Console season is fast approaching, and with it, an abundance of questions about the fabled "Xbox 720." Will it offer a graphical jump of the caliber we've been hoping for? Is the Kinect here to stay? Shall all humanity coalesce into a vast, hive mind, forever concerning itself only with the outcome of the latest Halo deathmatch?
Read on after the jump!
Previously, the answers have been shrouded in the dread specter of "rumor." Now VG247 has obtained a few delicious, delicious morsels of information about what we should expect from the newest incarnation of the Xbox.
Word on the street had been that the new Xbox would feature a hex-core processor, as well as dual GPUs. On the processor front, VG247 reports that "there will be 'four or six' cores to the Xbox 720 CPU, one of which will be reserved for Kinect and one for the OS," with the next-gen Kinect being a standard feature. While that's all well and good, the GPU is where things get quite fun. Citing multiple sources, VG247 states:
We're waiting for final confirmation of specs, but the graphics cards are thought to be equivalent to AMD's 7000 series GPUs, but "not CrossFire or SLI". The GPUs aren't structured as they are in a normal dual PC set-up, in which the two chips take it in turns to draw lines of the same object: Xbox 720′s graphics units will be able to work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously.
As always, console manufactures look for new ways to fend off e-swashbucklers, rogues, rapscallions, or any who dare plunder the S.S. Bottom Line. Thus, to combat piracy, the new Xbox is said to require "always-on" internet connectivity. While I understand the reasoning, it does conflict with the "Leave me the f**k alone, I'm playing video games - no, I don't want to manually select "invisible" every time I power on my console" policy I have when it comes to my friends list.
The 360 fared quite well with a DVD player, and despite Blu-Ray being touted as the future of disc-based media, it's inclusion in the PS3 didn't become the system-selling feature Sony had hoped it to be - at least not for gaming. Still, With more detailed games come larger file sizes, and as such, the console is reported to include a Blu-Ray drive.
While there has been no news of when Microsoft will officially announce the new console, it is expected to launch around Christmas 2013.
So what do you think, gamers? Is there anything in particular you're hoping for with the new Xbox? Sound off in the comments section below!