According to a report at vgleaks, the specs for the next Xbox (codenamed Durango) have been leaked. If the rumor is true then we’re going to be looking at some pretty beefy hardware.
There has already been confirmed information on the next-gen Microsoft console. We know that Durango will be equipped with an eight-core AMD CPU running at 1.6GHz which will be up to par with the PS4 – codenamed Orbis. The Xbox360 has a 3.0 Ghz tri-core processor which means that Durango will not only be way faster than its predecessor but it will also be more quiet.
According to the rumor, the GPU is custom-made and runs at 800 MHz with Direct3D 11.1 support. It’s not exactly the best GPU and according to reports, Orbis features up to 18 Radeon GCN compute units at 800 MHz while Durango only offers 12 while running at the same clock speed.
As for memory and storage, the CPU is supported by 8GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 32MB of ESRAM which is directly connected to the GPU. This provides a combined peak bandwidth of 170GB per second or so the rumor suggests.
The console will feature a SATA 2.0 hard drive. There hasn’t been any information regarding exactly what type of hard drive the console will be equipped with. However, it might be a good idea for Microsoft to include a solid state drive if they expect to opt more for digital content. As for supporting physical content, the Durango will feature a 50GB 6x Blu-ray drive.
It is also quite interesting to see a Kinect In port which might imply a next-generation Kinect instead of just having it built into the hardware. On one hand, this is great because of the previous issue USB Kinects had with not having enough peripheral inputs on the Xbox360. On the other hand, it’s one more thing to spend money on. The Durango’s USB ports have been upgraded to 3.0 which is great for transfering files.
Another interesting thing about these specs is the inclusion of an HDMI In port as well as an out port which suggests the possiblity of recording TV shows directly into the system.
Remember this is only a rumor and there is also no information regarding how old this information is. Last week, Baird Equity Reseach analysts suggested that the Xbox 720 should launch later this year in November and will probably cost $350-400 in the US.
See the complete list of leaked specs
– 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