Are you kidding me? They've already started calling it the xbox 720.
Microsoft has yet to even state that a new Xbox exists yet, so how could they be calling it the 'Xbox 720'? Only video game media sites/magazines are calling it the 720, and that is only to emphasize that it is the next console along from the Xbox 360. I actually read one one such site a few weeks back that a supposed 'inside source' at Microsoft stated to them that the new console will drop the numbers and simply go back to being the 'Xbox'. Besides, I read back at launch in 2005 that the name 'Xbox 360' was intended to represent that the Xbox wasn't just a games console, but a system capable of providing a full range of living room digital entertainment needs (not their exact words, obviously, but its more or less the same). A name like 'Xbox 720' just wouldn't fit with that line of thinking.
Also, Advancement? we've been playing the same games over and over and over since Halo, AC, and COD came out.
They keep making the same games because people keep buying them, so the developers keep making a profit on them, so they make more, which the consumers then buy, and so on. However, to say there has been no advancement at all is quite extreme, as there have been quite a few additions to these franchises (Firefight and Spartan Ops in Halo, multiplayer in AC, Spec Ops and Zombies in CoD).
They keep saying how the xbox 360 doesn't have great graphics and the Xbox 720 will or what not, that's all BS.
Graphics isn't everything, but in this case the fact that the Xbox 360 isn't up to par is true. Look at any modern PC game and say that the Xbox 360 has as sharp textures, or as smooth animation. I've been getting a few games lately I might have gotten on Xbox 360 for my PC instead and I'm glad because it looks far better oin my PC then it would have on Xbox 360. One of the things that excited me when they announced the PS4 specs is that it has plenty of power and memory to provide sharp textures, smooth animations, realistic physics and fast load times which all help make games feel that bit more polished.
It's all about money, More and more money. And they're just going to make the LIVE on 360 obsolete so you can't play unless you buy the Speculatedly priced $599.99 720.
It's Microsoft, of course it's all about money. Having said that, $599.99 sounds way too high to me, especially if they do what they've since done with the Xbox 360 and offered a version you can buy for $99 plus $14.99 a month for 24 months. I'm also not sure they'll be able to get away with charging for Xbox Live any more, especially with PSN being free and PC gaining ground back (thanks partially to the ridiculously long cycle of current generation consoles).
I totally called back in 05. It was something like "Dude, you get that xbox 360 for 399.99, and half a decade later, they're going to make the Xbox 720, and after that the xbox 1080...and they're going to charge you top dollar for it, and make your old console obsolete so you either buy the new one or you don't game."
You do realise this has been going on since the 1970's? Games consoles didn't magically start in 2005, and if anything its even harder now to make the old one obsolete. Look at the PS2. They've only just stopped production of it, making it the best selling and longest lived console in history. Along with this '10-year lifecycle' MS have been talking about for the Xbox 360, I doubt we'll see it go away just yet. I'd say probably 2015 - 2018 we'll see Xbox Live for Xbox 360 shut off, depending on how popular the old hardware and games are, and how backwards compatible they make the old games on the new hardware.
Anyway, this is a topic about Halo 4, not the new Xbox. Discussion should be in either the XBL clan thread, or its own topic. So, to get back to Halo 4: I got up to SR-37 last weekend after starting to get into the SWAT playlist. Probably going to more Spartan Ops for now though so I can complete all the episodes on Legendary and get my commendations up more.