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Next Xbox Rumored to get Two GPUs, Hexacore CPU

By - Source: VG24/7 | B 121 comments

Microsoft reportedly provided details of the next-generation Xbox to close partners.

Besides a launch time frame of late 2013, the latest wave of posts discussing the features of the console include a dual-GPU setup, similar to two AMD 7000-series graphics processors. However, the graphics units will be integrated as independent processors that can process separate tasks at the same time.

According to VG24/7, the new Xbox will integrate four to six processing cores, one of which will be reserved for Kinect and one for the operating system. Given upcoming Kinect upgrades, which are rumored to include automated avatar generation based on a user rendering, as well as much higher resolution, it is reasonable to offload some of the required processing horsepower from the Kinect device to the console itself. Previous reports suggested that Kinect will be a default feature of the new Xbox and will be offered as standard equipment of the console.

The VG24/7 article also mentions that an always-on Internet connection will be a requirement for the Xbox for piracy protection purposes. Interestingly, there is a note of a Blu-ray drive as well and it appears as if Microsoft does not feel that streaming only content is an option just yet.

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    beardguy , April 3, 2012 1:13 PM
    I was liking everything I was reading until this:
    "an always-on Internet connection will be a requirement for the Xbox for piracy protection purposes"

    When will they learn that hardcore DRM like this cripples the user experience? I can just imagine my internet connection going out and not be able to play games even in campaign mode.
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    zooted , April 3, 2012 1:18 PM
    Quote:
    The VG24/7 article also mentions that an always-on Internet connection will be a requirement for the Xbox for piracy protection purposes.
    That is ridiculous.
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    rmpumper , April 3, 2012 1:56 PM
    X720 - always-on Internet connection
    PS4 - no used game support

    My guess is that a lot of people will migrate to PC's in coming years.
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    monsta , April 3, 2012 1:08 PM
    Sounds like the xbox is going to have some beefy hardware to compete with the next Playstation
  • 48 Hide
    beardguy , April 3, 2012 1:13 PM
    I was liking everything I was reading until this:
    "an always-on Internet connection will be a requirement for the Xbox for piracy protection purposes"

    When will they learn that hardcore DRM like this cripples the user experience? I can just imagine my internet connection going out and not be able to play games even in campaign mode.
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    EzioAs , April 3, 2012 1:15 PM
    This is good news right? If they integrate 2 GPU into the Xbox, all game developers will optimize their games and SLI or crossfire will scale better for the PC once it's being ported or am I wrong?
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    Hydroc10 , April 3, 2012 1:15 PM
    So in about 2 years pc gamers will start getting some decent ports?
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    confish21 , April 3, 2012 1:17 PM
    I hope the new lines of consoles are as powerful as possible.
  • 36 Hide
    zooted , April 3, 2012 1:18 PM
    Quote:
    The VG24/7 article also mentions that an always-on Internet connection will be a requirement for the Xbox for piracy protection purposes.
    That is ridiculous.
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    hellfire24 , April 3, 2012 1:27 PM
    a six core cpu,two gpus,man then how it's still a console?it's almost a pc.
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    masseybe84 , April 3, 2012 1:28 PM
    If this is true it can mean nothing but good things. It would be nice for developers to actually start developing games for 4 cores and 2 GPU's instead of having to hope for some half hearted support on the PC or a driver update to get SLI/Crossfire working.
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    ikefu , April 3, 2012 1:29 PM
    I'm guessing the always on internet connection is false. I can see having to log in to activate or register a game on first use but always on? I'm thinking that is wild speculation.
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    shin0bi272 , April 3, 2012 1:33 PM
    posted the link to the original article if you couldnt find it in the article above:

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/04/02/xbox-720-detailed-blu-ray-inside-always-on-netcon-required/


    from what I heard, other than the link above, its going to use an APU and an extra gpu chip is rumored at this point. No confirmations on anything yet so take any news with a grain of salt.
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    hoof_hearted , April 3, 2012 1:35 PM
    "always on Internet connection" ...

    Personally, I game mostly on the PC, but have a 360 for jRPGs. I use the 360 for many jRPG games such as Final Fantasy, Tales games, etc. Also good for my kids where I don't really want them on the internet. I only hook it to the internet every now and then to update, but that is pretty much it. PLus it is fun to take it on trips where we dont really want to be "connected". I guess they want to eliminate this market.
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    Bloob , April 3, 2012 1:41 PM
    southernsharkI hope it does not have a BD player. That technology is such crap.Just put a SD card slot on it. They could put games on those. Let the spinning disk die!!!!

    I wouldn't want to pay over a 100$ for every boxed game I buy...

    But if it's always online, then I won't be getting it anyways...
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    aaron88_7 , April 3, 2012 1:46 PM
    The current 360 is such a marketing POS. It is nothing but a constant stream of advertisements, and not even one's I'm interested in.

    It can have all the processing power in the world, but if I have to create some childish avatar to create an account then I'll stick with PC gaming. Consoles these days are for kids.
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    cknobman , April 3, 2012 1:55 PM
    Always on internet connection, no used game market.

    Each report keeps getting better and better.

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    rmpumper , April 3, 2012 1:56 PM
    X720 - always-on Internet connection
    PS4 - no used game support

    My guess is that a lot of people will migrate to PC's in coming years.
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