Xbox 720 Rumors – Six times as powerful
With a possible release of 2013, Xbox 720 is rumored to be six times as powerful as the current Xbox 360 (360 x 2 = 720). IGN and Kotaku claim to have the inside scoop on the new upcoming Xbox from Microsoft saying “Our sources have confirmed that mass production of the system’s GPU will indeed begin by the end of 2012 but will not, however, be based on AMD’s 7000 series Southern Islands GPU. Instead, the processor will be derived from the 6000 series, which was introduced last year. More specifically, it will be akin to the Radeon HD 6670, which offers support for DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output”
It is early for cement harden on inside sources as things can change, after all this is all months away. Nonetheless the Xbox 720 will bring forth a processor 600% faster than its current generation, along with Blu-Ray technology. 720 will also introduce “Kinect 2,” the new upgraded, wider-functioning version of the current Kinect motion and voice system.
Another claim is that the 720 might have restrictions in place for gamers playing used games on the console — though limited information as to how that will play out. Game publishers have frowned upon companies like Gamestop for reaping in rewards from selling, re-purchasing and reselling games again for wholesale profit. Publishers, of course, do not receive anything for these resales, and could lead to some reasoning behind this implementation within the Xbox 720.
Microsoft has not made full details on this rumor but did make a PR statement saying “As an innovator we’re always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. Beyond that we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”