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Microsoft Corp., which is rumoured to launch its next-generation game console this year, has reportedly started preparations for an official unveiling of the next-generation Xbox system. The event is expected to take place in April and recently a Microsoft contract event planner has registered a domain name that is believed to be used to register attendees.

The world’s largest software developer is now projected to show the Xbox Next game console code-named “Durango” at a “one-off media event in early April”, reports CVG web-site. In the meantime, Eventcore, a Microsoft partner that helped to organize Xbox-related media events in the past, this week registered domain name, which may signals that the preparations have started.

Keeping in mind that Game Developers Conference, one of the most important trade-shows for the video game industry, takes place in March, 2013, it is impossible to imagine that the company’s executives and engineers do not talk about the Xbox Next at the show, at least behind closed doors.

For Microsoft, it is crucial to announce the Xbox Next console as soon as possible because gamers’ confidence in the future of the platform in general results into better sales of existing consoles, the Xbox 360.

Microsoft Xbox Next “Durango” is expected to be architecturally similar to the PlayStation 4. It is believed that the future Xbox will be powered by AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console is projected to feature hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive as well as robust Xbox Live online service.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Durango, AMD, Xbox Next, Jaguar, Radeon, GCN, Sony, Playstation, Orbis


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from what i read so far the ps4 looks very promising and the 720 looks rather meek next to it.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/22/13 04:37:49 PM]
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As long as Ballmer unveils it himself dressed as the Halo guy and goes crazy on stage firing rounds into the air and shouting "I love this company... Yeahhhhhh!!!"

But seriously, I hope MS does choose a HSA APU. My feeling is that AMD would not deliver a dud product to ruin their own or Microsoft's reputation.

And btw, you might be interested in this related story that appeared in a newspaper in Sydney yesterday. This hacker was amongst a group who stole secret info regarding the new Xbox.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/22/13 05:34:06 PM]
I think it's up to MS to decide what GPU they'll include. If MS decided to spend more money on other features such as Kinect 2 instead of allocating more towards the GPU, the graphics card could end up weaker than PS4's.
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/25/13 08:02:27 AM]
right on the money buddy!!.. they have gone the horrid WiiU direction with funds allocation!
0 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/25/13 03:54:51 PM]
The PS4 has pretty much stomped all over the xbox next and the wiiU is history before it even started.
0 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/25/13 04:01:43 PM]


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