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Microsoft Corp. has reportedly decided to delay the formal announcement of its next-generation Xbox video game console code-named Durango due to unknown reasons. Instead of unveiling the first details in mid-April, the world’s largest software developer will formally reveal the new console in the second half of May.

“That April Xbox announce? Pushed back a month. […] We will see what happens on May 21, actually,” said Paul Thurrot,a  technology expert with knowledge of Microsoft’s internal plans, on his Twitter recently.

Back in February the media noticed that one of AMD’s event partners had registered xboxevent.com and started to prepare an event scheduled on mid-April. Given that Microsoft had a window to formally unveil its new console between Game Developers Conference in late March and E3 in early June, from Microsoft prospective the even has not been delayed. However, the reasons to reschedule it from April to May is completely unclear.

Late last week GameStop, a major video game retailer, confirmed that while Microsoft’s final plans for the Xbox Next launch were not officially set, the store chain is getting ready to sell the new console from the software giant.

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.

A number of market observers believe that Microsoft is delaying the presentation of the Xbox Next because it wants to improve specifications of the console so that to match competing Sony PlayStation 3 in terms of performance.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

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

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Rumour has it that the Xbox will force gamers to play in tablet mode and joystick settings will be hidden by the fancy UI.

Addit: Have a beer and chill out thumb-downers.
1 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/03/13 09:03:39 AM]
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It would be very interesting to see if Microsoft does up the specs to match the PS4.

Currently PS4 has much faster GDDR5 VS DDR3 and much faster GCN chip with almost double the cores.
1 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 04/03/13 04:59:15 PM]
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No double the cores, about 50% more (1152 vs. 768).

Xbox Durango rumoured:

768 SPs @ 800mhz + 68GB/sec - HD7770

PS4:

1152 SPs @ 800mhz + 176GB/sec ~ HD7850 2GB (actually should be slightly faster).

PS4's GPU is looking at least 50% faster:
http://www.computerbase.d...x-650-ti-boost-im-test/3/

Also, Sony is allowing developers to access lower level of hardware coding. That should give PS4 an added advantage even if Xbox next matches PS4's specs.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/04/13 12:06:17 AM]
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Sony will also have a content advantage.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/04/13 03:25:32 AM]
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