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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