The next gen Xbox devkits have started shipping to developers worldwide, and the specs are rather impressive for a console. The Xbox 720 devkit has a whopping 16 core CPU, with a bluray optical drive and an AMD video card. Its unlikely that this will be the final hardware, but a 16 core CPU would be able to play any game currently out, as there isnt one that uses nearly that many cores.
“Even if you had a 16-core processor in your gaming PC there are currently no games built to use it, but games for the next Xbox could put all sixteen cores to work on day one for a level of performance far in excess of current gaming PCs. It’s a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine – too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it’ll need a lot of power.”
Rumors have came out that developers are going to show off some of their next gen titles at this years E3 whether or not Microsoft or Sony is ready to unveil their consoles.
“Regardless of whether the next Xbox makes it to E3, the arrival of those Durango devkits is the starting gun for the next generation and once again Microsoft have beaten Sony out of the gate by getting hardware into the developers’ hands first. Sony keep denying any possibility of PS4 at E3 2012 too, but if they don’t move fast Microsoft could roll into June’s LA showcase with dozens of next-generation exclusives from third-parties. When Epic shows that first Unreal 4 demo they’ll only have one console platform to talk about – call it Durango, call it 720, call it what you like, but if Microsoft move fast it might be the only game in town.”