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Next Xbox Rumored Specs Leaked

/ Jan 22nd, 2013 No Comments

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Xbox 360 could finally be getting a successor.

Xbox 360 could finally be getting a successor.

Specs for the successor to the Xbox 360, or at least supposed specs, have been leaked on the website VGLeaks.

The next Xbox, codenamed Durango, will be structured similar to AMD‘s Jaguar designs for the laptop and tablet market. The console will come packed with an eight-core CPU provided by AMD, each running 1.6GHz.

The site claims the Durango will have 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 32MB of ESRAM, with the memory combining for a peak bandwidth of 170GB/s. In addition, the machine will use a GPU running at 800MHz.

Microsoft‘s new console will also feature a built-in hard drive (500GB minimum) and 6x Blu-ray disc drive.

The gaming system also includes dedicated hardware accelerators, with some devoted to audio and one to video encoding.

Durango will have a high-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor, meaning Kinect-like features will be built-in. However, the report also says the console will have a dedicated Kinect port for peripherals. That could mean better functionality will be available to users who purchase Kinect.

HDMI input is also built-in, showing Microsoft’s continued desire to make the gaming console the center of media entertainment for the home. Devices compatible with HDMI, such as smartphones, cameras and cable boxes, could be connected to the console for easy viewing, storage and, possibly even recording.

The console will also be compatible with USB 3.0.

If rumors prove to be true, Microsoft’s next generation console will be less powerful than the next gaming system from Sony. Reported specs for dev kits for the PlayStation 3 successor suggest a new PlayStation will be pack more power than the Durango.

There has been speculation on the next generation consoles for some time now but rumors have been heating up recently. Sony and Microsoft have hinted their respective new consoles could be announced as early as March. Details on the codenames and additional estimated announcement dates for both consoles were unveiled last month.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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