This week the Microsoft Xbox 720 specifications are flying like leaves off a tree, and today's bit of information comes from none other that former Microsoft executive Joachim Kempin. This man was the Vice President of Windows Sales at Microsoft for a whopping 20 years and has, since his retirement, released a book that's lambasted Steve Balmer and made it clear with IGN Microsoft originally created the Xbox "to stop Sony." Now he's ready to speak about the possibilities in the Xbox 720, and it's starting to look a whole lot more like Windows 8.
With Kempin it would seem that "there's no doubt about" the nature of the Xbox 720 specifically in how "more Windows 8-like." He went on to note that "maybe it even gets a touchscreen" and that he wouldn't be surprised if the next-generation console is a lot more Windows 8-like than it is today. He also went on to remind the public that "on the [console] itself there is no profit," going on to note that it's from sources like royalties from game developers and profits from each release of a new Halo game.
Image above via "Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet rumors reappear post from back in November of 2012. Check it out! Note also that Microsoft declined to comment on those rumors then and has since given no new word on an Xbox Surface device. Image below from 2011 film Real Steel:
Much like suggestions made earlier this week, Kempin also suggests that for the Xbox 720 to succeed, it will need to be more than just a specifications bump of a beast. Noting that Microsoft "need[s] to find out hot to get this whole PC environment into the 21st century", Kempin went on to make the key clear: "You have to make these devices work together." Sound like a bit of the ol' Xbox SmartGlass to you, folks?
Have a peek at our lovely Xbox 720 tag portal for more information than you can possible handle on this machine that's not yet even really been confirmed by Microsoft itself. Keep your eyes to the timeline below to see the most recent blasts from across the tip and rumor-sphere and make sure you stick to SlashGear for the next big splash from the gaming console underground soon!