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.