We've seen no shortage of news and rumors surrounding Sony's next PlayStation, codenamed "Orbis," so we're really chomping at the bit here for some proper news about "Durango." Or Xbox 720, if you prefer that unofficial name. The latest development comes from a massive leak that reveals the system specs for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox, and if they're true, then console gamers who'd rather not migrate to PC should be pretty happy.
According to the leak, the Xbox 720 will boast an 8-core 1.6GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor, a 50GB 6x Blu-ray disc drive, and a hell of a lot more.
Here's the whole shebang, for those curious parties out there:
- x64 Architecture
- 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)
- each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache
- each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache
- each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources
- each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock
- custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor
- 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads
- each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle
- at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second
High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present
Storage and Memory:
- 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)
- 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)
- from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.
- Hard drive is always present
- 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct
- Move engines
- Image, video, and audio codecs
- Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
- Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing
Earlier this month, Microsoft teased a major reveal at the 2013 E3 convention. Many believe, however, that both they and Sony could be officially unveiling their next consoles as soon as next month.