Xbox 720 powered by AMD x86 chip - Report

Sources say architecture for Microsoft's next-gen platform will mirror PS4; new format means Xbox 360 discs won't be compatible.

According to sources speaking to Bloomberg, Microsoft's still-unannounced Xbox 720 will use an AMD x86 processor. AMD is also providing chips for Sony's PlayStation 4.

A shift to the x86 format means Xbox 360 discs won't be supported and backwards compatibility would be possible only through software emulation.

The AMD processor in the Xbox 720 reportedly combines "Jaguar" central processing units with graphics chips, according to one of the sources, who wished not to be named because Microsoft's plans have not yet been made public.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time."

Microsoft has not announced its future platform, though the company is reportedly preparing to do just that during an event on May 21. According to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, the Xbox 720 will sell for $500 or $300 with a subscription.

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1210 comments
HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

500$ for console+a full time internet connection (let's say 150$ for every 2 months for me atleast)so to start it i would need 650$ aside from games cost.think about it you would need to recharge your internet connection from your ISP constantly so this would cost you a lot and some ISPs charge for internet traffic separately.just buy a PS4 or better yet Save some money and buy a PC.intel's next generation BGA CPU's are on the way so for sure the LGA will get discounts same as Nvidia 600 series cuz the 700 series is on it's way!

UseTheForceLuke
UseTheForceLuke

am i right in thinking that an x64 system would be better? can someone explain to me why they would use an x86? im not too savvy on the info

emerin76
emerin76

Xbox alright has a huge marketplace in Xbox live.  I'm sure they wont just throw that away.  IF it's true, then older games will be played through an emulator.

Some of you guys/gals should actually wait to the details are formally announced before making decisions about buying one or not.

innocent69
innocent69

I will sleep with the next xbox and make love to it

ferretshob
ferretshob

Make it backwards compatible you fools.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Definately looks like I won't be "upgrading" to a next gen console for 2-3 years.

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

n most likely XBL/PSN wont be the same accounts as they are now. just like Xbl for xbox 1 didnt work for the new xbox 360 account.  and the same went for ps2 psn accounts to ps3 psn accounts totally new sign up accounts so that new sub that comes with the next xbox would be useful

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

lol we act as if b/c we play off line we are more safer from hackers. when that would be true in the old days of no online at all. but n these's new days if you have an account of any kind online psn/xboxlive/hotmail/yahoo/ign it can be hacked even if you don't ever sign in to you'er account so the ppl say by having next xbox always online ppl would be more at risk that's simple not true they would be no more at risk then they are now.xbl IS ALWAYS ONLINE NOW


Silviiwilvii
Silviiwilvii

I wonder if Eddie has the paragraph with Microsoft's response saved on his clipboard and just pastes it into every 720 article.

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

So basically on par with the PS4 then...guess where I'm headed??   Microsoft's attitude towards its customers has changed so dramatically for the poor over the last few years since...well since a certain CEO left strangely...(coincidence???)   At any rate, I have no need to be part of the xSheep crowd on the next gen.  One round in the spin cycle was enough and I had two RRODs to show for it.

bfa1509
bfa1509

They could put a monkey at a switch-board inside for all I care.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

So no backwards compatibility, why even bother having discs then?  Just put the games on some sort of a flash based type card. It would mean no moving parts, which means less things that can go wrong, no overheats no RRoD, and a longer lasting console. M$ would be foolish NOT to have the game media done this way. 

But what do I care, I'm going to build a new PC that can play PS2, Gamecube/Wii and everything prior, and then play those games with a 360 controller. Feelsgoodman.jpg


mercenary_cloud
mercenary_cloud

Don't you mean Halo was on par with anything Sony does cause from what I see people are already sick of it and just because one game makes a whole difference doesn't mean that it's just as good as all of the PS exclusives.

surferosh
surferosh

right.. someone was hollering a couple of days ago that PS4 fans will lose out as the NextBox will be backwards compatible.. i guess this puts paid to any optimism... 

ThePsiho
ThePsiho

SONY is the no1 hi end electronics manufacturer on the planet.They invented 1st CD,before we listen to tapes.Microsoft is huge company but specialized for OS.They can compete agains Japanese in this category.I use windows 7 curently and if SONY makes in future a OS (i doubt) it wont be better than windows.its theyr teritory.For example Franch,spanisch make good cars but German car is bursting with quality so dear friend spend your money weisly.......Buy SONY

Xenuri
Xenuri

Now is the time to consider investing in a PC!!

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

No discs?! lol why woul i buy a console to play digital only?! If i want to buy digital i will do it on Steam, plus, i'm a collector, without phisical copies half the fun is gone...Xbox is dead for me.

alrepairs
alrepairs

Sony: "It only does OFFLINE"


Microsoft: "It only does ONLINE"

vought
vought

CAN YOU HEAR THE SUCK?

TheMisterCheif
TheMisterCheif

I CLICK ON THIS WEBPAGE JUST BECAUSE IT SAID XBOX, JUST TO IN INSULT/ COMMENT ABOUT NOTHING RELEVANT TO THE ARTICLE/ COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW I AM ENTITLED TO SHIT/ COMPLAIN SOME MORE/ TELL PEOPLE IM GOING TO BUY A PS4/ TELL PEOPLE THE VIDEO CARD I HAVE 

SilverSharp
SilverSharp

I'm sorry, but the always online is just dumb. I always have internet at home, but when I go to my cabin for the week and it rains, I like to sit back and play some games...guess you cant do that anymore with the crapbox.

