As soon as the New Year started there have been rumors swirling about the next generation of consoles. What will they contain and what will not be supported has been highly speculated as of this point; however the fine people at VGleaks (@VGLeaks) released what the make-up of the newest Xbox, codenamed “Durango”. The components within the new Xbox are still not official and ARE NOT CONFIRMED.
Starting with the CPU of the system we have an 8-core chip running at 1.6 GHz which is much improved over the triple-core 3.2 GHz CPU that is in the Xbox 360. “Durango” also sports 8GB of DDR3 RAM which crushes what is in the current Xbox 360, which is only 512MB of GDDR3 RAM. These improvements already are setting itself up for success, but we aren’t done yet! The GPU in the “Durango” is a custom 800MHz graphics card built specifically for the newest Xbox. Look for this to be another monster upgrade for Microsoft’s newest console.
One thing that all console gamers have been asking for is a Blu-ray drive and it appears that Xbox lovers will be in luck as it contains a 50GB 6x Blu-ray drive! This may not be important for people who own both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, or for those who own a separate Blu-ray player, however this is HUGE for those who don’t! Other miscellaneous things to look at are the USB 3.0 port, as well as a dedicated Kinect IN slot for people who own one of those nifty units. Lastly, there is HDMI IN and HDMI OUT slots as well, leaving some room for speculation as what the HDMI IN would be used for. Unfortunately there has not been any mention of hard drive sizes yet, but hopefully the 4GB units will be history!
This system looks extremely impressive so far and appears to have enough power to last as long as the original Xbox 360 in terms of longevity (the original Xbox 360 was released in November of 2005). According to VGLeaks they will be releasing the architecture for the next Playstation, codenamed “Orbis”, in the near future so stay tuned here to find out the latest with Sony’s next generation system! Expect an official announcement of the new Xbox at this year’s E3 event in June of this year during Microsoft’s annual keynote.