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New Xbox

Leaked specs for next Xbox reveals blu-ray drive, 8GB ram and 8-core CPU

 reports that it is has supposedly received the leaked system specs for the next-gen Xbox. The site also reports that in the coming weeks it will leak the system specs for Sony’s new console, codenamed “Orbis”. Both consoles are rumored for a March launch. Currently, the favoured name for the new Xbox is “Durango” (the D is silent) and without wasting any time, these are the rumored specs for Microsoft’s latest console:


  • x64 Architecture
  • 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)
  • each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache
  • each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache
  • each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources
  • each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock


  • custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor
  • 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads
  • each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle
  • at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second
  • High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present

Storage and Memory:

  • 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)
  • 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)
  • from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.
  • Hard drive is always present
  • 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive


  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct

Hardware Accelerators:

  • Move engines
  • Image, video, and audio codecs
  • Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
  • Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing

That’s a lot to process. Most interesting of all is Microsoft’s change to blu-ray, which is in all likelihood, a smart move commercially. Sit back, digest the specs and dream of the day we get to play with Microsoft’s new wonder-toy.


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