Rumor Water: Xbox 720 Includes Blu-Ray Drive, Always-On Internet Connection

The Next Xbox

VG247 are rumoring that Microsoft has confirmed the details of Xbox 720 to a handful of developers, with the console seeing a release December 2013. Details inside.

According to the site, “multiple sources have confirmed this morning that the machine will have two GPUs”, with one source adding: “It’s like two PCs taped together.”

Apparently, the “graphics cards are thought to be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but not CrossFire or SLI”, the rumor continues, adding: “the GPUs aren’t structured as they are in a normal dual PC set-up, in which the two chips take it in turns to draw lines of the same object: Xbox 720′s graphics units will be able to work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously.”

Always On

To Play Xbox 720, you’ll need to have an internet connection at all times, as the new machine includes “always on” technology demanding highspeed internet.

Kinect Is Not Forgotten

The sources claim Xbox 720 will have “four or six” cores to the Xbox 720 CPU, one being reserved for Kinect, while the other will be used for the operating system. Kinect will also be built into the next Xbox, not sold separately as currently is the case.

This as Kotaku rocked the gaming world with a rumor revealing PS4′s codename as PS Orbis, also revealing that the new machine would feature used game-blocking technology, and would not be backwards compatible with PS3.

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7 Comments on "Rumor Water: Xbox 720 Includes Blu-Ray Drive, Always-On Internet Connection"

  1. linglingjr April 2, 2012 at 9:48 am -

    So basicly its what you can do with a PC now you just have to wait almost a year and a half until it becomes outdated right?

  2. benzo April 2, 2012 at 10:00 am -

    Demanding high speed internet is not a smart move due to the fact that everyone does not have the $$$ for it, and some places just lack the infrastructure period.

  3. nick April 3, 2012 at 5:32 am -

    oh hogswash!!!!!!!
    consoles will NEVER have dual graphics cards!
    the 360 struggles with heat issues as it is, let alone slapping in a more powerful power hungry card, then another!
    not to mention the cost.
    you would need a larger power supply, extra cables, larger ventilation areas.
    if your going to charge a thousand bucks per unit and have it water cooled then ok, but otherwise no freaking way!
    as for the always on DRM BS id like to think $ony and M$ are not THAT stupid!
    they may be stupid, but come on they cant be that stupid, willing to implement a feature that will scare away a massive portion of their fan base.
    requiring a net connection is just freaking stupid!
    its been raining almost every day here this year its our wettest year on record already and its only the 4th month!
    and every single god dam time it rains the water gets into the lines and cuts the internet out.
    just another way how greediness is destroying the industry!
    gone are the days where purchasing a console and games was enough.
    now you have to purchase cables, internet connection, and online features like XBLA gold.

    where does it end!?

    as for kinect, figures the one thing they should forget is the one thing they dont.
    sigh.

  4. Ghost250 April 3, 2012 at 6:03 am -

    microsoft can do whatever they want i still wont ever buy another xbox. who the hell wants to play halo, fable, and forza all the time? not me.

  5. nick April 3, 2012 at 9:37 am -

    they need to bring back some of the older franchises.
    we really need to see another crackdown game done well it could sell really well!

  6. Ghost250 April 3, 2012 at 9:51 am -

    tbh i want M$ to let RARE make a new killer instinct, maybe a new conker game, hell make a “actual” banjo-kazooie game.

  7. nick April 4, 2012 at 9:03 am -

    yeah locking rare to crappy kinect games is the biggest injustice this industry has seen since $ony cancled 8 days and the getaway 3, 2 of the biggest best looking games for the ps3, and especially the getaway 3 the ONLY game to ever stand up to the infamous GTA!
    and all for a crappy kids game.
    i mean seriously what do people who spent 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 hundred bucks on a console want?
    a uncharted styled game staring cops, and a open world game like GTA?
    or a crappy kids game that lets you play with a mini monkey?
    sigh………
    aaaaaaaaaanyway, i wish M$ would bring back banjo that was one of my favourite franchises!
    id LOVE to see rare do a new goldeneye game too.
    i dunno i just really want to see what they could bring to the series now, and see if it can be as revolutionary as its N64 counterpart.

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