These latest rumors about what could be in store for the Xbox 720 are both enlightening and slightly upsetting at the same time. According to new reports, the Xbox 720 has been fully detailed to some third parties and has been scheduled for a Christmas 2013 release. The new console will allegedly feature a Blu-Ray drive which is in direct contradiction to previous reports that said Microsoft’s new Xbox would shun a disc drive completely. The reports go one to say that multiple sources have confirmed that the new console will feature not one but two GPU’s leading one of the individuals to say it “It’s like two PCs taped together.”
Folks who are in the inner circle are said to still be waiting for the final specs, but believe the graphics cards will be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but not the CrossFire or SLI. Not sure why they felt the need to point those out specifically as of yet. The GPU’s that the Xbox 720 would supposedly use won’t be structured like they would be in a normal PC configuration in which the two chips alternate drawing lines of the same object. The Xbox 720′s graphics units would be able to work independently, allowing them to drawing separate items simultaneously which would make for smoother and more impressive graphics. The unit will have between 4 and 6 cores, one reserved for the Kinect and another for the OS.
In a bit of a downer, these latest reports have the Xbox 720 requiring an always-on internet connection that would be targeted at preventing piracy. The always-on internet connection thing has been tried in games in the past and has almost always failed miserably, at least in the console genre. On a positive note, it looks like the Kinect will be built into the device as a standard component so you won’t have to buy it separately.
According to most sources, Microsoft won’t announce anything related to the new console until next year so we have a while to stew on this one. So that’s what we got at this point folks, hit up the comments and let us know how you feel about what you just read.