Rumor: Xbox 720 to Have 'Ridiculously Powerful' 16-Core CPU

Microsoft has been pretty adamant that it won't be bringing the Xbox 720 to E3 2012 but the gossip and rumors about the console rage on regardless. Today's outlandish rumor comes courtesy of Xbox World, which is reporting that the new Xbox will have a 16-core CPU.

The report says that Durango developer kits were sent out last month and while they don't resemble the finished product as far as appearance is concerned, the guts of these kits is representative of the console that is expected next year. We had already heard that the new Xbox 720, codenamed Durango, would pack something along the lines of AMD's Radeon 7000-series in terms of graphics, and XBW is reporting the same, along with a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU.

"It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even," the reports states. "But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power."

As usual, Microsoft hasn't commented on the rumors, preferring instead to stay quiet and let these reports stew away. Still, on the off chance they do comment, we'll be sure to keep you posted.

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  • SinisterSalad
    A little late for April Fools, isn't it?
  • Murissokah
    captaincharismaalso as a bonus it will red ring twice as fast

    XBOX's engineering team have solved the RROD problem. They claim the new console's engineering samples had 0% RROD failures once they removed the red leds.
  • Memnarchon
    This is not accurate. The new XBOX 720 will have 16 threads not cores. It will have 4 cores with quad-threading. Source
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  • SinisterSalad
    A little late for April Fools, isn't it?
  • kawininjazx
    I doubt it will be 16 cores, unless it's 16 low clock speed low powered cores. These consoles need to launch for $399 or less in my opinion, so I don't see how you can put a $300 processor in them.
  • Shin-san
    I wonder if the end product will have 16 cores. They need to be able to get it under 75W. Also, this is a dev kit, so it may have higher specs or extra cores to handle debugging