News Xbox 720 to integrate AMD CPU?

Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Next Xbox Rumored to be Powered by X86 AMD CPUs

Xbox 720 to integrate AMD CPU?

Xbox 720 third-party concept art.

With the PlayStation 4 recently announced, and nothing from Microsoft on the next Xbox, the rumor mill has been ablaze with buzz about the next Xbox console from the software giant.

The latest rumor, as reported by Bloomberg, is that the follow-up to the Xbox 360 will be powered by the X86 platform — specifically with AMD processors. This could take Microsoft into similar territory as Sony, which announced in its Feb. 20 conference, that the PlayStation 4 would be using AMD as well.

What Does That Mean For Us?

If this rumor turns out to be true, one of the most important things to gamers that gets effected by Microsoft’s decision would be that the “NextBox” would likely be incapable of backwards compatibility. While the Xbox 360 was capable of playing certain Xbox games via software patches, there was a good portion of games that simply weren’t available to play.

It may be easier to create software to render specific graphics card rules if MS also uses ATI graphics in the system, since the Xbox 360 uses a custom ATI graphics chip. But differences in CPU architecture may be more difficult to render via software.

More Microsoft Rumors?

Another rumor churning its way around the mill — coming from The Verge — is that Microsoft may be holding an Xbox event, similar to what Sony held in February, to show off the next system.

I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping Microsoft can clear up whether or not the system is required to be online at all times. I’ve had an Xbox since the 2001 original and would hate to have to switch because of something so small. Hasn’t the SimCity disaster taught us anything of always-on DRM?

What are some possibilities of the next Xbox that excite you?

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