Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Inside details of Xbox 720 seemingly emerge, point to no Blu-ray player

Inside details of Xbox 720 seemingly emerge, point to no Blu-ray player

A new, albeit unsubstantiated report claimed this week that Microsoft's next Xbox console will not house a Blu-ray player inside.

The next-gen Xbox, expected to be unveiled this year by Microsoft, has alternately been referred to as the Xbox 720 and its reported codename, Durango. Previous reports have claimed that it would come packing a Blu-ray player.

Monday's report comes from Gaming Capacity, which claimed to have received its Xbox 720 info from a source who's "had hands-on time" with Microsoft's new console. The source spoke under condition of anonymity, Gaming Capacity noted.

Given the nature of this report, it's a dvisable to note that none of these Durango details should be considered gospel until Microsoft makes its own formal announcement, but they are worth having a look at nonetheless.

Next Xbox specs

The source revealed a few other details: the Xbox 720 will apparently have three times the processing power of the Xbox 360, and will launch with both 320GB "Arcade" and 500GB "Pro" configurations. A 1TB HDD will be available as a separate add-on.

This report also got into the nitty-gritty details, claiming that the new Xbox will pack a 1.6GHz eight-core AMD x64 CPU, a Direct3D 11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDT3 memory.

Xbox Smartglass is reportedly still a thing, though there was no word on the new Kinect 2.0 or any other more immersive tec hnologies, like the rumored "IllumiRoom" room-filling projections.

Xbox 720 at E3?

As for the timing of Microsoft's announcement, Gaming Capacity's source claimed that the Xbox booth is going to be "party central" at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

It's not clear exactly what that means, but it could hint at an Xbox 720 announcement at E3. Microsoft may opt to hold its own event to christen the console, much like Sony did with the PS4, but perhaps it will try to steal the show come June.

According to the report, the Xbox 360 successor will be released during the 2013 holiday season.

And then there was 4

With PlayStation 4 confirmed for a holiday 2013 release date, it's a safe guess that Microsoft is probably hustling to make sure Durango comes out around the same time.

The Xbox 360 launched earlier than the PS3 in the last generation of gaming consoles, and you can bet neither company wants to fall behind this time around.

If both the Xbox 720 and the PS4 get a release at the end of the year, a lot of gamers are going to have a tough decision to make come the holidays.

TechRadar asked Gaming Capacity to see if the site could offer us proof of its source's veracity, but so far we haven't heard back.

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