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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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  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

    DICE boss Patrick Bach has promised Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” as the game carries the Battlefront title for a reason. Speaking with Eurogamer during Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Bach said the team stayed true to the “core ethos” of the Battlefront series by adhering to what […]

  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

    Sony is hosting another Flash Sale on the North American store with plenty of action games, and some films, to help get your weekend started. The list is super long, so here’s a few highlights: Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bayonetta Beyond Good & Evil HD Castlevania: Harmony of Despair […]

  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

    It appears Postal 2 has a new add-on available. No, it’s not for the 2003 version, but the Complete Edition which was greenlit on Steam 10 years later. Called Paradise Lost, the add-on stars the Dude and contains a new single-player story campaign and new areas featuring free-roam gameplay. The original voice actor for the […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]