It’s been at least a week since we’ve had a next Xbox console rumour, so here’s this week’s Nextbox 720 report: according to IGN’s sources, Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360 will hit retail outlets in “fall 2013”, or sometime between September to November for us here in South Africa.
The Xbox 720 (God, please don’t let them call it that) will be based off AMD’s Radeon 6000 series of GPUs – more specifically the Radeon HD 6670. This will give the new Xbox console raw graphics processing power that is six times the current console generation’s capabilities. It should also feature, if the current PC equivalent of this card is anything to go by, DirectX 11. IGN also notes that this would make the new Xbox console roughly 20 percent more powerful than Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console.
Production of the 32nm processor should start in full by December of this year; the chipset is supposedly codenamed Oban, which incidentally is also the name of a Scottish distillery that makes a mean single malt whisky. This can only mean that the next Xbox will also allow you to distil your own gaming whisky, a feature many people believe is lacking from console models.