Xbox 720 Details Coming in Penultimate XBW Magazine

The penultimate issue of Xbox World will include an 8-page feature containing “everything we know” about Microsoft’s next-gen console. The magazine has been a reliable source of Xbox leaks, including Microsoft’s plans for augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect.

Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG:

“Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

According to the magazine, the Xbox 720 — which it speculates is likely to be called simply “Xbox” — will introduce Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output and input, an “innovative controller” and, eventually, AR glasses.

The current ‘Durango’ dev kits house a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores,” and 8GB of RAM, XBW reports.

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6 Comments on Xbox 720 Details Coming in Penultimate XBW Magazine

Matt

On November 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

“innovative controller” I have a bad feeling about that, I hope they stick with ones like the xbox 360. If they come up with something totally wierd, I might be switching back to sony next gen.

bob

On November 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

you know until microsoft make any offical statements this is just another bull thing

Heru

On November 20, 2012 at 2:10 am

Specs sound similar to a gaming PC I built… 3 years ago.

Ebalosus

On November 20, 2012 at 3:01 am

What Heru said, except I upgraded my components to those specs…for a total cost of about ~$180US. I’m seriously hoping that this console isn’t as expensive to purchase here in NZ as the last batch of consoles (I payed around US$800 for the first-generation Xbox 360 Elite)

lol

On November 20, 2012 at 3:50 am

“Better graphics” will probably be the extent of the confirmed information.

Ebalosus

On November 21, 2012 at 3:26 am

lol has a good point: “better graphics” than what? The 360? Obviously, that’s a given point. It annoys me when they use vague weasel words like that when promoting a product, because when they say that, they aren’t actually saying anything at all.

Also, I’ve noticed this:

The current ‘Durango’ dev kits house a CPU with “four **hardware** cores, each divided into four **logical** cores,” and 8GB of RAM, XBW reports. (emphasis mine)

Having the same number of logical cores as hardware cores is a root assumption regarding processors, as you’d expect the system to recognise and assign on a 1-1 ratio the number of physical cores to the number of cores that it can access. Then only time it’s different is either due to legacy software running on a modern setup (4 physical seen as one logical, or 4 separate processors), or something like intel’s hyperthreading.

Regardless, I think this is either a gaffe on the reporters at XBW, misinformation from the developers, or them meaning “processors” when they said “cores”