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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:08

Next Xbox could be detailed at CES 2012

Written by David Stellmack

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Rumors continue to build that this is the case


It seems that as with the iPhone 5 rumors the drama surrounding a possible successor to the Xbox 360 is really starting to take on a life of its own, with a number of sources coming out of the woodwork to ping us about what the new machine potentially could be.

When you gather up everything that we have been told, it seems that a lot of momentum is behind a potential announcement that Microsoft is said to be preparing to make at CES in January. According to the rumors, Microsoft will announce the technology that will power the next Xbox, and the company is expected to make this huge announcement during CES. It isn’t yet clear if they will be showing the actual prototype of the machine, but we suspect that this will be the case.

The latest unconfirmed talk has the new console using a hex-core CPU clocked in the 3GHz range, with two GB of DDR3 RAM. The graphics will be powered by an AMD GPU that will offer both more performance and features than the current Xbox 360 GPU.

While a number of stories have suggested that at least some studios might be working on development for the new console, no one is confirming these reports; and those studios that have been indicated in the reports have denied that they are developing for new Microsoft hardware.

We do believe that there is enough evidence to indicate that Microsoft is working toward a new console. What might happen at CES might have more to do with a potential announcement of the future direction of the Xbox platform and what some of the platform’s abilities will be going forward, rather than a lot of specifics and examples that are playable today. It could be that Microsoft will have a second more specific playable unveiling at E3 later in the year.

Rumors are just that; but we have found that when a number of people are talking about the same subject that all of the pieces are there, we just have to put them together correctly. If not, we can wait till January 10th thru the 13th at CES to see what Microsoft might be announcing, or not announcing if that is the case.
 

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+3 #1 Exodite 2011-11-15 11:42
I'd bloody well hope it's got a better GPU than the 360!

Still, this information doesn't give any real insight into how competitive the performance will be to a modern PC. The memory amount still seems skimpy, even without the overhead of a full Windows installation.

The amount of VRAM may be even more telling, once we know.

Of course I'm merely concerned as a PC gamer, as while the next-gen XBOX won't be released for some time yet it will still dictate the quality of games for some time to come.
 
 
+1 #2 Dumachi 2011-11-15 12:52
2gb seeems unlikely its more likely to be 4 or 6 gb of ram
 
 
+2 #3 gozzak 2011-11-15 13:58
This is a great opportunity for MS. They need to add many usefull features like making the new Xbox the centre of home entertainment - movies, music, - not just games. A USB3 port, built in 802.11n, awesome media centre software that plays every format of movies - ISOs, VOBs, mkvs, MP4 etc. A System-on-a-chip OS that has a browser, etc etc.
 
 
0 #4 bardenck 2011-11-15 15:41
Quote:
The graphics will be powered by an AMD GPU that will offer both more performance and features than the current Xbox 360 GPU.



lol


Quoting Dumachi:
2gb seeems unlikely its more likely to be 4 or 6 gb of ram


top notch games dont require more than 4 GB on pc. AND consoles do not have 100 applications and services in the background using up memory... 2 is plenty. derp. that being said, a hex core seems like overkill pricewise.
 
 
+1 #5 stun 2011-11-15 18:01
If they are making a next-gen console, I'd have preferred an 8GB RAM instead of 2GB.
But these are rumors anyway, so I'd wait and see.

Either way, I am excited if the next-gen XBox will be out by 2012 Holiday season.
 
 
-1 #6 The blue fox 2011-11-15 20:48
Funny to see Microsoft go with an AMD GPU. after having so many over heating problems problems with the Fat xbox.
I guess it does insure that if the console is backwards compatible.

I rather see MS go with 4GB of ram. 2GB is fine for today s games. But if you are going to be pushing higher resolution. And sharper textures you are going to need more then 2GB.
 
 
-2 #7 bardenck 2011-11-15 21:41
Quoting The blue fox:
I rather see MS go with 4GB of ram. 2GB is fine for today s games. But if you are going to be pushing higher resolution. And sharper textures you are going to need more then 2GB.


you're thinking about video memory... 2gb is plenty for ONE service (the game) and maybe a download in the background.. research this a little people. video memory on the GPU is what is needed for higher res and AA etc.
 
 
+3 #8 whiteknight2211 2011-11-15 22:19
Quoting Exodite:
I'd bloody well hope it's got a better GPU than the 360!

Still, this information doesn't give any real insight into how competitive the performance will be to a modern PC. The memory amount still seems skimpy, even without the overhead of a full Windows installation.

The amount of VRAM may be even more telling, once we know.

Of course I'm merely concerned as a PC gamer, as while the next-gen XBOX won't be released for some time yet it will still dictate the quality of games for some time to come.


I agree, hopefully Microsoft's attitude which resulted in Windows 7's far greater success will transfer to this.

If I had to want one graphics related requirement it would be this..

1080p graphics!
 
 
+1 #9 Skynet 2011-11-15 23:17
MS/Sony know that the second they announce a successor the current gen sales will just die!

The very earlist we will see a new console will be Xmas '12 so i think CES will be too early to kill the current console sales. I would think E3 is more likely and that's only if its this year.

As for the spec, hex-core goes seem over kill, I would rather see a higher clocked quad-core, 2Gb system ram is enough, but 2GB Graphics RAM is a must for HD textures, Blu-Ray is also a must, it doesn't matter if MS comes up with a 'better' disk format people want to watch blu-rays on their consoles.

As for the name, forget Loop, its going to be "Xbox 1080", MS toyed with Xbox 720 as its has so much publicity but 1080(p) has much better PR connotation.
 
 
0 #10 Exodite 2011-11-16 00:45
Quoting bardenck:
a hex core seems like overkill pricewise.



It's unlikely to be a hexa-core along the lined of Sandy Bridge E though.

It might be another custom POWER-derivative, an ARM-based SoC or even something akin to an AMD A6.

In either case it's likely to be both cheaper and less powerful than what we'd expect from hearing the word hexa-core.
 

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