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Xbox 720 Is Super Powerful, Contains 16-Core CPU

Waxed 92 May 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM in News
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With E3 2012 on the horizon, it should come as no surprise that the Xbox 720 and the PlayStation 4 are at the forefront of gamers’ minds. It turns out that next-gen consoles may be more powerful than originally thought, as the Xbox 720 is alleged to contain hardware similar to that of a modern-day PC.

While the Xbox 720 has yet to be formally announced, recent rumors suggest developers already have access to dev kits for Microsoft’s latest console. These dev kits were shipped just recently, after the Durango events held in London and at GDC.

Xbox World Magazine’s sources say the Xbox 720 will contain an 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU, which for a game console is ridiculous. The Xbox 360 already delivers some stunning visuals with it’s 3-core CPU — it’s almost impossible to imagine what games on a system with a 16-core CPU would look like. AMD launched the first 16-core CPU last year via their Bulldozer line-up, though unfortunately there are no games (yet) that take advantage of the processing power.

As for the GPU, prospective Xbox 720 owners can look forward to a graphics card similar to AMD’s Radeon HD 7000-series. It has been rumored for some time that the Xbox 720 would be using an AMD 7000 series card, so this should really come as no surprise. Unfortunately, there has been no mention of the amount of RAM in the console, but Battlefield 3 developer DICE wants to see at least 4GB of RAM in the new consoles, so let’s hope Microsoft is listening.

The next Xbox sounds like it’s going to be a monster, but without talented first-party development studios, that power may never be fully tapped. First-party studios only need to focus on developing for one console, allowing them to take full advantage of the system — just look at how much nicer PS3 exclusives look compared to multi-platform titles. While the next Forza and Fable will definitely look gorgeous, it could do wonders for the system if Microsoft had more studios to push the new hardware to its limits.

What do you think of the rumored Xbox 720 hardware specs?
If true, this will mean the end of Nintendo as we know it.

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L8: Grand Teacher
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That depends on the price of the wii u and the 720.. if the rumor of $300 for wii u is true and the 720 starts around $600.. the wii u could get buyers waiting for the 720 to come down in price.. plus teh wii u will be 1 or 2 yrs old so it ay be selling under $250 by the time the 720 comes to market... and be on 2nd generation games.

I want the 720 but depending on price I may wait 9 or 10 months before I think about buying it.

That said.. how cool would it be if MS bought Nintendo and had Nintendo exsclusive games on XBOX.
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Wii u is already dead without any outside help. Did you see the controller?


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At its E3 reveal, it was implied that only one Wii U controller could be used at a time on a console. Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata later clarified that connecting multiple controllers was technically possible, but that it was not the company's primary concern due to the controller's price barrier.
The idiotic thing has a screen and probably the least ergonomic design ever seen, and no 2 player with the standard controller. So you can use a Wii U flat tablet with tiny sticks on it, or a 3DS, or Wii controllers.

Good luck getting anybody to bother making any games for that mess of varied input problems.

Who is even going to look from the screen, to the controller, and back to the screen?
*Maybe* for a two player game to select secret options you don't want the other person to see in a turn based game, but they wont make any 2 player games for that controller anyway. *boggle*
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Quote from PORSCHE View Post :
That depends on the price of the wii u and the 720.. if the rumor of $300 for wii u is true and the 720 starts around $600.. the wii u could get buyers waiting for the 720 to come down in price.. plus teh wii u will be 1 or 2 yrs old so it ay be selling under $250 by the time the 720 comes to market... and be on 2nd generation games.

I want the 720 but depending on price I may wait 9 or 10 months before I think about buying it.

That said.. how cool would it be if MS bought Nintendo and had Nintendo exsclusive games on XBOX.
People who cant afford the 720 will just buy the 360 if it is backwards compatible with the 720 because of the much larger library. It will more then likely be backwards compatiable because they Microsoft is still going with the IBM powerpc and AMD graphics. The only thing the Wii U has going for it is the controller but being that one controller will cost 100 dollars and limit the system to only 1 player, it's beginning to sound more like the system's downfall.
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L8: Grand Teacher
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People who cant afford the 720 will just buy the 360 if it is backwards compatible with the 720 because of the much larger library. It will more then likely be backwards compatiable because they Microsoft is still going with the IBM powerpc and AMD graphics. The only thing the Wii U has going for it is the controller but being that one controller will cost 100 dollars and limit the system to only 1 player, it's beginning to sound more like the system's downfall.
Most that want to play games have a 360. I think we need to wait and see how games use the new controller.

