Next Xbox to Include Blu-ray, Mandatory Internet Connection

According to VG 24/7’s multiple sources, Microsoft’s next iteration of the Xbox will include a Blu-ray drive as its new format for games. In addition to this, the console allegedly needs to be online constantly as a means to counteract game piracy.

The site’s informants also relayed what people should expect from the upcoming console’s technical aspect. This info was supposedly revealed as Microsoft has now “detailed” the next Xbox to certain partners and even confirmed that the console will be out on Christmas of 2013.

Multiple sources has confirmed that the console will have two GPUs and that it’s “like two PCs taped together.”

Allegedly, the graphics cards are thought to be the equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series CPUs – but not “Crossfire or SLI.” The GPUs – or graphics processing unit – aren’t made to like a normal dual PC configuration in which two chips take in turns to draw lines of the same object. It’s stated that the “Xbox 720” will be able to work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously.

These same sources also claim that there will be “four or six” cores to the Xbox 720 CPU, one of which will be reserved for Microsoft’s motion-controller Kinect, while the other CPU will power the system’s Operating System (OS).

Speaking of Kinect, the sources also claim that the next-generation of Kinect will be built and packaged into the console itself.

Keep in mind that these are all rumors until confirmed by Microsoft – though chances are, they’ll answer with their now-standard “we don’t comment on rumors or speculations” plea most companies use nowadays.

We’ll have more news about this as the situation develops.

Source: VG 24/7