The next-gen Xbox will be more powerful than PCs, apparently, rumor has it might have a 16-core CPU.
Prepare to be blown away: the next-gen Xbox will feature a 16-core processor
Reports from Xbox World say that Microsoft began shipping devkits to select developers last month, and the specs are mind-blowing. The devkits arrived after the London conference in February this year, presumably the same conference where the Crytek developer leaked the name of the codename of the next Xbox: Durango. There were also meetings held at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco in March, with devkits going out shortly afterwards.
While the devkits are being reported as not accurate representations of final looks, the specs are. Releasing in 2013, the console will apparently have a 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU, a GPU that compares to AMD’s Radeon HD 7000 series graphics card, and Blu-Ray support.
Xbox World say that PCs aren’t using 16 cores at the moment, but Xbox games could be using all of them from Day One. A reason cited for this huge amount of power, which seems excessive at first, is because Kinect could be using up to four cores when tracking multiple people.
And while this may seem very powerful, Xbox World’s source says the PS4 will be more powerful than the Durango Xbox. They say that developers will unveil their games at E3 this year whether console manufacturers are ready or not, adding that Microsoft has got devkits into developers hands first once again.
It had been reported that Sony were aiming to get their next-gen console out before Microsoft next year, with sources saying to pay attention to the schedule. Sony were slow to release last year, and didn’t help their cause due to an expensive launch price. It would be surprising if the company made the same mistakes this time around.
Do I think Microsoft will launch with a 16-core processor? No, not at all. For one, it would be hugely expensive, and while I expect console prices to rise next generation I don’t expect them to up hugely. Second, would Microsoft really be able to afford mass production of consoles with 16 cores and turn a profit? While some companies may take an initial loss – Nintendo did with Nintendo 3DS – that isn’t a long-term plan.