Xbox 720 has an x86 AMD processor, no backwards compatibility – rumour

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 00:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Another source has popped up with support for rumours that Microsoft’s next consoles, codenamed Durango and nicknamed Xbox 720, will use a PC-like architecture.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the next Xbox, like the PlayStation 4, will use a PC-like AMD processor at its heart. The source this time is “people with knowledge of the matter” speaking with Bloomberg.

The publication’s sources claim that the move to a more PC-like architecture is designed to reduce the costs of hardware manufacturing and increase ease of development.

As noted by previous rumours, Bloomberg’s whisperers said the x86 AMD processor combines multiple Jaguar CPUs with GPUs.

Because it’s a very different technology to the IBM Poer PC chips used in the Xbox 360, there will be no backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 game discs, the site said.

We’re expecting the new Xbox to be revealed in late May. We’re not sure what strategy Microsoft will take yet, of cours,e but it did recently announce its intention to throw everything at Xbox as a media platform.

Thanks, woe.