CVG has quoted Xbox World Magazine as saying the new Xbox, codemaned ‘Durango’, is simply a monster because of what’s under the hood. There’s also talk Microsoft will unveil Durango at E3 in June, once more upstaging Sony. Lots more below the break.
“XBW’s sources suggest Durango’s devkit is powered by a state of the art 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU with a graphics processor on par with AMD’s Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cards. The 360′s three-core 3.2Ghz IBM CPU is an antique by current PC standards, but a sixteen core CPU is future tech for even high-end home PC users. AMD launched the world’s first 16-core processor for the business market in November of last year,” reads a quote in the magazine, as reported by CVG.
“Even if you had a 16-core processor in your gaming PC there are currently no games built to use it, but games for the next Xbox could put all sixteen cores to work on day one for a level of performance far in excess of current gaming PCs. It’s a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine – too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it’ll need a lot of power. Sixteen cores would still leave more processing power than the next Xbox will ever need, even with Kinect’s demands,” it continued
“Durango’s AMD GPU is much more reasonable and has been something of an open secret for a while, thanks to leaks at Chinese manufacturing plants. AMD’s brand-new 7000-series GPUs hit the consumer market in January of this year, and the higher-end models can run Battlefield 3 in 1080p with Ultra graphics settings at well over sixty frames per second. 360 packs a custom version of the AMD 1800-series GPU, and you already know how that performs – barely managing a consistent 30 frames in Battlefield 3 at a comparatively low sub-720p graphics setting.”
Now that the dev kits are in the hands of developers, Microsoft has once again beat Sony at getting material out first, and if Sony fails to show off something related to PS4 at E3 this year, “Microsoft could roll into June’s LA showcase with dozens of next-generation exclusives from third parties.”
It’s a report, and not all reports are true, but if this hold any truth, we’re in for a treat in June.