Next Xbox Out In Oct/Nov 2013, Chips Already Being Made

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Time for the latest instalment of "shit people are saying/guessing about the next Xbox console"! This week we have two reports, one from IGN and the other from Fudzilla.

The IGN rumour says the next console will be out in October or November next year, and that it's graphics processor will be based on the existing Radeon HD 6670 (pictured). It also states that "In real terms, the Xbox 720's raw graphics processing power is expected to be six times that of the Xbox 360 and will yield 20-percent greater performance than Nintendo's forthcoming console, the Wii U."

The Fudzilla report, meanwhile, reckons the new Xbox's chip is called "Odan", and that IBM and Global Foundries began manufacturing it in December 2011.

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Next week? Who knows! The Wall Street Journal might say the next Xbox can bake cookies, and will be built entirely out of balsa wood at a factory in Belgium.

Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen [IGN]

Oban initial product run is real [Fudzilla]

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Haha, IGN got to be kidding, because a HD 6670 is slower than the rumored Wii U which got the power of a HD 4850; a HD 4850 is a lot faster in raw power, it has more shaders, more raster operators, although it does lack DX11 features, but DX10.1 features are more than enough. And it already supports tessellation, I believe it's AMD's own version which was only shown in AMD's own tech demos.

Here's a Passmark where the HD 4850 has a higher score (higher is better): [www.videocardbenchmark.net]

Here's some examples of differences between DX 10.1 vs. DX11 (Stalker):

[www.firingsquad.com]

To me there's not much of a difference that I would say: "wow, the DX10.1 version is sooo ugly!"