So here is what everyone is saying is up at Microsoft! There is a leak rumored to be the next big thing. There is various posts all over other sites that speculate what could be announced by the Microsoft team. There is also rumors about a new playstation 4 being released also. To put it simply, Microsofts next addition to the Xbox line, if it lives up to the rumors, could shape up to be quite a monster. New purported leaks from gaming website VGLeaks claim to have the full system overview of the alleged Xbox 720. On Monday, the website laid out a diagram demonstrating how its various components interact, revealing the following specifications.
The Xbox 720, according to the specs, might come packed with a whopping eight-core CPU clocking in at 1.6GHz. This essentially means that the device will come with some impressive multitasking capabilities, allowing players to zip through hefty gaming titles. Conversely, some reports have indicated that the Xbox 720s could pale in comparison to that of the rumored PlayStation 4. Although we may see a mega octa-core processor from Microsoft, Sony is rumored to implement an AMD A10 APU quad-core unit that pumps out more power than the Xboxs at 1.84 teraflops. Were not sure how much truth there is behind this, but VG247 reports that Microsofts offering may only clock in at 1.23 teraflops.
However, in terms of storage space, the Xbox 720 could still smoke Sonys PS4. Lining up with previous rumors about the console, the alleged system overview says that it will come with 8GB of RAM, marking twice the amount of storage space that the PS4 is expected to come with.
Players may expect to see a significant enhancement when it comes to the image quality of Microsofts gaming machine as well, considering the Xbox 720 could include an 800MHz graphics card. This is a sizeable upgrade from the current Xbox, which only boasts a graphics card of 500MHz. Unsurprisingly, the folks over at VGLeaks also say the Xbox will feature a high-end Blu-ray Disc drive as well as Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Little to no information has been officially confirmed about the next Xbox, but Microsoft has dropped some hints that it will be much more than a gaming machine. Just before E3 2012, a Microsoft executive spoke vaguely on the console writing the following:
Weve got ideas for making all the entertainment you love more personal, interactive and social across the devices you loveand on the phenomenal Windows 8 devices that are to come, Microsofts Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post titled Xbox Beyond the Box.Although Microsoft wont be shaking up the way players use video game controllers like Nintendo did with its most recent systems, the Xbox 720 could be the most ambitious yet mysterious console yet. Last year we heard about Microsofts purported plans to integrate some major augmented reality functions into the next Xbox that would project 3D images onto the players own environment. Weve also seen some eye-catching patents for wearable controllers and a massive 56-page document that supposedly revealed the companys plans for the Xbox 720.
These are mostly rumors fueled by social media sites and tech blogs. However it doesn't mean that they are not true. Most information is usually leaked well before the release of a big product mostly allows the product to gain some publicity before it is launched. Its easy to get worked up over the processing power and features that may come with any new form of technology, but Richard Ledbetter of video game website Digital Foundry reminds us that its not all about the tech specs.
The rumors are certainly plausible, but were still essentially looking at singular components in isolation and not in context of the system as a whole, Ledbetter said to Today Online. The PlayStation 3 has a graphics core that is basically an entire generation behind in that the Xbox 360, yet no one can deny that its Sonys first party games that have led the way in the visual arts.
Theres no certainty as to when these next consoles could launch, but a key player in Microsofts Xbox division recently posted a countdown to E3 2013 on his official blog. This has sparked widespread suspicion that we could see the Durango console in June, but this has yet to be confirmed.