With 2013 in full swing, gamers of all stripes are looking forward to the next generation of gaming consoles. Microsoft is set to unveil official information about its next-generation Xbox console at June’s E3 videogame conference. Until then, gamers are practically in the dark when it comes to the latest information on these upcoming consoles. Without any concrete information from official channels, all that can be said for sure is that these consoles will most likely blow current versions of the Xbox and PlayStation 3 out of the water.
So far, there’s been a lot of talk about what the next generation Xbox console can do. However, without a concrete report from Microsoft itself or any other official evidence, most of what’s supposedly being leaked from a variety of sources should be taken as pure conjecture instead of anything that’s actually concrete. VGLeaks released possible technical information on the latest Xbox console, code-named “Durango” and dubbed “Xbox 720” by fans.
According to the rumors circulating around the Internet, Durango is packed with loads of advanced technology, some of which has already been introduced late into the current console’s run. Here’s a rundown of the rumored capabilities and functions the next Xbox will supposedly have:
- A 50GB 6x Blu-Ray player
- 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (68 GB/s)
- 32 MB of embedded SRAM (102 GB/s)
- HDMI port for 3D TVs and 4K ultra high-resolution TVs
- A standard hard drive for storing downloadable games, saves, music and videos
- A built-in Kinect sensor for motion-controlled games
- USB 3.0 ports for other accessories
- Built-in WiFi and Ethernet for online gameplay and Internet connectivity
VGLeaks also leaked some pretty interesting design specifications, suggesting that the next generation Xbox will have more than enough muscle for handling gameplay and graphics. At the heart of the next-generation gaming machine is an 8-core x64 processor, most likely an Intel unit. Each core runs at 1.6 GHz, has its own fully independent hardware thread and each CPU thread features its own 32 KB L1 instruction and data cache. Durango is also rumored to use a custom D3D11.1 class GPU running at 800 MHz. The new GPU is said to be capable of issuing 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second.
What gamers can expect is a fully immersive gaming experience that makes full use of these new technologies. The heavy-duty hardware specifications are also there for longevity’s sake, given that the current generation Xbox will be eight years old by the time Microsoft introduces the newest Xbox console. More powerful consoles loaded with the latest available technology means longer lead times between console generations.
It’s not known exactly when Durango will hit store shelves, although plenty of rumors are circulating around a Christmas 2013 launch date. Anyone using online brokers will most likely be pleasantly surprised by any positive news that comes from E3, as it’s sure to positively affect Microsoft’s share price. Whether the new Xbox console is bought with a cash back business credit card or cold hard cash, it’s easy to see gaming fans lined up in anticipation for what could be the hottest console of the next generation.