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Details Emerge On Xbox 360 Successor

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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!

8 Comments

I have to say that Microsoft has emerged from the current-gen console wars as the victor, though that was the last possible thing I would have suspected going into the whole thing. My annoyance at ever having to buy new hardware honestly can't compare with how much more awesome an IMPROVED 360 could be.

Only gripe I see here is requiring a constant internet connection. I get it, pirates and yarr. At the same time, sometimes my internet connection craps out. I don't like feeling like daddy needs to keep an eye on me to make sure I'm not stealing games. I already have this problem with Civilization V. I bought it in the damn box at a store, but it still insists on running through Steam, and if my internet (or just Steam) is down, no Civ for me tonight. Not cool.

I mean hell, I already have to keep the disc in the drive even after installing the whole damn thing to my hard drive. Isn't that good enough?

Gamescook said:

Backwards compatibility, plain and simple. Upgrading becomes a much more attractive affair if I'm not leaving anything behind in the move, especially if I can sell the old to help pay for the new. Just takes the sting out of it, you know?

Roeark said:

If an "Always-On" internet connection is required for primary gaming; I don't think I'll be spending my cash on it. What the hell will I do if my internet goes down? Go outside? lol NOPE! All joking aside, I'd rather not be forced to maintain an internet connection to make use out of the console. If they don't want people to share things they should rethink what gaming is all about.

raindog469 said:

Well, always-on Internet would mean it's a no sale for me, as things are today. Most of the time I've spent playing the 360 has been on vacation or weekend trips in various hotel rooms, and short of them having a web browser to allow me to type in the hotel's passcode, agree to their terms of use, etc., it'll be dead in the water.

But I imagine most 360 users are fans of online multiplayer, and for them, that'll be a non-issue. The question is how many are more like me, or, like several associates of mine, live in rural areas with satellite Internet access allowing them access to Youtube (after a 20-to-30-second delay) but not XBL.

Maybe they'll ship it with a couple cell modems in it.

Lucas said:

I clicked over to that article in VG247, which also had a link to an article about the PS4, rumored to be released at about the same time (Holidays 2013).
It's very exciting, but I'm annoyed that both machines are probably going to have restrictions on running used copies of games. Otherwise, yay!

SuperSwede said:

Yes... I noticed that as well, though i was hesitant to mention it, since (with few exceptions) i try to be on a perpetual jihad against "rumor" reporting.

Still, from what I've read, it looks like Sony wants to get the jump on Microsoft this time. The lousy thing (and again, this is just rumor) is that it look like the PS4 might not have PS3 backwards compatibility.

No word on whether the new Xbox will have it or not, but i do agree with the aversion to the "always on" thing. I'm guessing that hackers will inevitably find some exploit that will allow the system to run in offline mode (they are nothing if not clever), and while one might argue that even with that, it would result in a net decrease in piracy, it suck if your internet goes down... Especially since when that happens to me, i like to catch up on some of the games I've been meaning to play.

Michael said:

I'm really getting tired of this internet stuff. My internet sucks. It goes out every five minutes. It can barely handle gaygamer. What am I supposed to do? I already had to cancel my preorder of diablo 3 because I found out it needed constant internet connection. I really don't think this is right. I've never stolen a game before. So why do I feel like I'm being punished for not living in a bigger city?

If it doesn't have backwards compatibility, I'll boycott it without hesitation. I stopped buying nintendo because they kept forcing me to upgrade and leave behind all my old games I loved and paid so much for. Among many other reasons. There are enough good games out there already made. I foresee one day I'll have to tell the game makers off and only play my classics. As much as it will sadden me.

I still haven't forgiven xbox for the kinect. Forcing it down everyone's throats. They are trying to make it mandatory, well guess what. My house is too small for it. What am I supposed to do, play it outside, maybe buy a bigger house? Nope, all the games I would have loved to play, I just can't. Way to go xbox.

The Admiral said:

Why do console makers & game developers hate me? I buy everything new. I give them all the money they want BUT I get 5GB a month from ATT&T, and that's through a 4G mobile hotspot. Satellite is my only other option, and I'm not paying for it. I CAN'T PUT MY CONSOLES ON THE FRAKKING INTERNET, PEOPLE.

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