NeXtbox To Be Powered By 16-Core Processor – Rumour

Another day and yet another rumour on the next Xbox.

A source has claimed that dev kits have been released to developers after a not so secret meeting in London last month.  Codenamed Durango the dev systems boast a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU, with a graphical power on par with AMD’s Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cards. The dev kits will likely be custom-built PCs rather than a system prototype and consequently will have little to no resemblance to the final product so don’t expect any leaked images any time soon.

A commentator from Xbox World was quoted as saying:

It’s a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine – too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it’ll need a lot of power”

This is just the latest rumour about the inevitable next generation of consoles. Other rumours include speculation that the next console will require an always on internet connection in order to function and theories that the next Xbox will not have any form of physical media. i.e. No disk drive.

For the time being it is all speculation as Microsoft have confirmed that they won’t be showing off a new system at E3 in June

“While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon.

Source: DigitalSpy, Kotaku

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  • racingfreak92

    I REALLY hope not. Most software is already pathetically optimized for even 4-cores. 16? Seriously?

    NVIDIA has proved that there are much bigger benefits to be had from a high-core GPU (GPGPU) then from CPUs. If Microsoft does this they are really shooting themselves in the foot because engines will have to be made to run off this architecture efficiently.

    Even if Kinect takes up 4 or 6 cores thats still a lot left for  general processing. I doubt this will ever happen.