With so much talk of the next version of the Xbox 360 coming out in the next 12 months, designer Joseph Dumary has created what he believes the next generation of the Xbox could, or perhaps even should, look like.

"The 100% digital Xbox Prestige uses the foundations of the previous 360 Kinect to form this completely controller-less gaming console that’s even smaller than the Xbox Slim," explains design website Yanko Design on the concept.

The ditching of the optical drive makes sense and just so has it conforms with the latest rumours that Microsoft could launch a non optical drive model for those looking to focus on the multimedia services the box offers. Like Apple's Apple TV product, such a device would allow Microsoft to push gamers to a digital download experience that they are very much used to with phones, tablets, and more often than not, software on their PC. 

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Of course that’s not the only difference here:

"A combination of motion sensor technology, including not one but two cameras built into the console, and integrated voice recognition make it a super responsive and hands-free gaming powerhouse. 

"The KinectIN feature allows the user to purchase a game and simply scan the chip to the console. Once scanned to the user’s profile, play can begin in Microsoft Xbox Cloud or from the internal 2TB hard drive," suggests Dumary.

On the spec day-dreaming side of things "The console has an 8-core processor for super-speed performance up to 20 times faster than previous Xbox models. It supports 3D, 4K2K, multiTV (DPConnect), live TV and webcam, as well as GPS that allows users to view the location of any other user on an active map."

Yes it’s a concept, but if the next version of the Xbox 360 looked anywhere near as good as this, we are sure you'll agree, we need to start saving now. It is also a lot prettier than what we believe will be the future of the console when we imagined it in March 2010 as part of Future Week, a look at what gadgets will look like in 2015.

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