The Nintendo Wii U was recently unveiled and the internet is buzzing with PlayStation 4 rumors, but what about the Microsoft Xbox 720? These are the most wanted features that fans want to see in the next generation Xbox.
Less Proprietary Hardware
Microsoft is notorious for adding propriety hardware to its gaming consoles. Both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 forced fans to suffer through proprietary hardware like Memory Units, nonstandard hard drives, wireless connection kits, and other hardware, and although Microsoft has done well by replacing Memory Units with standard flash drives, there’s still lots of work to be done in this department before the Xbox 720 hits the scene.
Free Online Multiplayer
Xbox Live is comprised of two different kinds of members: Xbox Live Silver and Xbox Live Gold memberships. Both Xbox Live silver and gold allow you to have access to Xbox Live content, but only Gold members are allowed to participate in online Multiplayer. With both Sony and Nintendo offering free online gaming to their respective fan bases, it’d be awesome if Microsoft followed suit and allowed free online multiplayer to its user base.
The current-gen Xbox 360 dropped the ball by only providing limited backwards compatibility with games from its predecessor, and the next gen Microsoft gaming console would do well not to repeat the same mistake. Providing backwards compatibility will reward Xbox fans for staying loyal and will also help Microsoft nab as much money as possible from its previous gaming console.
The Xbox 360 controller is pretty much spot on and is virtually perfect except for one thing; it still relies on batteries. Sure, there are countless third-party rechargeable controllers out there, but Microsoft should strongly consider making Xbox 720 controllers rechargeable at launch. It’s in Microsoft’s best interest to keep gamers playing games as much as possible, so why limit them with controllers that rely on batteries?
Games for Windows and Xbox Live Cross Compatibility
Microsoft is great at making PC and console games so why not allow them to work together? Games for Windows and Xbox Live cross compatibility is a feature that both Xbox and PC gamers have been wanting for ages and it would be to see that dream come true via the Xbox 720 gaming console.
Microsoft lost the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray disc war ages ago and Xbox fans are still paying for Microsoft’s loss. There have been lots of rumors of Microsoft incorporating a Blu-Ray player into the current Xbox 360 console, and although that wish never came to, it’d be great to be able to watch my large Blu-Ray collection on the new Microsoft gaming console.