Report: Xbox Next Will Be Six Times More Powerful Than Xbox 360, But Not More Powerful Than Your Current PC

IGN has a report told to them by good old Sources about the GPU of the forthcoming Xbox console. Here’s what they said, followed by my sadness.

Following initial reports from tech blogs Fudzilla and SemiAccurate, 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. The chip currently has a market price of upwards of $79.99.

It’s hard to figure out how to interpret that. Yes, the 6670 isn’t nearly as powerful as you would hope the next generation of console would be. Hell, I have a 6950 in my PC right now, and it’s been there for six months.

What this implies is that the increase in graphical capabilities will be only incremental from the current generation. That’s a maybe, though. The thing to remember is that the performance of the Xbox 360 probably already rivals that of a PC with a 6670 in it. Consoles, because they are dedicated gaming devices, get more gaming power out of hardware than a PC does.

But how much more can they get out of a 6670? That’s not even a top of the line card right now. IGN’s report also says Microsoft is planning a 2013 release for the new console, so you can imagine just how far behind they’ll be by the time it actually makes it into your home.

It’s hard to picture, though, CliffyB’s hopes for the next generation being realized on the back of a 6670. It’s also hard to imagine a 6670 pulling off physically based rendering. But we’ll see. Hopefully, the folks at Microsoft know what they’re doing.

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9 Comments on Report: Xbox Next Will Be Six Times More Powerful Than Xbox 360, But Not More Powerful Than Your Current PC


On January 25, 2012 at 2:24 am

could be cool…could be


On January 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

As if any ing console could be more powerful than a PC, if companies got off their lazy asses and properly coded for PC not only we would have better looking games they would run smoother than hot butter sliding in the frying pan.

They go out of their way to code specific assembly for each console yet its to complicated to code for STANDARD PC architecture.

Honestly xbox can die in a fire… oh wait.

And no the 360 does not rival a PC with a 6670, not by a long shot given its gpu is based of the ATI x1900 series I owned one of those back then and then upgraded to a 4670 which was a whole lot better performance wise so a 6670 as a next gen console gpu is actually a great step up.

Given they clearly will run a whole new cpu and most likely ddr3 based ram probably a whole gigabyte of it this time around.

But because only a minimal amount of developers actually bother to make proper use of the PC most would think these mid range cards suck ass but they don’t.

Bioshock 2 looked a whole lot better on the 4670 with a Pentium D cpu and 2gb of ram than the console counter part and can say the same thing with Arkham Asylum or Unreal Tournament 3 etc, so no way a 360 rivals a PC with a 6670 no ing way dude.

Dave T

On January 25, 2012 at 5:36 am

Oh well looks like I won’t have to upgrade my pc for another 10 years lol! at least the console ports from that machine will look a bit better!!


On January 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

it buy a pc and play eve!


On January 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

I expected this, microsoft will take a big hit on the hardware already in the long run, so to keep costs down and make a profit this is really one of the only options open to them.

Mass production of that gpu must be really cheap too, there probably making a killing on it for about 30 dollars for each one made.

Jeremy Gulley

On January 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

“Consoles, because they are dedicated gaming devices, get more gaming power out of hardware than a PC does.”

i completely disagree. That is what the lazy developer wants you to believe. A truly optimized game will take advantage of the hardware. There is a lack of effort these days from many developers.


On January 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

Funny hardware choice considering AMD had this to say a year ago.

Anyway Modern Warfare fans should be really, really, happy, and buy it right up they like poor consistency like this.


On January 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

We all know they will find some way to make the graphics killer, especially if all the games are going to be optimized for 1080p (which they are only being upscaled on the 360 right now, which looks like ).


On January 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

If Sony reads this, they should just make the PS4 a collection of cell processors running in parallel. That should pretty well keep up with any gen.