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Report: Next-gen Xbox details at CES, hex-core CPU inside

Monday, 14 November 2011 20:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

French site Xboxygen is rumouring that Microsoft is to make some kind of announcement related to the next Xbox at Las Vegas tech show CES in January.

The information, according to the site, comes from a source “very close” to the company.

The story’s also rumouring that the machine is to have a hex-core CPU with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and has been in the works since 2005 – the year Xbox 360 released. AMD is to provide the GPU, according to the piece.

As previously rumoured, Xboxygen says a division called Loop is handling software development on the project, while another team, Infinity, is working on the console itself.

The site has been told to not expect a “huge announcement” with software, but rather “some information on the new console, and some of its capabilities”.

Talk of Microsoft’s next console has gathered pace in the second half of 2011, with chatter beginning in earnest around E3. EA was tipped to have started work on the machine – a story that was quickly denied – with a further two stories pinning a reveal on E3 2012.

Four Microsoft CVs turned up mentions of “Xbox next-gen” in October, with a Develop story later that month claiming Microsoft would show the console for the first time at E3 2013.

CES 2012 runs from January 10-13.

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35 Comments

  1. Droid

    2gb of ram doesn’t sound like much at all. Ram chips are so cheap nowadays I’d be amazed if that was correct for a next-gen console.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    Couldn’t give a flying fuck about the specs, to be honest.

    As long as the games are good and the online service is up to scratch, that’s really all I care about.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I reckon the RAM figure’s off. It’s got to have 4Gb even to be current, not to hang around for another 10 years.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Zeydlitz

    2Gb of DDR3 — are pretty low and slow. Xbox360 got GDDR3 memory, so DDR4 or GDDR5 speed should be normal for nextgen.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. drewbles82

    personally whateva they do nextgen, they need to make it so you can keep your gamertag, achievements, the amount of ppl who would be so pissed off if they cant transfer all their xboxlive stuff. I would be annoyied esp with the amount of arcade games ive purchased and dlc.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Razor

    Putting your French to good use then, Pat? ;)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. minxamo

    It’s some obscure french site, they’re probably making up bullshit for attention.

    And yeah, 2/4gb DDR4 seems more likely for next gen.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    2 GB Ram?

    Oh Wow… Thats so next generation. My current gen PC had 8 GB Ram since 2007.

    Ram don’t cost much these days and it’s not enough memory for the next gen, unless they are going to create a WII 2 console with XBOX brand.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Fin

    @2

    +++++1

    Games are decent, who gives a fuck what the specs are.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Trying!

    @7 – Nah. They’re not like that.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    As a PC gamer I’d welcome a new generation of underpowered consoles.

    I’m sure that Microsoft and Sony can pull a lot more out of those specs for dedicated gaming machines, but looking at the current hardware, the only real technological showcase that developers are able to do on consoles is all about optimization.

    For publishers I think that might become a prestige problem, so I’m thinking that throws a bit of business to the PC. And thank you for that.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Soong

    A console works differently you bunch of noobs. On PC you have a RAM-hungry OS (i.e. windows) to deal with, which you don’t on a 360 or PS3. That’s why next-gen consoles can get by with a lot less RAM than my über PC.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Lounds

    maybe it’s 2gb of GDDR3.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. freedoms_stain

    @12, depends if this is 2GB shared system and video, just system or just video.

    2GB shared would be poor (very fucking poor) for a next gen system no matter how much memory your OS takes up (and to be sure the next iteration of console OS will be a big step up in complexity)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. manamana

    Most tablets will nearly have those specs by that time, considering nvidias roadmap ….

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    Guys, figure out what the G stands for in GDDR. Although the more Graphics dedicated memory, the better, I’m going to guess 2GB of DDR3 & 2GB of GDDR5 RAM.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ShiroGamer

    loop, lol :D

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Maximum Payne

    What gpu will have is most important thing IMO.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @12, you are wrong because OS also takes a huge chunk of memory on consoles .

