From past few weeks, we have been hearing various reports that Microsoft will put into its next model in its Xbox series, the 720. Through mid-lifespan upgrade, we saw the launch of S controller and it was put into 360. If you think that Xbox 360 is the ultimate evolution, you would be happy to know that 720 would probably share the same design, but yet offer a whole lot more. The recent announcement of Sony’s PS4 has compelled Microsoft to promote their plans of Xbox 720 launch, ensuring that it matches up with the latest Sony’s offering. According to the sources, 720’s new controllers and otherupdates are done with.
Company has decided to make use of the existing controller design, but it’ll surely be aligned with what Sony has recently announced. The main difference between the current and previous controller would be the graphic design.
The new 720 model would be as trendy as 360, without the openly terrible hardware breakdowns that blighted its early days. The new Xbox 720, with its powerful and reliable components has very similar specs as that of Sony PS4. It is also said that the new model will feature reduced graphic effectiveness, and it’s not surprising to see Microsoft following Sony’s foot-steps.
The CPU of the model will be 1.6GHz AMD Jaguar-based just like that of the PS4 again (no points for guessing that!); it would be cross-platform for game developers and much easier to operate than the current platform.
It’s likely to come with AMD’s 7000 graphics that is based on its 28nm GCN tech. Some reports even suggest that console will use 2 GPUs and there won’t be any CrossFire configuration.
The new console is capable of generating 60fps and 1080p and also can handle the processing power needed for 3D rendering. It will have 12 processing clusters and might use comparatively less power.
It is said that it’ll arrive the market during Christmas of 2013; further reports suggest that Microsoft is planning to shift the release to November or October and might make its debut at E3 this June.
Microsoft hasn’t yet commented on the release dates or pricing, but it is certainly watching the moves of Sony and Nintendo. Tony Bartlet, president of GameStop said that PlayStation 4 console is getting some updates and there is also talk of second console, but it’ll be out only in 2014. Since Sony unveiled PS4, it would make much sense for Microsoft to release Xbox 720 soon enough too; so you can certainly expect to see Microsoft making a move shortly.
It is also been heard that new Xbox 720 will have some forced symbiotic connection with the web and most of the details will be out at E3 2013. Looking at the price of the earlier models, Xbox 720 would be competitively priced around$300 (£250).