Rumor: Xbox 720 to Have 'Ridiculously Powerful' 16-Core CPU

Microsoft has been pretty adamant that it won't be bringing the Xbox 720 to E3 2012 but the gossip and rumors about the console rage on regardless. Today's outlandish rumor comes courtesy of Xbox World, which is reporting that the new Xbox will have a 16-core CPU.

The report says that Durango developer kits were sent out last month and while they don't resemble the finished product as far as appearance is concerned, the guts of these kits is representative of the console that is expected next year. We had already heard that the new Xbox 720, codenamed Durango, would pack something along the lines of AMD's Radeon 7000-series in terms of graphics, and XBW is reporting the same, along with a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU.

"It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even," the reports states. "But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power."

As usual, Microsoft hasn't commented on the rumors, preferring instead to stay quiet and let these reports stew away. Still, on the off chance they do comment, we'll be sure to keep you posted.

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  • Herr_Koos
    Even the name is a rumour at this point... Microsoft have never said that they'll be calling it the 720.
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  • Anonymous
    16 core really from a tech news website....

    its 16 threads
    4cores each core with 4 threads
    4x4=16 threads
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  • contrasia
    o come on16 core really from a tech news website....its 16 threads 4cores each core with 4 threads 4x4=16 threads


    Actually 12 cores CPU's have been going for a while now: http://blogs.amd.com/work/2010/03/28/welcome-to-the-world-of-12-cores/
    That post about their first 12 core CPU was back in 2010. There's no reason for a home user to have that many cores, and it's really expensive, which is why it's in the background, because only businesses need to know. By the time the X720 (or whatever) gets released, it might be more affordable, though I seriously doubt it'd be 16 cores. There's no actual benefit to having 16cores for a console at the moment, or even the near future (Next 5 years+). That talk about thing about Kinect, even if it's true that it takes an entire core for one person (Which is incredibly insane and very inefficient), by the time it gets released it'd make sense that their level of efficiency with the device and programming would've reached a new level, requiring less for more. If they don't, then they arn't doing their jobs right.
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