Xbox 720 could have HD touchscreen controller

According to Xbox World magazine, Microsoft’s future console, the so-called Xbox 720, will feature a controller that could include a touch screen similar to the one used by the current Xbox 360.

Citing unnamed sources, the magazine reported that “Microsoft [is] experimenting with a tablet-like controller with a shape closer to Sony’s sleek Vita handheld [or] Apple’s iPad than Wii U’s bulky unit—it’s an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.”

XBW also describes the Xbox 720 pad as “an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.”

“That touchcreen will be second only to Kinect in how you operate your console,” the mag writes. “It could be a remote control when you’re watching TV, a browser when you’re on the internet, extra buttons and information when you’re playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you.”

The magazine predicts that Microsoft’s next game console could be unveiled in June at the E3 show in Los Angeles.