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The more pieces of information, analytics, expectations or rumours emerge about the Xbox 360's successor, the more mysterious Microsoft Corp.'s future Xbox game system becomes. Even its code-name is not known exactly: Loop or Durango?

Microsoft has ruled out possibility of showing off its next-generation Xbox video game console at the E3 trade-show this year. Nonetheless, it does not mean that Microsoft is preparing itself for an inevitable release of a new Xbox. Earlier this year rumours transpired that Microsoft had begun to ship Xbox Next hardware development kits to game developers. Now, it is reported that Flextronics had started what is believed to be test production of the new Xbox console.

According to a source of IGN web-site, "assembly of the next-generation Xbox hardware" started recently at the Austin, Texas-based facility of Flextronics. The contract manufacturer reportedly established an independent "testing group" that was "solely dedicated to comprehensive marketing, software, and hardware tests of the next Xbox" and afterwards Flextronics "started building the hardware".

While it is not exactly known, what  Flextronics does in its facility in Austin, Texas [jobs ads point to actual manufacturing, but this is not a proof of anything], the claim that the company created a "test group" doing "marketing" things for Microsoft does not exactly sound credible. On the other hand, the "test group" could be a team looking out for the most efficient ways to produce Microsoft's Xbox Next. The latter alleged fact could mean that Microsoft has begun to make hardware development kits for a wide range of game designers.

Flextronics did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Loop, Durango, Xbox Next

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Hardware details should be interesting...
2 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/06/12 02:35:09 AM]
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I just really hope neither company (Sony or MS) tries to penny pinch and release severely limited system eg with a mid range graphics card from the last generation which is what the rumours are at the moment i believe.

Consoles need to be on the absolute bleeding edge when they come out as they are around for so freakin long!!
1 1 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 05/06/12 04:24:47 PM]
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PS4 is rumored to have Llano A8-3870K with HD6670 discrete. Xbox next will be even worse since it's a 4C/16T CPU with HD6670.

In all honestly by Q4 2013/Q1 2014, it wouldn't be unreasonable to fit a mobile version of HD7850 (HD7970M) or GTX670 mobile. But looks like MS and Sony are following Nintendo and trying to even make $ on the hardware, which means penny pinching.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/06/12 10:20:14 PM]
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Theres 2 new xbox's comming out, 1 is arm based console / tv box with windows phone 8 games, the other is a proper gaming machine. It is hard to know which one this article is about / or which is being tested.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 05/07/12 09:41:39 AM]
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This was an interesting article about the PS4:

http://semiaccurate.com/2...-x86-cpu-with-an-amd-gpu/

Didn't really follow it all but seemed like Charlie was pretty excited about the potential.
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 05/07/12 12:51:26 PM]
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This is a bit more like it:

http://www.tomshardware.c...microsoft,news-38266.html

I was still hoping for 100GHz Graphene cores but i guess that will be in the Galaxy S4.
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 05/08/12 12:47:17 PM]
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