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Report – developers believe leaked Xbox 720 dev kit is authentic

Monday, 30th July 2012 01:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A sketchy looking set of photos may be our first look at Microsoft’s new console.

Digital Foundry reports a dodgy-looking development kit detailed on a developer forum is the real deal – an authentic Durango, the code name for the next Xbox console.

The site spoke with the source of the leak, who said the dev kits were distributed in February. He detailed the system’s 64-bit architecture as having Intel CPUs and an nVidia graphics card, over 8GB of RAM (although Digital Foundry notes dev kits have more memory than retail consoles). The final hardware is expected to have eight cores, the source said.

It’s apparently a very different set-up to the current Xbox and also contradicts repeat rumours of a deal between Microsoft and AMD; Microsoft and nVidia don’t have a great history, either. That said, Digital Foundry claims development sources agreed Durango is a 64-bit system, and also confirmed the authenticity of the interface seen in the images.

The new Xbox is expected to be announced next year ahead of a holiday 2013 launch; a new PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, is believed to be aiming for a similar schedule.

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  1. mad1723

    By the way, it’s basically a computer for those of you wondering if it’ll look like this. It’s just a computer built to have approximate specs of what they are aiming for. The finished console won’t look anything like what is show in the picture. The Xbox 360 dev kit until a very late point was just a PowerMac built to be almost identical in specs to what the dev kits would get.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. stretch215

    If those specs are legit next Gen is looking to be awesome.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Next gen will be based on the PC technology. So no more crappy custom tech. Yeah.

    “(although Digital Foundry notes dev kits have more memory than retail consoles”

    Well, obviously.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    Is that mean, when port are start coming to pc, 64 bit OS will greatly benefit.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4, nope.

    but hardware that is based on the PC Tech will benefit PC from shitty ports.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DGOJG

    Development kits for those interested (most of them are later versions not early ones like the reported Durango one)

    PS3: http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2006/08/21/ps3_development_kit.jpg

    360:
    http://i.imgur.com/N6PF1.jpg

    Wii:
    http://www.hostingbytes.us/images/2/1220176.jpg

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    I thought for PS3 it was joke , because it looked like VCR :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    Looks good it seems that it will be easy to port from pc games,which is a plus, but i hope the price is not that high, though

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @6, haha :D Ps3 is a VCR or Betamax machine.

    Wii is some old Soviet radio.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. xino

    feels too early for it to be leaked man:/

    #10 2 years ago
  11. fearmonkey

    It’s kind of hard to believe that MS would boot AMD and place Nvidia in the main console, is it possible this is just for the alpha dev kit?
    After the problems that MS and Nvidia had regarding the Xbox GPU, It’s just hard to believe they would go back… I’m sure that if MS is indeed going with Nvidia, it’s licensed rather than a pure Nvidia part like the Xbox had, which would make it much easier to bring costs down.

    I have to say that I’ll be very happy if they didn’t go the AMD 6670 GPU route, that would have been an awful choice.

    So backwards compatibility isn’t assured again, which I figured was a definite. I would never have imagined they would go Intel (Atom?) and Nvidia……..

    If they can place in a midrange level KEPLER or MAXWELL GPU….wow… But I doubt that will be the case (but I can hope)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. tonyyg88

    Well all i now form my tech stand point is bye the next Two years this tech will be 3 too 4 years behind. so I’m wondering what ells Microsoft has that wasn’t leaked yet. there can be monkey wrench thrown in too sony’s cogwheel I’m thinking there mite be something that Microsoft has over sony but i don’t now so will see let the best company win lol.

    #12 1 year ago