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Friday, 25 November 2011 10:29

Microsoft planning two new Xboxs

Written by Nick Farell

Will appear in 2013

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth rumour with claims that Microsoft is planning two new Xboxes to replace the current 360.

The new consoles could arrive sometime in 2013 and will be based around the 28nm manufacturing process. Microsoft is apparently developing an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation gaming console.  Redmond already flogs  the 360 at multiple price ranges but the differences typically are slight.

However in this case the lower-end model will come at a low price and work like a set-top box. The report says this unit will target streaming media services like Netflix and cater to more casual gamers. But the mainstream Xbox 720 would be a true upgrade with an optical drive, hard drive storage and backwards-compatibility with existing 360 games and better upgrade. Rumours are that it will contain a six-core CPU, AMD graphics and 2GB of DDR3 memory.

Kinect will receive a boost too in line with what Microsoft is planning to do with Windows.

More here.

Last modified on Friday, 25 November 2011 12:25

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+2 #1 Freddy 2011-11-25 10:38

Did you mean: Microsoft
+5 #2 DaRAGE 2011-11-25 12:27
I hope those 6 cores are not AMD Bulldozer "cores". Best to bet with IBM again?
+1 #3 Exodite 2011-11-25 12:39
Quoting DaRAGE:
Best to bet with IBM again?

Assuming the blurb about backwards compatibility is correct than that would be a reasonable assumption.

Considering how skimpy console hardware tends to be it's doubtful that the new XBOX could play 360 games at full speed using software emulation.

Who knows though, right?

Also, 2GB memory in 2013. *sigh*
+2 #4 Jermelescu 2011-11-25 15:06
Make that 2GB module into a 4GB one and they're good to go.
+3 #5 Tegra 3 2011-11-25 15:46
I don't know why console makers skimp on RAM when it is one of the cheapest parts and is most often the bottleneck of a console at the end of its generation. Put some 8gb RAM in there for future expansion please.
+1 #6 godrilla 2011-11-25 22:49
You can get 8 gigs of ddr3 ram as a consumer for $50 which comes with heat sink and everything, imagine if you bought a few million without the heatsink you probably get a crazy ass discount. So 2 gigs of ram is stupid.

Microsoft should learn from Apple who charges. $1000 for their ram upgrade in there macs.

I guess ssd is out of the question!
0 #7 evolucion8 2011-11-26 18:10
Considering that games are programmed with CTM like language with little or no overhead, doesn't need to have lots of RAM except for the sake of longetivity and yet, current consoles are playing next generation games like Battlefield 3 on 512MB of RAM and 7800GT/Radeon X1950PRO GPU's, try to run Battlefield 3 on medium settings with 512MB of RAM on Windows XP or Windows 7 LOLL. Gotta love Close To Metal API approach.
+1 #8 nt300 2011-11-28 14:02
This is once again a testament that PC Gaming will always remain Superior in Picture Quality. 2GB will probably cost Microsoft between $5 to $10 in a mass production scenario. I mean the most logical Memory Ram choice for the upcoming XBOX 720 should be nothing lower than 4GB.

This is the reason why you will never see High Res Textures on a game console, because you need at least 4GB or more to make this happen.

Take for instance Skyrim PC and how it should have had "MUCH BETTER" graphics and character movement, but thanks to its crappy XBOX 360 port over onto PC, the PC version does not look as good as it should have looked.

These bloody console ports are now screwing with the PC version of the game by capping the memory.
+1 #9 godrilla 2011-11-28 14:14
You can purchase a 6 core pc with 2gigs of ram and directx 11 gpu even yesterday for dirt cheap and it will be kinect compatible in 2012. So the pc. Is already superior even @ the midrange level! HP sell entry level Pcs for $5 to $600 bucks with all those features and some.

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