Report: Next Xbox is Like "Two PCs Taped Together," Requires Always-On Net Connection
Written Monday, April 02, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Strap on your rumour boots, here’s some fresh whispers about the Xbox 720. Or whatever it’s going to be called.
According to the latest reports, the next generation Xbox has been fully detailed to some third parties, ahead of a rumoured Christmas 2013 release.
So here’s the details. “Multiple sources” are saying that the machine will have two GPUs, with one source saying, “It’s like two PCs taped together.” Apparently, the graphics cards are believed to be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but “not CrossFire or SLI”. Unlike dual-PC set-ups, these GPUs will work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously.
Furthermore, the Xbox 720 CPU will have “four or six” cores, with one reserved for Kinect (which is said to be built in as standard), and one for the operating system.
Most controversial, however, are suggestions that the Xbox 720 will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure. That can't be true, right? Imagine enjoying a single-player title and the whole thing comes to a halt because your internet has died. Rage. Fingers crossed that bit isn't true.