Rumored Next-Generation Xbox Specs Float About

Rumored technical specifications of Microsoft's unannounced successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox 720, or Infinity, (or whatever it will be called) has been leaked.

According to the leak, the Xbox 720 will sport an 8-core 1.6GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor and a 50 GB 6x Blu-ray disc drive.

During the opening stages of January, Microsoft teased a major reveal for its 2013 E3 press conference, which is widely believed to be the Xbox 720. The console itself is expected to be priced between $350 to $400.

The list of purported Xbox 720 specifications are as follows. Keep in mind that these are just from rumors, and we won't know until the very day it is announced. But until then, it'll be fun to compare them against your favorite gaming PC configuration.

CPU:x64 Architecture8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cacheeach module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cacheeach core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resourceseach hardware thread can issue two instructions per clockGPU:custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threadseach thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycleat peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per secondHigh-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always presentStorage and memory:8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.Hard drive is always present50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc driveNetworking:Gigabit Ethernet Wi-FiWi-Fi DirectHardware accelerators:Move enginesImage, video, and audio codecsKinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardwareCryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing

  • acktionhank
    Sounds a lot better than the other rumours that have been spreading around lately.
  • ttcboy
    If the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.
  • esrever
    2x 4 core modules.
  • Ragnar-Kon
    8 Cores? I sense multithreaded games.... maybe.
  • A Bad Day
    ttcboyIf the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.
    And maybe Intel would start to move the hexa-core processors into the standard i7s (instead of keeping them at the very high-end i7 range), and move the octo-core processors into the very high-end i7 range.

    Plus, AMD should be happy. Finally their Piledriver and the future Steamroller has some chance given their strengths in heavily threaded tasks.
  • InvalidError
    Twice as many cores per module compared to AMD's previous designs, sounds a little odd... and only 1.6GHz too if the rumor/leak turns out to be accurate.

    If that is true, game developers will have to step up their multi-threaded programming by several notches.
  • bluestar2k11
    How would 1.6Ghz at 8 cores be great? Doesn't HT put more stress per core then a single threaded core? How would such a low clock speed be beneficial for HT? It sounds to me like it would choke and crash.
  • And my GTX 690 still trumps this tech thats not even out yet lol. I hate the thought of what I will have upgraded to once it does come out next year lol.
  • Oh and good hustle on adding the blu ray drive their Microsoft....
  • dimar
    why not use BDXL for future 4k/8k cinematics/movies compatibility and much more expanded storage?