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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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 

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

http://www.nowgamer.com/news/1876429/xbox_720_alwayson_practically_confirmed.html

take a look at that i don't know if this is true or not...but if it is i don't think microsoft is looking up to Diablo 3 developers...They are looking up to people like Sergay Titove developers of WARZ who are completely disgraces of the gaming industry!saying stuff like DEAL WITH IT!like are you serious?Then we ain't going to buy it so you Deal with it too PAL!

yifes
yifes

@UseTheForceLuke 

x86 refers to the instruction set or basically the type of processor. Most modern day desktop and laptop computers use x86 processors by Intel or AMD.

64 means 64-bit memory addresses, which allows for the CPU to use more than 32-bit or 4 gigs of ram. In short, the numbers mean different things, and it's a x86-64 CPU.

So what this means is that both PS4 and XBOX will use similar type of CPU as desktop/laptop computers, and not some exotic custom build CPU like the PS3's cell processor, which should make games a LOT easier to program across platforms.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@emerin76 Remember Sony? They ceased support for the PS2 while PS2 was selling more units than PS3, not to mention canning backward compatibility due to costs. This was an alleged move to get consumers refocused on next-gen due to profound lose of sales of PS3. If Unit sales on 720 becomes an issue, I wouldn't hold your breath on trusting in MS for that either coupled with impractical network dueling.

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Silviiwilvii considering he's deleted several of my comments pointing out the error of microsoft's ways, I wouldn't be surprised.  There's probably a red 'hotline' phone sitting in Sommerville with a big 'Ballmer Calling' light on it that flashes anytime someone has the 'arrogance' to complain about Microsoft's ill-fated approach to the consumer market.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@X_Box_Killer you eliminate the ability to play Blu-ray movies. Plus 25-50GB game cards would be very expensive compared to discs.

surferosh
surferosh

@X_Box_Killer   come on man.. dont give them ideas for proprietary storages.. Sony already does that with the PSP and Vita... and with some of their cameras too.. last we need is proprietary storage media cards.. 

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@mercenary_cloud I had an Xbox from 2007 onward (now sold, thank God) and not once did I ever enjoy Halo...or Gears of War for that matter.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Xenuri It's always a good idea, for the freedom and the mods of course.  After you start using/playing mods in any game that supports them it's really really hard to go back to a console.

sev2010
sev2010

@CaptainBerserk lol c'mon someone slap him in the face, he's high, bring him back here this guy is not here

neroist
neroist

@TheMisterCheif Cool let me try one now:

I WILL BUY AND SUPPORT A ALWAYS ONLINE CONSOLE/ I LIKE TO SUPPORT COMPANIES THAT ARE TRYING TO GIVE ME THE SHAFT/ I WILL BLINDY PUT UP WITH DRM/ TAKE MY MONEY I AM A COMPLETE MORON/ I WANT TO MAKE FUN OF PEOPLE VOICING OUT AGAINST IT

UseTheForceLuke
UseTheForceLuke

@yifes yeah i understand all that, thats why im confused, the ps4 has 8GB of RAM but only has an x86 processor, so cant it only untilize half of that ram?

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

@Hvac0120 Do people still buy blu-rays? Why not just watch the blu-ray movies on an $88 unit from Wally World? I just download everything so I'm out of the loop a bit on what's hot and what's not. xD

As for the cost, I'm sure it would come down Especially if they order 1 million copies of say Halo 6 to be done for the initial release of it.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@arc_salvo @Xenuri I was playing Wing Commander 4 last night (GOG version with latest OS support and DVD quality cutscenes) in anticipation of Star Citizen . Such a shame that game industry is all about political BS instead of quality now . WC4 still kicks Fuckin ass .

lance_7
lance_7

@neroist@TheMisterCheifHere is one for you:

I think gaming is a socialist experiment/ I haven’t realized that GameSpot community doesn’t represent the gaming majority/ I called motion controlled gaming crap and watched Wii out sell PS3 and 360 combined/ I called Kinect garbage and watched it sell millions/ I think anyone who doesn’t agree with me is a moron/ I’m always right and don’t understand why everyone else doesn’t realize/ If you don’t realize I’m right than I will try and find an entertaining way to call you an idiot

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

@loopy_101 If blu-ray is that important to you, just play them on a dedicated player. They've come down in price, and if one craps out on you, then you can simply buy another, and presumably better model. 


loopy_101
loopy_101

@X_Box_Killer @Hvac0120 I have over three hundred Blu-rays and counting: they offer picture quality and seamless entertainment that still isn't possible via online streaming options like Netflix. So please, do continue.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@UziKill @X_Box_Killer @Hvac0120 I'm with you on the 3D. Though it ticks me off that you can't buy just the 3D disc for movies for which you already have the 2D Blu-ray. 3D is the big movie night thing in our house lately.

UziKill
UziKill

@X_Box_Killer @Hvac0120 I also buy alot of Blu-rays, especially 3D Blu-rays whenever possible. I like the quality of the HD you get out of them, and I enjoy going through my Library of disk. Also I can lend them to friends and family :)

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@X_Box_Killer @Hvac0120 yes I buy Blu-ray movies frequently. DVDs are even still popular. There will be groups of potential NextBox owners who will be using the console as their first Blu-ray device. People don't want multiple boxes on the entertainment stand either.

It would take an entire console generation to get the prices down to an affordable price.