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Xbox 720 Durango Dev Kit Appears Online for Sale

By - Source: Eurogamer (Digital Foundry) | B 44 comments

A nice Xbox 720 leak to get your week off to the right start.

Nintendo has already talked a lot about the Wii U. Conversely, both Microsoft and Sony are keeping pretty quiet about their next generation consoles. As far as Microsoft is concerned, we do have some details, such as the fact that it's codenamed 'Durango,' and that it might ditch the optical drive, but we're holding out for some good old fashioned leaks to help us out with the rest of the juicy details.

 

This past weekend, our hopes were raised high, as one person on the web claimed to be selling an Xbox 720 Durango devkit. The devkit in question cropped up on a game dev forum (AssemblerGames) with a price tag of $10,000. Eurogamer's Digital Foundry reached out to the source and then followed up with multiple developers working on next-gen projects. According to what Digital Foundry heard back, this really is a Durango devkit we're looking at. Of course, it's worth noting that the Xbox 720 probably won't look anything like this -- this is just the cobbled-together hardware sent out to developers so they can get the ball rolling. Still, it could give us some idea of what to expect, specswise, from the new Xbox.

       

The person responsible for the leaked images goes by the name of DaE and has since been banned from the AssemblerGames forums after it emerged his sale posting was a prank played on the owner of the boards. However, the fact remains that the image he used for that posting were apparently legitimate, and Digital Foundry says that after speaking to him, that he has had access to the devkit.

So, the pics are legit, but what else do we know? Well, Digital Foundry says DaE believes the devkits (dispatched in February) feature an Intel CPU, an Nvidia graphics card (he didn't specify beyond that), more than 8GB of memory, and that it's 64-bit in nature. DaE says Microsoft is actually aiming for an eight-core CPU, but this information has not been verified.

For more pictures and the full story, hit up Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.

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    KidABear , July 31, 2012 2:31 PM
    ConSOULGamingllllAwesome! Day 1 purchase here. PC gaming is so stale and boring anymore with no good exclusives. Looking forward to seeing these new consoles, as they should be pretty future proof with the specs they are touting (8GB RAM, 8-core CPU, modern GFX card). Hopefully they have a new Call of Duty as a launch title for this like they did for the 360. Or maybe Halo?


    Troll so hard...
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    KidABear , July 31, 2012 3:21 PM
    ConSOULGamingIIIIHow is it trolling? Current XBOX has 512MB of shared memory, a triple core CPU, and an X1900 series graphics card, and games still look great on it. Heck, the PS3 has a weaker graphics card, and the Uncharted and God of War series are FAR better looking than anything on PC.This is a substantial hardware upgrade. The games already look great now; I can't even imagine what the next Uncharted will look like!


    Go home kid. Nobody here is going to fall into your trap.
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    Anonymous , July 31, 2012 2:18 PM
    It does not show anything new.
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    booyaah , July 31, 2012 2:28 PM
    I can already smell the $$$ rolling in..
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    KidABear , July 31, 2012 2:31 PM
    ConSOULGamingllllAwesome! Day 1 purchase here. PC gaming is so stale and boring anymore with no good exclusives. Looking forward to seeing these new consoles, as they should be pretty future proof with the specs they are touting (8GB RAM, 8-core CPU, modern GFX card). Hopefully they have a new Call of Duty as a launch title for this like they did for the 360. Or maybe Halo?


    Troll so hard...
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    math1337 , July 31, 2012 2:34 PM
    Intel CPUs back? I hope that means I can be installing windows/linux on it, for a reasonably cheap HTPC.
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    KNO3 , July 31, 2012 2:38 PM
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    Awesome! Day 1 purchase here. PC gaming is so stale and boring anymore with no good exclusives. Looking forward to seeing these new consoles, as they should be pretty future proof with the specs they are touting (8GB RAM, 8-core CPU, modern GFX card).

    Hopefully they have a new Call of Duty as a launch title for this like they did for the 360. Or maybe Halo?



    You almost had me. But then I knew for sure you were trolling when you said "modern GFX card".
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    leongrado , July 31, 2012 2:50 PM
    I wonder why they're going to have 8 cores. Are they predicting games to use that much more cpu in the future? I have an i5 quad core right now and cpu has never been a bottleneck. What do you guys think. Is this just another reason for them to charge us more for the system or are games really going to require that much more professing power?
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    wiinippongamer , July 31, 2012 2:56 PM
    ConSOULGamingllllAwesome! Day 1 purchase here. PC gaming is so stale and boring anymore with no good exclusives. Looking forward to seeing these new consoles, as they should be pretty future proof with the specs they are touting (8GB RAM, 8-core CPU, modern GFX card). Hopefully they have a new Call of Duty as a launch title for this like they did for the 360. Or maybe Halo?



