective 'meh'...or worse, popping two Halo games back to back risks the fury of gamers angry about rushed sequels. Loop should be interesting, though. Going to ARM processors is a huge'll bring prices through the floor, but negates the 'develop for this, develop for PC, same diff!' advantage the line has traditionally had. On the positive, ARMs are similar enough to x86 that they can just swap compiler options, and are more friendly to tiny independents [many of whom are currently making Android apps...which run ARM processors].
  • PevMaster - November 9, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    I bet they'll call it the NeXtBox, which most gamers will hate.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 9, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I'll only be ready for one if they incorporate my old profile. I'm not willing to part with 48647 gamerscore, not do I want to rid myself of my gamertag. BUT, I don't want this dashboard and setup to just translate directly to the new hard- and software. They'll need to be creative with this one. As for the alleged "cheaper than the Xbox 360," I'm hoping they mean NOW, because it it's cheaper than the launch price, forget it. My Xbox 360 Slim is perfect. Makes you wonder how "great" the graphics are going to be in comparison... sometimes, I find it hard to believe our graphics can co beyond what we already see. Hell, it's already so BEAUTIFUL. And "Loop?" I can dig it. Better than "Xbox 720" or "NextBox."
  • Asmodean - November 9, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    well if they are smart they'll add in a BD Drive, but to honest aside from that there's no reason for a new console. It not like graphics/sound/connectivity are in need of upgrading, even the Wii brick will only match current standards so whats the point?
  • CancerMan - November 9, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    The new Xbox needs to come out relatively soon. If only to overcome the data constraints of DVD.

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