Edit 1/8/13: Looks like more and more developers and insiders have thrown their two cents into the mix regarding that original forum this information is coming from. As it turns out, these specs are actual production specs and not development kits. Nothing is still official, but things are escalating quickly in terms of information. Be sure to check back for more updates.
The road to E3 seems to be starting early this year. In what no doubt will be the top story of this June's up coming event, heavy rumors regarding Microsoft announcing the successor to the Xbox 360 have been floating around for months.
This is not a surprise, as countless rumors, speculations, specifications and domains have been inadvertently released to the public over the course of the last 6 months. From multi-page PDF documents describing the advancements in Kinect technology to Micosoft acquiring multiple "Xbox 8" domain names, there seems to be no stopping the Microsoft hype train this year.
The latest rumors come from a conversation on a Chinese forum between two insiders of the industry, one as a confirmed ex-Ubisoft employee. Saving you from the poorly translated dialog, what essentially were revealed are the development unit specifications of the next Xbox.
Those specifications being:
- Eight-Core CPU
- 8G RAM
- AMD 8xxx GPU (not sure if off shelve or custom built)
- Windows 8 Kernel specially OS
- 640GB Hard drive
Now, these specifications are all rumor, so please take them with a grain of salt. The only reason they hold weight is due to whom they came from... and quite frankly, they match up with everything we have heard about the next Xbox thus far.
It is also important to note that most development kits utilize more RAM than the product released to the public, so expect the final product (being shown at E3) to have slightly less RAM out the box. Furthermore, look at all those 8's! I'm not going to make any claims about what the next Xbox will be called, but I would not be surprised if it is not called the "Xbox 720."
So what are everyone’s thoughts on these specs? Are they enough to get you excited for the next generation of consoles, or is the current generation still satisfying enough? Let me know by subscribing to me here and following me on twitter @NicholasGigante.