Microsoft trademarks Forzavista ahead of next-gen Xbox reveal

Microsoft files trademark for "a feature of interactive video game software" days ahead of next Xbox unveiling.

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Microsoft has submitted a filing to trademark Forzavista, ahead of its next-gen Xbox unveiling on May 21.

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Siliconera spotted the trademark, which Microsoft submitted on May 15, 2013, noting specific text that said the Forzavista filing would be for "a feature of interactive video game software which allows players to obtain statistical information of internal and external features of a vehicle and to virtually navigate and operate those vehicles."

Forza Motorsport 4 featured a mode called Autovista, which allowed the player to explore high-detail models of 25-odd cars, and featured narration by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

Sources in April said Microsoft was gearing up to release a next-gen Forza with "super life-like" graphics later in 2013.

Microsoft has released a Turn 10-developed Forza Motorsport every other year since the series started in 2005. Last year's spin-off Forza Horizon was developed by UK-based Playground Games.

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