    In 2 years those'll become outdated again.
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    gamerk316 , July 31, 2012 2:58 PM
    leongradoI wonder why they're going to have 8 cores. Are they predicting games to use that much more cpu in the future? I have an i5 quad core right now and cpu has never been a bottleneck. What do you guys think. Is this just another reason for them to charge us more for the system or are games really going to require that much more professing power?


    Not really. Games are REALLY hard to make parallel, though when coding in Assembly, its easier to do, so for a console, more cores will probably help more then it would on a PC.

    Thats why current consoles can still kinda keep up with midrange PC's: They are coded at a MUCH lower level, so you get better performance out of lower-tier hardware.
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    game junky , July 31, 2012 3:00 PM
    Intel octocore proc w/ Nvidia GPU? Count me in - can't wait to experience 4k games
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    bdizzle11 , July 31, 2012 3:05 PM
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    the Uncharted and God of War series are FAR better looking than anything on PC.

    Lolwut? Ill go side by side with a PS3 anyday.
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    gsxrme , July 31, 2012 3:15 PM
    bdizzle11Lolwut? Ill go side by side with a PS3 anyday.


    Then you don't have a real PC. Real men that $$$ to afford a real PC

    KNO3You almost had me. But then I knew for sure you were trolling when you said "modern GFX card".


    Microsoft will be bringing internet explorer to the table for the XBOX soon. But as far as installing Windows that would most likely void warranty and give you a nice Live ban.
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    KidABear , July 31, 2012 3:21 PM
    ConSOULGamingIIIIHow is it trolling? Current XBOX has 512MB of shared memory, a triple core CPU, and an X1900 series graphics card, and games still look great on it. Heck, the PS3 has a weaker graphics card, and the Uncharted and God of War series are FAR better looking than anything on PC.This is a substantial hardware upgrade. The games already look great now; I can't even imagine what the next Uncharted will look like!


    Go home kid. Nobody here is going to fall into your trap.
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    babak azkayee , July 31, 2012 3:24 PM
    Let me correct my comment : This does not contain any surprising information. Many guys in forums have said Xbox 720 has 8 Gig ram or perhaps more. 8 core cpu . A new graphic card as powerful as GTX 580. And supports DX11. But now we can see development kit that many game studios like Crytek are working on. Microsoft is not happy for sure !!!
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    babak azkayee , July 31, 2012 3:30 PM
    + The first comment is mine.
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    g00fysmiley , July 31, 2012 3:49 PM
    i'm happy to see new consoles if only so the quality of my pc games will go up as console ports have access to new hardware. my pc isn't that special 955 black edition, 2x gts 450 in sli, 8 gigs of ram but I played mass effect 1 and 2 on my pc and it looked pretty slick, even those playing console saw what it looked like and didn't even think it was the same game... then came mass effect 3 i didn't want origins on my pc and i didn't want to pirate so i bought it for the 360... it looks like somehting got thrown up on my screen its a nice mid range 37" led lcd 1080p which looks amazing when i hook up and play pc games so i know it isn't the display, the edges are just so jagged, the shading is not ... good smoke and effect just look bad. if the system rumors are true then the bar will be set so muchhigher and once i do another system upgrade it'll make things look all the better
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    Bloob , July 31, 2012 4:03 PM
    It's not unusual for devkits to have twice the RAM and an extra core for debugging purposes.
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    antilycus , July 31, 2012 4:14 PM
    8 CORES Does NOT equal 8x the performance.

    AX,BX,CX,DX, EX, EAX

    All the cores use the same, extremely small memory registers. Don't be fooled. any performance increase you see will be for the GPU, not the CPU. Are you willing to pay 500ish dollars for a GPU for your PC? Then why would your TV? Only to have it out of date by the time you purhcase it, with NO HOPES OF UPGRADING.

    IMO Console's are dying. It's the same repeated trash for way too much money that hinders developers and hinders advances. OUYA, is the way to go. Low costs, easy to upgarde (just buy a new one) and open-source.
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