As we head towards 2013, expect rumors and leaks surrounding the next-gen consoles to become more and more common. At this stage it appears to be the next Xbox which is receiving the most attention, with the latest leak apparently showing the development kit of the new console.
The shots shown below were originally posted on a developer forum, with the owner calling himself DaE asking for a cool $10,000 for the actual kit which he claimed to have in his possession. At first these shots were dismissed as a fake, but now website Eurogamer has spoken to several developers who have stated that the dev kit actually appears to be the real deal.
As well as trying to sell the kit, something he said was done as a joke, DaE also released some details of the make-up of the kit itself. He stated that it contained more than 8GB of RAM (dev kits usually contain roughly double the memory shipped with final retail versions of consoles) and is based on 64 bit architecture. Apparently going against what is generally predicted, he stated that the processor is made by Intel, and the graphics chip by NVIDIA.
So all in all it does seem that we could be seeing our first look at the next Xbox, although the final version that could be taking its place in our living rooms in around 12-18 months time will no doubt look very different. One thing that does seem like a definite however is that games will look very similar to DX11 optimized titles currently running on high-end PC’s right now.