Has someone tried to sell the Xbox "Durango" SDK?

Microsoft has yet to even admit it is making a new version of its Xbox game console. However, there have been unconfirmed rumors that the hardware SDK to make games for the next generation version of the Xbox have already been assembled. Now it appears that a person has not only gotten a hold of one of these SDK consoles but actually tried to sell it on an online forum.

The person, who only goes by the alias "DaE", posted up images of what he claims is the next Xbox SDK, which goes by the code name "Durango", on the AssemblerGames forum. Eurogamer.net got in contact with unnamed developers who reportedly have their own Durango SDK hardware models. They report that the box shown in the images is in fact the genuine Durango SDK kit.

For his part, the mysterious DaE claims he only posted up the SDK images and the sale offer (he was asking $10,000) as a prank against the administrator of the forum. His post and images have already been deleted from that message board and DaE has been banned.

As for what's inside the SDK in terms of hardware, DaE claims that it has an Intel CPU and an NVIDIA GPU, but nothing more specific than that. He also claims that the SDK has over 8 GB of memory and has a 64-bit OS and that the final hardware could have as many as eight processing cores.

If what he says is true, this would be a big switch in terms of hardware partners for the next Xbox. Microsoft went with a custom IBM PowerPC CPU and an ATI GPU for the Xbox 360.

Source: Eurogamer.net | Images via Eurogamer.net

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why would you do this seriously ?
I hope the guy has a country he can hide in
because you know MS/FBI etc would track him down and sue 'em.

either guy is super stupid or its a joke

PmRd said,
Why would some random guy have a new Xbox sdk

I'm sure Microsoft is asking the same question. At first this looks fake, but nobody can actually say it's fake while plenty of people who would know can say that everything he says corroborates.

No doubt Microsoft has a (short) list of everyone who has one of these and can account for them, so this person is playing a dangerous game indeed.

PmRd said,
Why would some random guy have a new Xbox sdk

That forum isn't for randoms and has a lot of people with some very confidential equipment.

"unconfirmed rumors that the hardware SDK...have already been assembled"...?

So...you can't confirm they exist...but you confirmed this is one of them?

mizkitty said,
"unconfirmed rumors that the hardware SDK...have already been assembled"...?

So...you can't confirm they exist...but you confirmed this is one of them?


We can confirm that this confirmation is not a confirmation of the existence of any confirmation.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

We can confirm that this confirmation is not a confirmation of the existence of any confirmation.

church lingo: Can I get a witness?

Neowin lingo: Can I get a confirmation?

Matthew_Thepc said,
dagnabbit...why did I buy that Xbox 360? the 720 sounds a crapload better

Trust me, the 720 isn't coming out any time soon... unless they finally give in to the pressure that is the chance to compete with the Wii U early enough...

MASTER260 said,

Trust me, the 720 isn't coming out any time soon... unless they finally give in to the pressure that is the chance to compete with the Wii U early enough...

well that's (somewhat) good news

warwagon said,
I confess. It was me!

Ohh great! Now, the whole web got warwagoned!

World. We want you to know that we share with you the mental trauma you are going through in these terrible terrible times.

~Neowinians