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73w ago - Today Microsoft spokesman Major Nelson has confirmed plans to officially reveal the next-generation XBox video gaming console at an event to be hosted on May 21st, 2013.

Below are the details, to quote: On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com. If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st at 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT (timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=%23XboxReveal&iso=20130521T10&p1=234&ah=1)

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Update: According to [Register or Login to view links], the platform will launch in November at $500, with a $300 XBox 720 also available. However, the $300 model will require consumers commit to two years of Xbox Live gold at an expected price of $10 month.

Finally, below are further details from Here Comes the Next XBox (via windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/here-comes-next-xbox), to quote:

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed that the next Xbox video game console, code-named Durango, will be revealed to the public during a special event at its Redmond campus on May 21. That event will kick off a multi-event unveiling that will continue through June and culminate with the release of the device, which is expected in early November.

On March 28, I exclusively revealed via Twitter that Microsoft had changed the original reveal date for the next Xbox from April 24 to May 21. So yesterday’s confirmation is interesting for two reasons, the least obvious of which is that the news came on April 24—the original date that the firm intended to reveal the next Xbox.

Here’s what I know about the next Xbox (along with some clearly identified conjecture).

  • Early announce. The initial reveal date was pushed back from April 24 to May 21 so that Microsoft could better position the device against the PlayStation 4, which Sony announced in late February.

  • Full (end user) announce. Microsoft will fully reveal details about the next Xbox, including the launch lineup of games, on the eve of the E3 tradeshow in early June 2013.

  • Developer announce? It appears that Microsoft will discuss the next Xbox developer platform at the Build conference in San Francisco in late June, based on clues on the Build website.

  • Launch. The next Xbox will launch in early November 2013.

  • Windows 8 Core. The next Xbox is based on the "Core" (base) version of Windows 8. This suggests a common apps platform or at least one that is similar to that used by Windows 8. It also suggests that Microsoft could open up this platform to enthusiast developers. (That last bit is supposition on my part.)

  • Price. Microsoft will initially offer two pricing models for the console: a standalone version for $499 and a $299 version that requires a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold commitment at an expected price of $10 per month.

  • No entertainment box. Microsoft originally planned to offer both a “full” version of the next Xbox (with video game playing capabilities) and a lower-end entertainment-oriented version, code-named “Yuma,” that didn't provide gaming capabilities. But plans for Yuma are on hold, and no pure entertainment version of the next Xbox will appear in 2013 (or possibly ever).

  • Blu-ray. The next Xbox will include a Blu-ray optical drive.

  • Internet-connected. The next Xbox must be Internet-connected to use. This is the source of the “always on”/“always online” rumors and isn’t as Draconian as many seem to believe.

  • Another Xbox 360. Microsoft will also deliver a third-generation Xbox 360 console this year that will be significantly less expensive than the current models. The new Xbox 360 is code-named “Stingray,” but it’s not clear whether this device is required because the next Xbox isn’t backward-compatible or because Microsoft simply wants a low-cost entertainment box alternative. (A third possibility- and to be clear, these possible reasons are all speculative- is that the Xbox 360 simply has life left in it and with dwindling component prices in the 8 years since the original launch, the firm can still make money selling such a device).

There’s a lot I don’t know, of course. The name is a big area of speculation, and while I’ve heard nothing official, I’d be surprised if Microsoft didn’t just called it Xbox. I’ve never seen the console, nor have any idea what it might look like.

And in addition to the aforementioned confusion over backward compatibility and the apps platform, there are questions surrounding Kinect (which I understand is integrated and non-optional) and of course the fabled (and possibly imaginary) Xbox Surface tablet. We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft announces -or what it leaks- to find out more.

On that note, Microsoft’s May event will be broadcast live via Xbox.com, over Xbox LIVE, and on Spike TV if you're in the United States or Canada."




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#14 - delta12 - 85w ago
Lost my words, some more rumored XBox 3 / 720 / Durango GPU details (via vgleaks.com/durango-gpu/):

Last week, we published a poll and you chose to know more about the Durango GPU. Wishes come true. We have splitted the article in three pages, don’t forget to read the whole work.

A better view of Durango’s GPU capabilities and performance.

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Durango brings the enhanced capabilities of a modern Direct3D 11 GPU to the console space. The Durango GPU is a departure from previous console generations both in raw performance and in structure.

The following table describes expected performance of the Durango GPU. Bear in mind that the table is based only on hardware specifications, not on actual hardware running actual code. For many reasons, theoretical peak performance can be difficult or impossible to achieve with real-world processing loads.


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#13 - xBullseye - 86w ago
Hopefully it doesn't have a failure rate of 80 something percent...

If a system is more than $300, thats quite and investment and you would hope to receive a quality product. Sadly this isn't always the case...

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#12 - PS3 News - 87w ago
Below are the rumored Microsoft Durango / XBox 720 / XBox 3 / XBox Loop specifications (via vgleaks.com/world-exclusive-durango-unveiled/) for those interested:

How are durango components connected? Here you can see the Durango system block diagram:

s3nint3!
Let’s check what’s inside the box:

CPU

  • 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.

GPU

  • 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.

Networking

  • 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.

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#11 - williecayote - 105w ago
Did i doze off for a long time or are we still back in April. This could be just one of many practical jokes that Microsoft has ever released that actually funny, LOL! If this console is even remotely true... NOT... this would be a badass console on steroids. LOL!!!

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#10 - babyjoe00069 - 105w ago
its totally fake come on guys look at it the yellow ring of death tested on people!!! lmao look at the pic it has the joystick on the console and yeah plug it into your body so you don't pay an electricity bill. lolololol definitely a fake but funny as hell.

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