Apr 2, 2012

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New Xbox 720 Rumors Surface: Blu-ray included, Always-On Internet Connection Required

New Xbox 720 Rumors Surface: Blu-ray included, Always-On Internet Connection Required

According to VG247, Microsoft has recently detailed the Xbox 720 to certain partners and has confirmed the machine for a Christmas 2013 release. VG247 also claims that the next iteration of the Xbox will include a Blu-ray drive, contradicting recent reports.

Many sources have also told the website that the new Microsoft machine will include two GPUs. On the subject, an individual stated that it would be similar to “two PCs taped together.”

While the specs aren’t confirmed, conventional thought is that the graphics cards will be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but “not CrossFire or SLI”. The GPUs would not be set up in traditional PC fashion, where the two chips take turns to draw lines of the same object: Xbox 720′s graphics units will be able to work independently and will draw separate items at the same time.

There is also speculation that there will be four to six cores for the 720′s CPU, with one reserved specifically for Kinect and one for the OS. It is also rumored that the Xbox 720 will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure but nothing has been confirmed.

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[Source: VG247]