by Anton Shilov
04/03/2013 | 11:36 PM
Microsoft Corp. decided not to roll-out its next-generation Xbox console ahead of its arch-rival Sony Corp. Moreover, judging by unofficial leaks, the forthcoming code-named Durango system will be less powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4. However, Paul Raines, chief executive officer of GameStop, a major video game retailer, believes that the third-gen Xbox will be a competitive device.
"We have been spending a lot of time with Microsoft, but we have to let them take the lead on this, but it will be a very hot, compelling device. They are doing some really cool stuff, and I am eager to hear them start their announcements because I think the world is going to stand up and take notice," said Mr. Raines, in a conversation with GamesIndustry web-site.
Late last week GameStop 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. This week it transpired that the company wants to reveal the first official details about the new Xbox at an event on May 21, 2013, and remains committed to start selling the system this calendar year.
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. It is believed that Microsoft Xbox “Durango” has lower-performance graphics sub-system as well as slower memory sub-system when compared to Sony PS4.
An analysis of what is known about the Xbox Next clearly points to the fact that Microsoft had put a great deal of attention to make the Durango a high-quality general-purpose device for the living room, while compromising some of the gaming-related aspects (e.g., graphics performance). The video games for the Microsoft Xbox Next will clearly look better and feel better than titles developed for the Xbox 360 simply because of the eight-year gap in technologies under the hoods of the systems. However, only time will show how future-proof will be Microsoft’s Durango console for the core gamers who demand improvements of titles throughout the active lifetime of the console that could span for eight years, as in the case of the Xbox 360.
Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.