Is the screen like a cell phone and can detect finger touch? I know i read it can detect tilt so will be good for racing... wait.. it is the perfect controler for driving the mach 5.. turn the controler.. need saws to come out the front bumper.. just touch the correct button on the controlers view screen.
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L7: Teacher
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Quote from PORSCHE View Post :
Most that want to play games have a 360. I think we need to wait and see how games use the new controller.

Is the screen like a cell phone and can detect finger touch? I know i read it can detect tilt so will be good for racing... wait.. it is the perfect controler for driving the mach 5.. turn the controler.. need saws to come out the front bumper.. just touch the correct button on the controlers view screen.
If most people who want to play games own a 360 then what is the point of owning a Wii? Doesn't seem like you make a good argument for Nintendo in that regard and the controller reminds me of an Ipad. One of the main features of the Wii is that it is a social party system. Limiting it to 1 controller is a step backwards. I really think Nintendo is lost with no clear direction on where it wants to go. The Wii U will be a total disaster for anyone who wants to play 3rd party games for a 4th generation. They've had no 3rd party support all the way back from N64, Gamecube, Wii, and now the Wii U.
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They've had no QUALITY 3rd party support all the way back from N64, Gamecube, Wii, and now the Wii U.
Can't say the 3rd parties weren't there...because they were there with their shovelware in full force!

I am incredibly curious as to where MS and Sony are going with the next gen. I do not see MS destroying what they have grown with the 360. They don't need the console sales to keep the business afloat because they have an incredible retention rate PLUS the constant stream of printed money we call Xbox LIVE.

I see all current games being able to be played on either one, fully backwards compatible, plus all to most Arcade games being continued to release for both. But, using this 16 Core CPU to get incredible physics processing...could see some really nice sports games if someone wins the lottery, 4 times, and can buy EA and start anew there. We all know currently they won't put in the work needed to get a cutting edge football game.
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"Respect my AUTHORITAII!"
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it wont matter how many cores the CPU has if they cant figure out the cooling Stick Out Tongue
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L7: Teacher
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Can't say the 3rd parties weren't there...because they were there with their shovelware in full force!

I am incredibly curious as to where MS and Sony are going with the next gen. I do not see MS destroying what they have grown with the 360. They don't need the console sales to keep the business afloat because they have an incredible retention rate PLUS the constant stream of printed money we call Xbox LIVE.

I see all current games being able to be played on either one, fully backwards compatible, plus all to most Arcade games being continued to release for both. But, using this 16 Core CPU to get incredible physics processing...could see some really nice sports games if someone wins the lottery, 4 times, and can buy EA and start anew there. We all know currently they won't put in the work needed to get a cutting edge football game.
I agree with you on the EA thing. EA is the sole owner of the NFL franchise name brand so they don't need to make a quality game to make a profit. Most of their releases ends up being garbage or a half ass attempted at a quality game.
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Quote from LordOfChaos View Post :
it wont matter how many cores the CPU has if they cant figure out the cooling Stick Out Tongue
Shoot...I know I should have thrown out an "In before the RRoD jokes"
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Shoot...I know I should have thrown out an "In before the RRoD jokes"
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L7: Teacher
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Anyone think the billions lost in Sony profits will impact the PS4?
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Quote from Kaldar5 View Post :
Who is even going to look from the screen, to the controller, and back to the screen?
*Maybe* for a two player game to select secret options you don't want the other person to see in a turn based game, but they wont make any 2 player games for that controller anyway. *boggle*
It was used to great effect in Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube... as long as you knew three other people with GBAs and had link cables.
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From the looks of what you said that thing will be super expensive. Yea... I dont think I am going to buy that if it comes out to 600. I will wait a good year or two even before thinking about if it is worth it, or if the next generation is anything like this generation wait until another redesign and then buy.
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Yea it don't matter if it has 50 cores.... as long as they are stuck using DVD media, they will never get any games that will fully use the cores... unless you enjoy having games in 6 disc case

Unless they got another way of cramming 60GB worth of data on a DVD disc...
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