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#37 Nyt_Ryda

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

You talking about the PS4 or your next computer? :P


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:00 PM

I don't want to piggy back posts so I will just remove my completely useless not so witty comment and replace it with this juicy tidbit. Though I will not update the original post ...because it just seems to be more fiction than fact. We'll see though in coming months.

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According to the latest issue of Xbox World magazine, devkits for Microsoft's next generation console are already in the wild, and were shipped to developers in March. The first devkits reached a select number of developers after Microsoft's hush-hush developer's conference in London on February 28, 2012. The purpose of the conference was to brief European representatives on the new hardware, which is codenamed Durango - the meeting was subsequently confirmed by a senior technical artist at Crytek, who tweeted that he was "enjoying the Durango developers summit in London. So far, great swag and interesting talks." Further meetings were held for American developers at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, with Durango devkits shipping "shortly afterwards."

The publication states that current devkits will not mirror the final hardware in appearance, however, initial specifications are representative of the console set to ship in late 2013. Sources close to Xbox World magazine have revealed that Durango's devkit features a "monster" 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU, a GPU comparable to AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cards, and a Blu-Ray optical drive.

"Even if you had a 16-core processor in your gaming PC there are currently no games built to use it, but games for the next Xbox could put all sixteen cores to work on day one for a level of performance far in excess of current gaming PCs. It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power."

Discrete sources at GDC also confirmed to the publication that developers expect Sony's Playstation 4 to be more powerful than the next Xbox, and that various studios are aiming to unveil their next generation software at E3 2012 in June, regardless of whether "Microsoft and Sony are ready or not."

"Regardless of whether the next Xbox makes it to E3, the arrival of those Durango devkits is the starting gun for the next generation and once again Microsoft have beaten Sony out of the gate by getting hardware into the developers' hands first. Sony keep denying any possibility of PS4 at E3 2012 too, but if they don't move fast Microsoft could roll into June's LA showcase with dozens of next-generation exclusives from third-parties. When Epic shows that first Unreal 4 demo they'll only have one console platform to talk about - call it Durango, call it 720, call it what you like, but if Microsoft move fast it might be the only game in town."


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:06 PM

Screw it - gonna piggy back posts and just leave this here for you guys since I don't post from home or on the weekends.



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Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

16 core PowerPc? Hmmmmm I don't know about that.




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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

16 core PowerPc? Hmmmmm I don't know about that.
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Why the hell is everyone on the IBM CPU bandwagon (except Sony, which used the next worst thing lol) :yucky:

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

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Why the hell is everyone on the IBM CPU bandwagon (except Sony, which used the next worst thing lol) :yucky:

I was wondering the same thing. Is it something to do with piracy? Price? I just don't know.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

I was wondering the same thing. Is it something to do with piracy? Price? I just don't know.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:14 PM

I was wondering the same thing. Is it something to do with piracy? Price? I just don't know.

I remember my Core 2 Duo 2.2ghz on my old laptop would out render the 2.5ghz quad core Power PC Macs at our school, such POS's :lol:

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:18 PM

Why would the 720 even need 16 cores?

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

You guys are thinking in terms of a personal computer and not a game console. A game console has only one configuration so the games can be optimized far better for it.


Game console != PC, no matter how much things are claimed otherwise.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:24 PM

You guys are thinking in terms of a personal computer and not a game console. A game console has only one configuration so the games can be optimized far better for it.

Game console != PC, no matter how much things are claimed otherwise.

And that makes it ok to use junk?? I bet a similarly priced Intel or AMD CPU would be much better

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

And that makes it ok to use junk?? I bet a similarly priced Intel or AMD CPU would be much better


Right, because I forget how every rumor is fact. :rolleyes: Are you listening to yourself? Everything, and I mean everything, being reported is rumor, meaning nothing is official. Who gives a damn what rumors say about stuff months or years before a console is launched or even announced. The PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox are not announced so everything coming out is a rumor. The Wii U is announced, but aside from a few snippets of information, everything else is a rumor.

Processors do evolve over time. So even if the Wii U is running a PowerPC processor, who says it can't be better than past ones?

Maybe you're forgetting the Wii, PS3, and 360 all use a PowerPC processor or some variation of it. The current Power7 has eight cores, with four threads per core, to give it 32 threads running at once. Maybe the Power8, if the Wii U does use that, will double whatever the Power7 is currently at.



Besides, both the Next Xbox and PS4 are rumored (there's that word again) to be running an AMD CPU. Only the Wii U has been mentioned with a PowerPC processor.

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