Rumor: Microsoft developing two next-gen Xbox 720 consoles

By Shawn Knight
Nov 24, 2011
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  1. Looking forward to the new Xbox when it happens. Right now I jump between my 360 and PC for gaming. Though I like customizing, it seems a bit more convenient to plunk down $299/$399 for a complete game console versus paying that just for a PC video card.
    My 360 is almost 6 years old and I haven't seen a single hiccup in performance. Wish I had a PC that would last that long without upgrades...
  2. This is mostly irrelevent...!

    Anyone with a PC and Window8, with be able to instantly creat a Virtual Xbox Machine and play and & all Xbox games on any Win8 PC with virtualization.

    Even multiple Xboxes on different montiors in different rooms, if u have an 8 core, etc..!
  3. Wow people on a website called "techspot" aren't very technically inclined based on the comments I have seen here!
    You wouldn't have the "crappest graphics ever" with 512mb of RAM on a PC. Please understand how PC's work before posting nonsense.
    And asking for 8GB of RAM in a console... my god. Find me a PC game that uses 1/2 of that. Just because it's available doesn't mean they should do. Leave it to the experts to build the consoles kids.
  4. I think this article could be just a troll.
    NextGen 720??

    I've played Red Faction on PS3 in 1080
    I'd say perhaps this article is not a troll if it stated 4kx4k....i'm surprised no one caught on to this.
  5. The ram you find in that console is different than the gskill sticks you wannabe's are picking up at newegg for 30 bucks. As a matter of fact, the architecture is entirely different across the board.
  6. Your move, Sony!
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    'Big Blue' is IBM and HP is Hewlett-Packard. Wonder what kind of optical drive we're talking about, surely it would have to be Blu-Ray.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 892   +52

    Last I read microsoft only stated that xbox live was going to have full integration in windows 8. People seem to have extrapolated that this means you'll be able to play xbox 720 games on pc.
  9. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Booster Posts: 386   +96

    Battlefield 3, Starcraft 2 and even Crysis 1 can all EASILY swallow up 1.2GB RAM and I've seen all three peak just over 1.5GB RAM being used. And Battlefield 3 could have used more but they had to work with the consoles and not every PC would have been able to run it to DICE's satisfaction if they continued to bump it up more because most gaming PCs vary in specs. It's also for future-proofing. In 2005 256MB RAM was a decent amount to work with, in 2012 it's barely anything.

    Also, the more RAM they have, the more they can leave in Standby RAM once "closed" thus increasing overall system performance/loadtimes/responsiveness.

    2GB might be fine for TODAY but you have to remember MS/SONY want these things to last ~10 years.
  10. What are we gonna play on this thing, old games? We want new games M$oft!!! I dont want a X-Box 720 to play Halo & gears....! Give me new exclusives! Thank goodness for my PS3.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    Ok well i've I was to take a fairly good guess I'd say it'll have 2GB of shared RAM between the system and graphics card, similar to todays xbox but more. The proccessor will have 4-6 cores, possibly 8 depending what IBM cooks up. The Graphics card will probably not be anything special, around t 460GTX level or similar level. Overall, nothing to see here...
     
  12. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 709   +28

    I don't mind Gears of War:prologue or whatever running with twice the fancy. Coop gameplay can be much better in terms of graphical quality. Halo 4 could use the whole screen in splitscreen coop instead of gimping it with black bars down the sides!
  13. Naming 720 is a retarded idea, people hate that the current xbox 360 is only 720p, why remind people of there past folly?
  14. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Actually, the XBox 360 supports 1080p and has since the orignal console.
  15. If u own Windows 8, u own a Xbox...

    Coincidentally, for the stand-alone console, the specs will be DDR3 4GB RAM, 1GB of Vram DDR5..
  16. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Booster Posts: 386   +96

    Do you mean the 2002 Xbox when you say "original" I believe the original did support 1080i or 7201 in the dashboard or something like that with a 3rd-party connector.

    Although with the Xbox 360 there is huge difference between *supports* and *can*. Dashboard can be in 1080P, yes, although almost every game is 720P or less. With the exception of a extremely few games that support 1080P, I'm pretty sure the number of games that can run in 1080P is in the single digits.
  17. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    It was released originally with 720p and 1080i capability and then updated to support 1080p via component video (pre HDMI). I had the HD-DVD add on and a Samsung HL-S5088W 50" DLP which also supported 1080p via component. Great for gaming since image retention or burn-in isn't an issue with a DLP.

    Believe you're right about the vast majority of games being 720p, haven't done a lot of gaming on the XBox for while so am not up to date on how many 1080p titles have been added.

    Note: Was referring to the original XBox 360.
  18. why would they add loads of RAM? RAM is used for when you have multiple applications running at once. On a PC, you will have quite a few going at once, on an xbox you wont. 2GB will be easily more than enough
  19. xplayer

    xplayer TechSpot Member Posts: 26

    common guys 2GB is too much compared to current xbox360 as you know its only 512mb besides i don't think that more than 2GB is needed for gaming because very big amount of data can be rendered on it and its enough for all visible environments
  20. Quote: "We could see hard evidence of the next-gen console as early as January at CES. Rumors suggest the 720 could contain a six-core CPU, AMD graphics and 2GB of DDR3 memory."

    Wait a sec....nex gen?
    Doesn't the PS3 already have 8 cores?
    1 for the OS, 6 for gaming, plus another spare?

    So...Xbox 720 wouldn't be next-gen....it would be playing catchup!? :|
  21. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 541

    Id say 2gig ram would be a minimum. Allow the devs to put more stuff on screen.
  22. the 2 gb is probably dedicated video RAM....which is a decent amount to buffer graphics
  23. wow 8gb of ddr3 laptop for 50 bucks
    wat laptop do you have???????????


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