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AMD: Xbox 720 to Have Avatar-level Graphics

By - Source: Examiner | B 132 comments

We've been hearing snippets of information about the Xbox 720 over the last few weeks and now AMD has put its two cents in.

We've already heard talk of DirectX 11 and an E3 2012 launch for the newest Xbox console and now AMD is adding that the console will be capable of producing graphics with Avatar-levels of detail. Referring to the smash-hit movie that put 3D on the map, Examiner cites director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison, as saying Xbox fans have a lot to be excited about.

Aside from stunning graphics, Robison is quoted as saying that the next-generation console from Microsoft will boast A.I. and physics capabilities that will allow for every pedestrian in a games like Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row 'to have a totally individual mentality'. That means no more of the mob mentality that sees everyone just running away screaming, each character will do something different.

The Examiner is using August's issue of Official Xbox Magazine as a source for the information, but AMD has not confirmed that it is working on the Xbox 720. Similarly, Microsoft has not confirmed any details regarding the new system. Elsewhere in the market, Nintendo just introduced the next generation Wii, the Wii U, which is scheduled for launch next year. Sony is also rumored to be working on the PS4, which is also expected in 2012.

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    Yargnit , July 19, 2011 11:14 AM
    Was the recent Unreal engine demo that required Tri-SLI GTX580's even Avatar quality? I can't imagine the new Xbox having that much graphics horsepower if it's coming out within the next two years unless it's going to cost more than the PS3 did at launch. I'd be impressed if it had more horsepower than a single GTX580 if it launches by holiday 2012 at $400 or less.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , July 19, 2011 1:06 PM
    Total BS. The 3D models used in Avatar likely had 100 times the triangles of modern games. Plus they used a completely different rendering technology. Better graphics....maybe. Avatar level....no chance in hell.
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    joytech22 , July 19, 2011 11:24 AM
    What...?
    There are NO games that have come out or are coming out in the near future (next year) with graphics that would even compare to Avatar's CGI.
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    RabidFace , July 19, 2011 11:07 AM
    While this doesn't seem out of reach at all, considering the video chipsets out right now, and what is can still come, there is just something about this article......I can't put my finger on it........
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    crisan_tiberiu , July 19, 2011 11:08 AM
    Its about time...
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    alhanelem , July 19, 2011 11:13 AM
    i really dont care how much they are over exaggerating on the graphical improvements just as long as they are NOTICEABLE!!!!
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    Yargnit , July 19, 2011 11:14 AM
    Was the recent Unreal engine demo that required Tri-SLI GTX580's even Avatar quality? I can't imagine the new Xbox having that much graphics horsepower if it's coming out within the next two years unless it's going to cost more than the PS3 did at launch. I'd be impressed if it had more horsepower than a single GTX580 if it launches by holiday 2012 at $400 or less.
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    joytech22 , July 19, 2011 11:24 AM
    What...?
    There are NO games that have come out or are coming out in the near future (next year) with graphics that would even compare to Avatar's CGI.
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    shin0bi272 , July 19, 2011 11:25 AM
    So they are going to put a dx11 card in the new console. Where's the surprise here? It was announced by lord iD himself John Carmack that pc's were a generation ahead of consoles earlier this year or late last year.

    What I find surprising is that they claim it will do avatar level of graphics... did they mean avatar the pc game? cause Im pretty sure that the avatar cgi was done on huge server farms not a console the size of a laptop. They are also claiming it will do physics... so are we now to be forced into choosing bullet or physx based on the game we buy? Way to get the kids hopes up AMD.
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    molo9000 , July 19, 2011 11:26 AM
    Yeah..... right.....

    It took more than a months on a big server farm to render avatar.
    It's going to be at least a decade before consumer decices can render that sort of graphics in real time.
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    edwinjr , July 19, 2011 11:30 AM
    It's hyperbole
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    shinmalothar , July 19, 2011 11:40 AM
    EDIT: AMD: Xbox 720 to Have Avatar-level Graphics (When rendering one tree...and maybe a small insect...at 800*600 resolution)
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    Yargnit , July 19, 2011 11:44 AM
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    @Yargnit: Consoles are always better at utilizing the full potential of their hardware, thus Avatar level graphics might not be out of reach for the next Xbox.


    True, but your talking Crysis on a Nintendo64 level of optimization if Avatar quality graphics isn't a huge exaggeration. We're still a few years from real-time ray-tracing, which basically means their statement is impossible without any further information even needed.
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    JonathanDeane , July 19, 2011 11:53 AM
    This is almost the exact same thing they said about the PS2 only replace Avatar with Toy Story. I think the PS3 comes pretty close to Toy Story level of graphics... so 2 more console generations might actually pull off Avatar type graphics in real time. Impressive.
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    vaughn2k , July 19, 2011 12:11 PM
    shinmalotharEDIT: AMD: Xbox 720 to Have Avatar-level Graphics (When rendering one tree...and maybe a small insect...at 800*600 resolution)

    Lets wait for the console, then we judge, shall we?
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    blubbey , July 19, 2011 12:16 PM
    If this is true, then it's about time. I wonder what card it will have and what price it would be at launch.

    From the sounds of it, atleast a 4870x2?
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    Parrdacc , July 19, 2011 12:30 PM
    Sound like the same hype we all heard when the current consoles where about to come out. Different words same hype.
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    SteelCity1981 , July 19, 2011 12:33 PM
    Heard this before. I'll believe it when I see it. Next gen consoles always get overhyped before they debut. Maybe if they didn't overhype them soo much before they come out and make it more realistic on what people can expect people wouldn't be disappointed.
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    genghiskron , July 19, 2011 12:37 PM
    I think what they meant was Avatar SCRIPT-Level details.
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    lamorpa , July 19, 2011 12:42 PM
    vaughn2kLets wait for the console, then we judge, shall we?

    Why? The isn't a question that it can't be done. Even if cost wasn't a factor, even if size and heat weren't factors, it would be impossible.
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