Next Xbox graphics to be on par with Cameron's Avatar?

AMD director reportedly tells OXM that Microsoft's next system will feature beefy GPU tech, hyper-specialized AI and physics.

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Source: Content aggregation site Examiner.com, relaying an interview with AMD director of ISV relationships Neal Robinson that can be found in the August issue of Official Xbox Magazine.

What we heard: Nintendo fired the opening shots in the next-generation console war by announcing the Wii U at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, and eyes now look to Microsoft and Sony to see how the two competitors will respond. Industry chatter has been particularly active on Microsoft's next Xbox, though rumors have thus far indicated only that the device will be announced during E3 2012 next June.

AMD thinks James Cameron's Avatar is entirely doable on the next Xbox.
AMD thinks James Cameron's Avatar is entirely doable on the next Xbox.

June, of course, is a long way off, but gamers curious about details on the next Xbox may have a bit of gristle to chew on today. Over the weekend, Examiner.com relayed a recent interview in OXM with AMD's Neal Robinson, who said that the next Xbox will be capable of rendering graphics on par with James Cameron's 3D visual opus, Avatar. Robinson reportedly would not say one way or another whether AMD is at work on the next Xbox.

However, he did reportedly go on to note that the next Xbox will boast a substantial improvement to artificial intelligence and physics capabilities. The AMD director said that, for instance, individual pedestrians in games like Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row could have unique reactions to real-time situations. That is to say, when players go on a murderous shooting rampage, pedestrians will apparently scatter in a realistic manner.

The official story: "Neal was just talking with the reporter about the future of console gaming in general," an AMD representative told GameSpot. "Any questions about next-gen Xbox should be directed to Microsoft." Microsoft had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus: Bogus for now, if for no other reason than the telephone-call-like sourcing of Examiner to OXM to Robinson to, presumably, Microsoft. However, it's worth noting that AMD devised the Xbox 360's graphics chip for Microsoft, and the PlayStation 2's visual processor before that. Therefore, it's entirely within the realm of possibility that AMD will reprise its role as GPU maker for the next Xbox, and therefore, Robinson would be briefed on how that work is coming along.

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