The new Xbox could arrive in stores in 2013, according to sources who also say that the Microsoft product will be truly an impressive gadget for console enthusiasts. The next generation Xbox production could begin by the end of this year, and the new Microsoft console will arrive in stores, most likely in the fall of 2013, according to CNET. The console, called by many "Xbox 720" will have an AMD 6000 series graphics processor, compatible with DirectX 11, will be equipped with 1080p full HD resolution and 3D support.
The new Xbox processor, unveiled late last year, will provide an important advantage over the competition bracket. The new processor will be six times the power of Xbox 360 and could be up to 20% stronger than the new Nintendo console processor, Wii U. The new Xbox will use a new Microsoft patent that will allow integration of gaming and media experience, with the possibility of recording content with the console.
Microsoft has decided not to integrate the DVD and Blu-ray feature for the next generation gaming console. Xbox 720 will not have an optical drive; instead will use a SSD storage card. The next generation Xbox, so far unofficially called "Xbox 720" will completely give up on optical drives and will offer two options for getting the games: solid state card or online, writes Slash Gear. Xbox is the first successful console that doesn’t want to include an optical drive, following the example of PS Vita, which uses special memory cards produced only by Sony. This decision may significantly affect the second-hand game market given that any game bought for Xbox 360 will not be played on the new console. Another source, namely VG247 says that Microsoft’s new console will work with a permanent connection to the Internet.
The graphical power of the new Xbox will be provided by two equivalent AMD GPUs 7000, which will operate independently. Unlike a PC architecture, where GPUs are connected CrossFire or SLI, the new Xbox, they will act independently.
Microsoft has not decided yet whether the new Xbox will be quad-core or hex-core, but regardless of the number of nuclei, one will be reserved for Kinect and one for the operating system. Permanent internet connection was imposed as anti-piracy security measure.
Update: Known first as the Xbox 720 code, a couple of days ago we learned that the new Xbox console’s official name is Xbox Durango. The new Microsoft gaming console which will be launched in 2013 could have a CPU with 16 cores. Game consoles often offered on several occasions’ technology advances before PC technology. The best known example is the Atari Jaguar, which introduced a 64-bit architecture in the ’90s, and now Microsoft is planning to blow away the competition with a 16-core CPU, while the standard quad-core remains, according to ArsTechnica.
The speculation comes from developers who received the kit already sent by Microsoft for the new Xbox in order to enjoy a wide selection of games at the launch in 2013. Durango Xbox’s specifications include a CPU with 16-core IBM Power PC and Radeon HD 7000-series graphics card. Since the fourth quad-core kernel often remains unused, it is hard to understand why the new Xbox will need 16 cores. Do you think that the new Microsoft console will really use the power of 16 cores or it’s just a marketing tactic?