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    Industry chatter has died down on Microsoft's Next Xbox for, well, a couple of weeks at least, with the most recent scuttlebutt suggesting the device will debut at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. That rumor may have been bolstered in recent days, as tech news site Fudzilla reports that Microsoft began production on 32nm processor chips for developers' Next Xbox debug consoles in December. Expect the Next Xbox's computer chip to look mostly like the Xbox 360's latest chip.According to Fudzilla's sources, the Next Xbox's chip is a joint venture between IBM and Global Foundries, and it bears the code name Oban. The report goes on to note that the Next Xbox will have a PowerPC CPU that is integrated with an ATI Southern Islands graphics processor. The GPU is reportedly a modification of ATI's 7000 series cards. Fudzilla's sources indicate that development kits will be available to game studios by April.
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    Of note, earlier this month, IBM and Global Foundries announced that they have partnered to manufacture chips based on IBM's 32nm Silicon-on-Insulator technology. The announcement noted that IBM had recently begun initial production on these chips, and the two companies plan to ramp up production during the second half of 2012. This particular chip is noteworthy, given that Global Foundries touted the technology by saying that it "vastly improves microprocessor performance in multi-core designs and speeds the movement of graphics in gaming, networking, and other image-intensive, multimedia applications." The chip's SOI process was used in IBM Watson, better known as the victorious Jeopardy!contestant in early 2011.
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    • #3
      So what does that mean to us in plain terms?

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      • #4
        Sounds impressive...

        but that might as well be in greek for me. haha

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Remedy View Post
          Sounds impressive...

          but that might as well be in greek for me. haha


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Alastor View Post
            So what does that mean to us in plain terms?
            It will be capable of crazy good 1080p visuals. Bigger games overall, more NPCs, and far better AI. Simply put, Elder Scrolls VI will be a much bigger beast than Skyrim.

            And for you FPS lovers; no more 16 vs 16 MP. You could expect to see 64 man MP... maybe even more.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Amari24 View Post
              It will be capable of crazy good 1080p visuals. Bigger games overall, more NPCs, and far better AI. Simply put, Elder Scrolls VI will be a much bigger beast than Skyrim.

              And for you FPS lovers; no more 16 vs 16 MP. You could expect to see 64 man MP... maybe even more.
              Ooohh that sounds sexy... in a nerdy video game sort of way.

              ty for clarifying for the masses.

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              • #8
                I'm not much of a gamer but I love hearing about the progress if these technologies. Fun stuff.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Amari24 View Post
                  It will be capable of crazy good 1080p visuals. Bigger games overall, more NPCs, and far better AI. Simply put, Elder Scrolls VI will be a much bigger beast than Skyrim.

                  And for you FPS lovers; no more 16 vs 16 MP. You could expect to see 64 man MP... maybe even more.
                  This is where a Battlefield fanboy comes in and says

                  CoD fans will sit and say "Well I guess that means we'd go from 6 v 6 to 12 v 12."
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Amari24 View Post
                    It will be capable of crazy good 1080p visuals. Bigger games overall, more NPCs, and far better AI. Simply put, Elder Scrolls VI will be a much bigger beast than Skyrim.

                    And for you FPS lovers; no more 16 vs 16 MP. You could expect to see 64 man MP... maybe even more.
                    Yeah, but Bethesda will over-reach and leave the bugs in anyway, so it doesn't much matter what the processor can do.

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                    • #11
                      So based on all that medical hoopla you just spoke about..

                      The new xbox will kick ass?
                      Now go get your shine box

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                      • #12
                        Oh god the cost...

                        The cost is going to scare me
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HavoK471 View Post
                          Oh god the cost...

                          The cost is going to scare me
                          It wont cost no more than $500 imo, no less than $400.
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                          • #14
                            It's been described as "six times as powerful as the current Xbox 360."

                            The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.

                            Following initial reports from tech blogs Fudzilla and SemiAccurate, our sources have confirmed that mass production of the system's GPU will indeed begin by the end of 2012 but will not, however, be based on AMD's 7000 series Southern Islands GPU. Instead, the processor will be derived from the 6000 series, which was introduced last year. More specifically, it will be akin to the Radeon HD 6670, which offers support for DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. The chip currently has a market price of upwards of $79.99.



                            In real terms, the Xbox 720's raw graphics processing power is expected to be six times that of the Xbox 360 and will yield 20-percent greater performance than Nintendo's forthcoming console, the Wii U.

                            Developers are likely to receive development kits based on the system's final configuration in August. Projected pricing for the console was not provided.

                            http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/01/...rce=googleplus
                            One of the Techie's (works for RIM and writes extensions) who posted this on G+ said this:

                            3D Gaming coming to XBOX 720. Interesting they are using XFX HD6670 which isn't that powerful just a ~$80 card ... I wonder what six times will look like Us gamers pay $600 per GPU, remember those days?
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                            As for the rumor, this would be a let down if the GPU is comparable to a 6670. When the Xbox 360 came out, the GPU was cutting edge at that time. But, for the 1920x1080 resolutions in TVs maybe we don't need cutting edge anymore. Hopefully, the cost savings reflect in a $200 release price.
                            Seems like the power of the card is way behind cutting edge like some one already mentioned. What do you think the reason is? Does it take exponential computing power to to derive tangible benefits now?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jc13 View Post
                              So based on all that medical hoopla you just spoke about..

                              The new xbox will kick ass?
                              In short, yes. The 720 looks to be the most powerful system heading into next gen. Sony confirmed they aren't showing the PS4 at E3, so we don't know much about what they're doing other than the fact that they've been working on it. But I'm willing to bet as soon as the 720 and Wii U gain popularity, Sony won't waste any time advertising the PS4.

                              Originally posted by HavoK471 View Post
                              Oh god the cost...

                              The cost is going to scare me
                              Not really a concern IMO. We've all had fun ridiculing Sony for announcing that the PS3 would be $599 in front of the gaming world at E3 2006. Needless to say, they've learned their lesson. And it's not like Microsoft and Nintendo has ever been notorious for releasing overpriced hardware like that before.

                              I think $400 would be a good starting point until they shave the price to about $350 several months later.
                              Last edited by Amari24; 01-24-2012, 07:19 PM.

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