Rumor: Next Xbox to have 16 cores in processor?

Is the next version of the Xbox game console from Microsoft going to have a CPU with a ton of cores inside? That's the claim from the UK-based print magazine Xbox World. Venture Beat reports that according to the print article, the next Xbox will have a processor based on IBM's PowerPC design that will have a whopping 16 cores inside. By comparison, the Xbox 360 only has three cores in its CPU.

The article also says that the next Xbox will have a GPU from AMD that will be based on the Radeon 7000 series graphics chip. This new rumor claims that development kits for the next Xbox have been sent to some game developers in March.

Unconfirmed reports claim that Microsoft might try to launch the next Xbox by the end of 2013. Sony is reportedly going to try to beat Microsoft to market with its follow-up to the Playstation 3, which one web site, Kotaku, claims has the code-name Orbis. The next Sony game console could have AMD making both the CPU and GPU. Finally, Nintendo has plans to release the Wii U by the end of 2012 but new, unconfirmed, claims have its graphics  as powerful as the Xbox 360 or the PS3.

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Please, God, if this is true and 343's trying to max out the performance of the current Xbox, What would it be like on the new Xbox if these rumors were true!?

I've always wanted games that could max out the performance basically. If the new Xbox is going to have 16 cores, it better be worth the overheat.

watchthisspace said,
If programmers struggle to code for 4+ cores efficiently, 16 is just asking for trouble. I think a likely 4 core CPU more likely.

Who's to say all 16 HAVE to be used for the game? I heard another report saying that certain cores were going to be dedicated to things like Kinect, or the console OS itself. Also utilising all the cores isn't that hard if you write your app properly,. So if Microsoft delivers kick-ass dev tools like they're famous for, then there's no reason 10+ of these rumoured 16 cores couldn't be used for games.

TCLN Ryster said,

Who's to say all 16 HAVE to be used for the game? I heard another report saying that certain cores were going to be dedicated to things like Kinect, or the console OS itself. Also utilising all the cores isn't that hard if you write your app properly,. So if Microsoft delivers kick-ass dev tools like they're famous for, then there's no reason 10+ of these rumoured 16 cores couldn't be used for games.

Show me one app that is currently written correctly, hell most apps cant even use my 8 cores and all of the sudden they will use 16 on Xbox? Lolno.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Show me one app that is currently written correctly, hell most apps cant even use my 8 cores and all of the sudden they will use 16 on Xbox? Lolno.


Any Video editing, Music creating or CPU benchmark program, Lulz.

watchthisspace said,
If programmers struggle to code for 4+ cores efficiently, 16 is just asking for trouble. I think a likely 4 core CPU more likely.

For all you know, the OS could handle a lot of this work for them... Windows has features to do the same, and seems to be a focus of Windows 8. What do you want to bet Microsoft would be able to carry that work over to the next XBox's OS?

Warboy said,


Any Video editing, Music creating or CPU benchmark program, Lulz.

CPU benchmark? Are you mad, it's the most usless program out there what should die, you don't run your benchmarks 24/7 so bringing that into comparsion is invalid. Oh and actually non of the CPU benchmarks on Windows can't still use BD architecture...

Agreed. More than 4 cores would probably be a waste and give the developers a massive headache. But what concerns me more is the AMD GPU based on ATI's crappy cards. Do no want!

Gornot said,
Agreed. More than 4 cores would probably be a waste and give the developers a massive headache. But what concerns me more is the AMD GPU based on ATI's crappy cards. Do no want!

Lol, AMDs graphics cards are more powerful than NVIDIA. lol

BumbleBritches57 said,
Lol, AMDs graphics cards are more powerful than NVIDIA. lol

Benchmarks say otherwise.

16 cores might be overkill now, but not 4~5yrs down the road when devs and techniques are more advanced. At that time, they will be more adapt to multi-threaded processing. I just hope they give the system enough RAM and don't bottleneck it anywhere. Nothing wrong with ATi gfx cards.

i Dont think it is a 16 Core chip if this rumor turns out to be true it is more likely a chip based on the Power 7 design same as the Wii U that is capable of 4 threads per a core so this may just be a 16 threaded quad core

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