Next gen Xbox specs reportedly leak

Get out the salt and put on your skeptical hat as next gen specs for Microsoft's follow-up to the Xbox 360 have reportedly leaked. While the source does not have a track record of a significant length, the source has been posting up incredibly detailed posts regarding the WiiU, next gen Xbox and the PS4.

The specs are posted below but the highlights include an 8 core X64 CPU running at 1.6Ghz, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, USB 3.0, and a 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive.

CPU:

  • x64 Architecture
  • 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)
  • each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache
  • each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache
  • each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources
  • each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock

GPU:

  • custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor
  • 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads
  • each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle
  • at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second

High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present

  • Storage and Memory:
  • 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)
  • 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)
  • from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.
  • Hard drive is always present
  • 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive

Networking:

  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct

 Hardware Accelerators:

  • Move engines
  • Image, video, and audio codecs
  • Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
  • Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing 

It looks like, if true, Microsoft is putting some serious hardware under the hood to make sure its next gen console performs during its life-cycle as well as the Xbox 360 has.

The inclusion of a NUI sensor would make it seem that Kinect will be baked in at a deep level and we should expect to see the next generation of the device debut during the lifecycle of the platform.

Seeing as the sensor will be built in, and not an add-on, would make it appear that next gen gaming will also be able to take advantage of the platform since all end-users will have access to the necessary equipment. At the current time, Kinect gaming is limited in scope because publishers are not guaranteed that the install base they are selling to will have the needed attachment. 

Not that it will be a surprise, but to see that Wi-Fi will be baked in this time around will appease many. When the Xbox 360 hit the store shelves, it required an adapter to be able to connect to wireless networks. The addition of gigabit networking is also a nice touch for those who want to stream photos and videos to the console.

Finally, the HDMI-in is a bit of a mystery as well. Could it be for set-top box functionality or does Microsoft have DVR functionality in mind? At this point, it's up for interpretation.

Microsoft is expected to unveil the next gen Xbox sometime in the first half of 2013. Some reports suggest a March timeline while others point to a June announcement

Source: VGleaks | Image courtesy of VGleaks

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