What’s this? Graphics giant AMD has told the American version of Official Xbox Magazine that the next Xbox console will be capable of producing graphics on a par with those seen in James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster, Avatar. Yes, the movie, not the game tie-in… but you’re not that dense, are you?
Despite the fact that AMD is the company behind the graphics capabilities in the current Xbox 360 console, they are not commenting on whether Microsoft has approached them to do the same for the next Xbox. What they have said is that gamers have reason to be excited, because on top of a major advancement in graphical output, the next Xbox will feature AI capabilities beyond anything already experienced. The example provided by AMD was one in which each individual pedestrian in a game like Grand Theft Auto IV would have unique character traits. This would mean each of them would react to your actions in unique ways based on their traits. That sounds like a ton of programming to me.
Don’t get too excited just yet, as this is PR hyperbole from a company that refuses to admit to being part of a piece of hardware that hasn’t even been officially announced. It has been thought that Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox at E3 in 2012.