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xbox22.jpgWe’ve heard quite a bit about how the next-gen Xbox will feature upgrades to Kinect and an always-connected internet requirement, and now it’s sounding like both are indeed true.

Several sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that the new Xbox will connect to your cable box simliar to Google TV‘s functionality, using an HDMI cord to hook up your cable box and stream live TV with Xbox overlay menus.

The Verge says that Xbox will take it one step further than Google TV because of Microsoft’s partnerships with content providers. It also reported that the Xbox will require constant internet connection to do this.

There’s also improvements coming to Kinect, which will reportedly now be able to detect several people at once, as well as eye movement. Similar to the technology in the new Samsung Galaxy S4, the console will be able to pause content when your eyes look away from the screen.

This all makes sense considering Microsoft’s push to make the Xbox the focal point of living rooms.

Microsoft is expected to unveil details about its new console later next month. The company recently sold its Mediaroom TV service in order to focus all its efforts on a consumer TV strategy for the Xbox.

Microsoft rival Sony announced its first details of the PlayStation 4 in February.

Previously on GeekWire: Deal with it? Microsoft apologizes for employee’s ‘always-on’ console comment

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