    For this generation PS3′s OS takes a large chunk of OS thats just as a small example.
    Next gen consoles are probably going to have multitasking in a lot of ways so 2GB is the minimum. also, they are probably going to do much more than current gen 360 or PS3.

    @9, someone who wants to play games that are more than corridor shitty shooters. M’kay?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @15, ehem… most smartphones will soon have 2 GB of ram.

    @18, not exactly. Console CPU is much more important, because console lifespan depends on the CPU.
    Videocard is also important but i guess it will be Nvidia’s 100 series GPU which is this current gen for the PC. (That sucks of course)

    Next Year Nvidia will introduce “Kepler” and “Maxwell” codenamed cards which will never be on consoles and thats very, very sad because they are going to be around 2014.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. minxamo

    @20
    It said AMD are sorting out the GPU

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Maximum Payne

    @20 Well if Wii-U is going to have 4000 series then xbox should have 6000 series minimum for 2013….

    #22 3 years ago
  23. bryani

    now bfore u make urselves bill gates n start waving ur dicks in public let’s wait n see for ourselves, shall we? as for now go fuck ur expensive hard drives…

    #23 3 years ago
  24. fearmonkey

    MS is so focused on Kinect that I could see them doing the 2GB to cut down cost, as we all know the kinect will have to come built in with the next xbox.
    If Sony releases a 4GB box, yay Sony, and I’ll buy a PS4, but im afraid that they might do the same.
    MS, please place 4GB in the box, 2GB is not enough for super high res textures, and will be more streaming from HD and DVD again. I fear for the future of the next gen consoles, especially for the next xbox, as MS is so focused on Kinect, which I could care less about.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    4 GB is a basic memory for consoles of the next gen, but for now it’s already not too much. But i guess some of the consoles will eventually use 4GB. Will it be PS3 or 360? Who knows.
    but it will be hillarious if consoles will have only 2 GB.

    @21, yeah, i know. I use Nvidia as the exmaple. Because i don’t know much about AMD/Radeon technology. I’m not in to AMD cards. But they are really good in my opinion. Just not my thing.

    @22, well, thats absolutely true.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    Chances of this info being right: 3%
    Chances of the internet arguing over it anyway: 99%

    Lets at least wait for some sites with at least a little credibility to start making things up before we go mad over it. :D

    #26 3 years ago
  27. 2plus2equals5

    Maybe i want too much, but for a 5-10 years machine that will be released in 2012/2013 i want 8gb of ram, i can even accept 4gb, but not 2gb.
    Curious about the hex-core cpu.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Maximum Payne

    @27 Crytek said it they also want 8 gb for next gen :D

    #28 3 years ago
  29. 2plus2equals5

    @28: i know! XD And they are right!

    Another rumor said that the next xbox could be cheap, maybe these two rumors are correlated.

    Another one said that the console will be called “ten”, will run a version of windows and will feature a tegra.
    This rumor made me think of a portable console, tegra and windows like smartphones, “ten” = 10 = X, Xbox X it’s horrible, so i think of a portable X(box).

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Maximum Payne

    @29 aaa I Get it so its going to called tenbox ;)

    #30 3 years ago
  31. mojo

    that 2gb must be the video ram.
    if its indeed the system ram ms will recieve a big fat FUCK YOU once again. that would be just pathetic.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. 2plus2equals5

    @30: not a bad name! :D

    #32 3 years ago
  33. StolenGlory

    @29

    I don’t see it sporting a Tegra chipset to be honest, especially in light of the heavily corroborated rumour that ATI are back onboard once again to produce the graphical guts for the machine.

    I also don’t see it happening either for the fact that Nvidia and MS had a pretty sour relationship after the original XBox IIRC.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. 2plus2equals5

    @33:i honestly think that the next xbox will have none of the specs of these rumors!

    #34 3 years ago
  35. StolenGlory

    @34 You could be right. Ultimately though, specs are just a potential means to an end, that end being great games and so I am not really too bothered how the innards fare, so long as what I put into it is decent :)

    #35 3 years ago

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    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]