AMD: Next Xbox console will have graphics with the detail of Avatar

There is a lot of speculation about what kind of hardware will be inside the next generation of Microsoft's Xbox console. However, a representative for graphics chip maker AMD is making some bold predictions about what the games of the next generation console will look like. The Examiner, using info from the Official Xbox Magazine, states that Neal Robison, the director of ISV relationships at AMD, claims that the next version of the Xbox should have graphics that will have the level of detail that was seen in Avatar (the movie, not the mediocre game adaptation).

In addition to high level of graphics, Robison also claims that the next generation of consoles will allow for higher degrees of game AI. For example, the article states that the hardware "will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality, meaning when you shoot a gun or run someone over they don't all just do the same thing."

It's important to point out that Microsoft has yet to announce any plans for a successor to the Xbox 360 and it may not do so for some time. In addition, AMD is not confirmed to be providing the graphics chips for the next console. Sales of the current Xbox 360 continue to be solid, thanks in part to 2010's Slim redesign and the launch of the Kinect motion controller camera so Microsoft may wait a while longer before revealing plans for the next version of its game console.

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