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A web-site reported on Thursday that Microsoft Corp. decided to code-name its next-generation Xbox game console "Durango". Previously it was reported that the software giant's future console is code-named "Loop".

According to "multiple sources" of Kotaku web-site, Microsoft Xbox Next will be code-named Durango until it is released to public sometimes in 2013 or 2014. Earlier a leaked Microsoft roadmap suggested that the code-name of Microsoft's future gaming system was Loop. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not confirm either code-name officially, therefore, both may have to do something with the next-gen Xbox.

The currently available Xbox 360 carried various code-names before it was officially unveiled, including Xenon, Xbox 2 and even Xbox FS. As it later turned out, Xenon was the code-name of an exact design (mainboard, CPU, GPU, etc.) of the Xbox 360: the one that was available at launch. More advanced versions of the X360 were code-named Zephyr, Falcon, Opus, Jasper, Trinity/Valhalla and Corona.

While it is unknown for sure, the whole Xbox Next project may be called Loop, whereas the first commercial version of the system can carry the code-name Durango.

Rumours suggest that Microsoft has already started to send development kit of Xbox Loop video game console to game developers. It was reported in January that contract manufacturers had already started to produce system-on-chips for Xbox Next development kit. The SoCs are reportedly code-named Oban and feature PowerPC microprocessor cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics processing engine based on the so-called GCN (graphics core next) architecture. Earlier it was reported that Xbox Next would feature an ARM-based heterogeneous system-on-chip (SoC) with  multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Xbox Loop, 32nm, Globalfoundries, IBM, Durango

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Microsoft Xbox Loop

Microsoft Xbox Next

Microsoft Xbox720

What will it be???
1 1 [Posted by: Bo_Fox  | Date: 02/16/12 08:31:47 PM]
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More importantly, who cares?

Hardware specs = interesting
Random code names = meaningless
3 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 02/17/12 06:43:43 AM]
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My guess is the final name will be the 720, since loop and Durango are prob beta stage code-names.
0 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/17/12 09:47:17 AM]
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The way things were going I was almost expecting Xbox Ribbon or Xbox Metro...
0 1 [Posted by: Kyrono  | Date: 02/17/12 10:20:23 AM]
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not out until 2013/14... not much point in what its called its a long way off.. and if they ship if in 2014 with a 40nm HD6670 GPU then they will be asking for Nintendo to take the crown!
1 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/19/12 02:39:07 PM]
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Lets keep it simple and call it Xbox 3

and if they ship if in 2014 with a 40nm HD6670 GPU then they will be asking for Nintendo to take the crown!


Its only based on the 6670, we have no clue what they might have changed.
0 0 [Posted by: SRG81  | Date: 02/19/12 03:45:35 PM]
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Even if its based of a 6670.. thats will still be an Archaic GPU based on 40nm tech when its laucnhed in "2014"! The latest ipad or mobile phone would have faster graphics by then and why not connect your ipad and phone to the TV and play games on that VS the outdated pointless consol with worse hardware! in 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/21/12 07:29:56 PM]
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