Information from the Xbox Development Kit (XDK) for the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) leaked Tuesday. A help file confirms much of the rumored features for the next-gen console such as Kinect requirements, it being always connected, games being installed to the hard drive and more.
The XDK was discovered by the leak heavy website, VGLeaks, who posted an image from the help files covering the "Durango Hardware Overview." The information included in this section confirms that the Xbox 720 will be always on and always connected to the internet. The console will run in a low power state when not in use and the always on network connection will allow updates to be easily installed. We're sure the anti-piracy measures of an always on connection are looked upon favorably as well even though they are not mentioned.
Previous reports suggested that the new Kinect will be required with the Xbox 720 and this hardware overview confirms that as well. The motion sensor will be sold with every console and is required to be connected for the Xbox 720 to work.
While the Xbox 720 will come with a Blu-ray drive, all games will be installed to the hard drive automatically. This will be done immediately after putting the disk in the console the first time and users will be allowed to play while the game is being installed. The size of the hard drive has not been determined yet but this is clearly another anti-piracy measure on the part of Microsoft.
This leak also provided some of the first information on the controller for the next-gen console. Not much is known at the time but the overview says that the controller will have "low-latency connectivity to the console, and improved ergonomics. System interactions that use the controller will be simplified to make them easier for noncore gamers."
The Xbox 720 is expected to be officially revealed before E3 in June and released some time this October or November.