After lots of reports, rumors, and speculation, a new leak has apparently confirmed practically everything there is to know about the next-generation Xbox console (aka the Xbox 720 or the Durango), confirming that it's powered by a CPU with 8 cores, has a custom 800 MHz graphics processor, is fitted with 8GB of RAM, and has a Blu-ray drive.
Next-generation consoles are expected to be announced by both Sony and Microsoft this year, probably at the E3 2013 conference in June, and both companies, while not commenting officially, have begun teasing big reveals.
Most of the components match previous rumors, including a CPU with 8 cores made by AMD that's running at 1.6 GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 32MB of much faster ESRAM, a GPU at 800 MHz, and even a Blu-ray drive that's capable of reading dual-layer discs.
What's more interesting, however, is that the component image, posted above, features input from a Kinect, meaning that the console won't have a built-in sensor, as previously reported. There's also input via an HDMI 1.4a port, which hints that the console could be connected to a set-top box and act as a recorder for TV content.
Check out the full hardware specs of the so-called Xbox 720 (Durango) below, via VGleaks.
- x64 Architecture
- 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)
- each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache
- each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache
- each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources
- each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock
- custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor
- 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads
- each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle
- at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second
High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present
Storage and Memory:
- 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)
- 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)
- from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.
- Hard drive is always present
- 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct
- Move engines
- Image, video, and audio codecs
- Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
- Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing
As of yet, no other details are known, so expect to hear plenty of other reports in the near future, as we get closer to Microsoft's possible reveal of the next-gen Xbox at E3 2013.