Durango GPU capable of DirectX 11 performance

Monday, 4th February 2013 23:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s next console, affectionately known as Xbox 720 or by its rumoured codename Durango, brings the power of DirectX 11 to consoles, a new report claims.

VGLeaks followed up its broad overview of Durango’s alleged architecture, which matched multiple leaks and rumours, with a detailed breakdown of its GPU.

The site claims the GPU is capable of supporting Direct3D 11, the API which powers DirectX 11 in up-to-date gaming PCs. It describes the new graphics unit as “a departure from previous console generations both in raw performance and in structure”. Current consoles do not support Direct3D 11.

The three page report is technical and very detailed, but references several previously rumoured details, such as the existence of 32 MB of ESRAM rather than virtual memory, which should allow Durango to overcome certain limitations of the Xbox 360.

If you’re au fait with fairly nitty-gritty tech, go check out the full report; I’ve dropped in a summary table of estimated statistics below to baffle the rest of us.

Microsoft is expected to reveal and possible even launch its new console this year; Sony has already started the arms race.

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    But this wasn’t expect of the new consoles already?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. HauntaVirus


    #2 2 years ago
  3. woe

    More rumours..

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    Hope this is the media of specs otherwise its pretty lame considering everyone was slagging off the Wii u.

    Obviously this will be more powerful than Wi U, but is hardly earth shaking with this current speculation.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Congratulations consoles. You are going to have DX11… LOL. In 2013? 2014?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ninjanutta

    thats not great,still a mid to low range gpu in todays pc standard.
    My 2 yr old gtx 580 still is double that so not a good look really

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    in b4 erth talking shit


    #7 2 years ago
  8. nando

    MS focusing on casual gamers not the hardcore.PS4 is gonna be much stronger and will focus on hardcore gamers.If it is true i think MS has already lost before launch time of the console.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. PC_PlayBoy

    Consoles lol.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    Hardcore gamers!!!!!

    Gamers who can only get off to watching deep double penetration… Shoving both a megadrive AND Super Nintendo Cartridge in a Gameboy Advance!!!!

    Ooh Rah!!!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. tatsujin

    the whole point of this piece of shit system is? …. Oh yea, supports DX 11. So does PS4.

    Shitty news for shitty people.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. aleschusta

    i’m still hopeful that one of the new cosoles will use SSD. and a nvidia like GTX660

    #12 2 years ago
  13. eman

    Eddie • 43 minutes ago −
    But these are specs from the beta kit, not the final kit which is always 10 to 20 % stronger.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. xxJPRACERxx

    I think it’s pretty good actually, compared to what’s in the 360. I don’t compare consoles and PC anymore, it’s not the same market.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. nimrod123

    @14, its also depressing

    OT: you would damm well hope so, but with XNA being droped, and the annoucnment that directx is “devloping” into a service for xbox and tablets i would say windows PC is fucked

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sh4dow

    @ 14: Of course it’s not but it used to be very similar and it should be again. I want to play console exclusives with the visual fidelity of PC hardware (or even better), damn it! Just like I used to be able to.

    #16 2 years ago

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