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The Next Xbox Will Feature an Impressive 16-Core Processor

Microsoft's foray into the video game console business with the Xbox 360 has no doubt been proven to be a success. Now that the Xbox 360 is now on its seventh year, gamers are wondering what Microsoft is up to with regards to its next major console follow-up. Rumors have it that both Microsoft and Sony have its plans with regards to their next respective console iteration. Now we come across some interesting tidbit about the next Xbox.

The Next Xbox Durango
As CVG reports, the latest issue of Xbox World claims that the next Xbox (codenamed Durango) devkits were already started being sent to developers since last month. The development kits for the next Xbox don't resemble the product in anyway says Xbox World but the hardware inside the kit gives one an idea on what to expect once the console releases in late 2013.

But perhaps the most interesting information regarding this rumor is that according to various sources, the Next Xbox's devkit is powered by a rather monstrous 16-core IBM powered CPU, which is considered to be future tech even with today's high end PCs. Take note that it was only in November last year when the first 16-core processor has hit the market courtesy of AMD. And as previously rumored, the ridiculously powerful processor will be accompanied by AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series video card.

Now for dedicated gaming machine, one can say that having 16-cores is downright excessive but as Xbox World explains:

It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power.

It is worth noting that both Microsoft and Sony are both still in denial that their next-gen consoles will be unveiled at E3 this upcoming June. It should be interesting to see what Microsoft has in store for us regarding the next Xbox. [via RedmondPie]

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