Developers close to Microsoft have claimed the next-gen console's hardware is currently being tweaked, as hardware boffins work to "align" the new home machine with the power offered by Sony's recently revealed PlayStation4.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat said the new home Xbox will be "aligned with what Sony announced" in terms of hardware power, also adding: "It's going to be connected. It's going to be social. It's going to be immersive. It's going to be interactive."
Meanwhile, Kotaku, the US aggregator of anything games related or from or even near Japan, says its sources claim the next-generation Xbox controller is virtually unchanged from the Xbox 360 device, perhaps only offering refined curves and a slightly smaller footprint. No sign of any second screen or touchpad on this one.
And according to Kotaku, Microsoft's current development versions of the Xbox 720 controller are covered in black and white stripes, either in an attempt to camouflage its features or to ID controllers and stop developers leaking photos. [Eurogamer via MCV]