Following last week’s rather vague technical capabilities leak for both Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation gaming consoles, VGLeaks has just publicized what appears to be detailed specifications for the next Xbox. Promising to unveil details on the fourth PlayStation (codenamed Orbis) in the weeks to come, VGLeaks has already released what they believe to be accurate internal component information for the third-generation Xbox.
The bleeding-edge gaming technology, unofficially dubbed the Xbox 720 and codenamed Durango, is said to include an 8-core processor, based on x64 architecture, each core is said to operate at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz). Additionally, Durango will allegedly sport 8GB of RAM, an 800 megahertz (MHz) graphics processor, a Sata 2.0 hard drive that’s “always present” and a 6x Blu-ray Disc drive.
Given the intricacy of the leak and the system block diagram, pictured to the right, it’s quite possible that VGLeak’s specifications match that of Durango’s.
Additionally, the “Kinect in” port specified in the block diagram has all but put to rest rumors of the next Xbox featuring a built-in Kinect; it wouldn’t be practical for every customer to place their console in ideal viewing range for the sensors.
The Xbox 720 will likely be unveiled this spring at the E3 gaming convention, although there have been whispers of Microsoft jumping the gun and giving exclusive press demos prior to the convention. As we approach the next-generation of console gaming, stay tuned for complete coverage on both Microsoft and Sony’s Xbox 720 and PS4.