Will the next Xbox be called Xbox Infinity?

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

The next Xbox — still code named Durango — has never been formally confirmed by Microsoft as even being in production. But that certainly hasn't stopped the rumours flowing.

The next name and logo for the Xbox?
(Credit: Reddit)

The most recent crop suggests that the moniker for the so-called Xbox 720 will actually be the Xbox Infinity, with a logo (including the tagline Infinite Entertainment, Infinite Possibilities) showing up on Reddit, according to a report in Forbes.

The other new rumour surrounds the controller, which is said to have a touch panel similar to that of the PlayStation 4. Not only will it allow gestures, it's also apparently clickable, thus working like the d-pad does on the current generation of controllers.

None of this sounds outside the realm of possibility, but the Forbes story does note that a second "official leak" has revealed a totally different logo, with no mention of Infinity at all.

In the end, what Microsoft calls the next generation of Xbox isn't nearly as interesting as the hardware configuration, and whether the rumours of the much-maligned "always on" requirement are accurate.

We'll have more details when Microsoft makes its announcement on 22 May (AEST). Until then, we think that the following official statement from Microsoft is a good indicator that, as expected, gaming will be just a small part of what the Redmond-based company hopes to sell with its next generation console:

We're excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV and entertainment on 21 May, but have nothing further to share at this time.



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