Mariner32
Mariner32

Well, if neither new console will play the discs of their predecessors, then I suppose this next generation will give me the opportunity I was kind of waiting for to transition over the Playstation.

Hungryarmadillo
Hungryarmadillo

lol By may 21 its gonna be too late, its getting to the point the damage is gonna be so great no matter how awesome it ends up being they are losing more and more customers by the day, all this is going viral almost and they sit and do nothing. Online Always, no backwards compatibility? Are they distancing them selves from themselves? They don't want anything to do with the 360 legacy? I used to be a Sony Fan boy but abandoned them for Xbox and 360.. I'm sorry Sony can you forgive me? I'm coming back home..

Riddick123
Riddick123

If all these leaks are true, it's as if Microsoft is saying don't buy this if you enjoyed the original and 360.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

I can't make a comment at this time since it's not my practice to advance any carefully placed leaks and denials from large corporations desperately trying to generation interest in their product through their pretentious dis-interest in commenting.

G-Man4ever
G-Man4ever

nVidia got out of the console industry because it isn't challenging. i think it's best, for both them, AMD and the console fans since AMD = low price (or lower than nVidia solutions anyway)

overlord_hh
overlord_hh

ps3 and xbox both r using AMD....Nvidea is lost out

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

This is great news for AMD. The upgrades I am choosing for my PC are all AMD-based due to performance for the cost.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Just wait for the official announcment people before you get all upset.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I just think PS are more prepared and very confident in the PS4 why they released an announcement much earlier than MS because I think they wanted to put pressure on MS and nobody push's back an announcement unless they are not fully prepared. There is no dout MS will pull something out of the bag to try and influence people to the 720 but I am totaly won over by the PS4 (PS3 player anyway) and dout MS could possibly sway me to there system.

Patsy666
Patsy666

I really dont understand all the complaining about the backwards compatability or the aways online... I am always online when I play on both the PS3 and the 360, that being said I am going to buy both as I enjoy both. If you are to paranoid dont but it.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

Microsoft is basically saying in all the recent up-roaring news that they have plenty of money and don't require anymore, their wine glass needs to run dry as well as the bottle.

pmamba45
pmamba45

If Always-on is requiring more bandwidth with ones capacity, to what degree will it clog up download speed with conjoined download content on pc & PS4  before your network breaks? it's optionally ideal to be able to streamline control of use by turning it off if you need to.

J-007
J-007

Sticking with Sony still...

lance_7
lance_7

I won’t be buying a next gen console to play current gen games.  I thought we got past this debate almost a decade ago when they were getting ready to release PS3 and 360.  PS3 came out with a more expensive machine trying to do back compat and it didn’t pay off, and they later ditched that model and released a cheaper version without it.  I think Sony and Microsoft learned from that mistake.  I have a receiver; backward compatibility id a button press away.

C0v3rtUnis0l
C0v3rtUnis0l

Enough with all these lame ass rumours, bring out the announcement already!

emperiox
emperiox

Lol, and Microsuck just keeps shooting themselves in the foot :P

mr_azim
mr_azim

No backwards compatibility isn't a big surprise.... Microsoft lost the media war by choosing HD DVD.  Now they have to move to a new format.

BlackRomero
BlackRomero

What would be really surprising, and a really smart move for Microsoft, is to run windows 8 on its next console, thus making it compatible with all PC games ever made and future releases. This would be a very strong move on behalf of Ms and it would be the smart move to make considering the future steam box. The new play station will crush and crumble, and the new xbox will face off with steam box on the huge PC games market. But then again this is Microsoft, I don't expect them to do the smart thing...

Triton
Triton

Who are these "sources" is what I would like to know. Still just lots of rumors which I guess makes great reporting these days.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Backwards compatability will be needed at some point. While the 360 hardware has improved it isn't built to last the ages. Many systems haven't even lasted the gen and when the Nextbox releases the 360s will stop production soon enough. The hardware of the current gen simply won't hold up like the old SNES or N64 may last. I take very good care of my hardware and was playing Majora's Mask two days ago on my N64 though I have had a 360 scrape by with a RROD I was able to fix but how long it holds I don't know.

The next gen won't be a big leap visually so things like HD remakes won't be made from current gen games to preserve them. Our hope is for a future gen to support older software or for emulation through PC to get up to par for this gen to not get forgotten many years down the road.

Many of the original systems and their games are immortalized through PC emulation and long lasting hardware, we can only hope our history lives on.

ioshilee
ioshilee

Similar hardware means that developing games for both platforms will be easier now. I think that we won't see several months delay between Xbox and PS releases anymore :) 

midway_nights
midway_nights

Back in 2006 i was interested in xbox360 news and actually purchased one , a transition from PS2 which after 4 years i regretted and decided to make a move to Sony PS3 and i am since happy with my PS3 because the best games are on PS3.

except Halo, alan wake and Gears of War ( even these three games are not as fun as sony's offerings) there isn't anything else to appreciate on xbox360 and pretty much all other games from third parties are available on both platforms.

sold my 360 for 100$. not buying 720 this generation.

turnerdoc
turnerdoc

i dont care about backwards as i dont plan on getting rid of my 360 and i will buy the next xbox ive always been happy with my box and the controller is the best

Munstable
Munstable

While I have no problem with the lack of backwards compatibility for new consoles, it definitely means a big delay for me in getting them since there are still a shitload of games I own that I have yet to play on current gen.

Is it me or do games come out too quickly or time just flies by in a flash?

rhenom
rhenom

The obvious conclusion to draw from this article is that these consoles are going to be similar to the point of redundancy. Microsoft and Sony might as well merge their console development together if they are going to be essentially the same thing anyway.