Rumor: Xbox 720 Set To Release November 2013
Author: William Usher
published: 2012-01-24 15:49:48
New information from "inside sources" are now saying that the Xbox 720 is clearly headed to the marketplace no earlier than October and no later than November 2013. They also say that the system will be running on AMD's Radeon HD 6670 cards.
According to IGN, sources close to them have revealed that the Xbox 720 will be six times more powerful than the current generation Xbox 360 and that it will be using AMD's GPU architecture, which isn't anything new given that AMD already confirmed Microsoft would be using their technology way back in July, 2011.
Additional rumors spread from "insider sources" say that Microsoft would also be using Hexcore processors and Crossfired AMD cards. So far, this holds completely and entirely true to what the sources at IGN are saying and this kind of information may not be far off from the truth given that Crossfired HD 6670 cards wouldn't put the Xbox 720 at the top of the graphics pack or even on par to the latest PC GPUs, but it would definitely future proof the console for a handful of years. This is also considering that the 6670s are budget-priced cards that wouldn't put much of a dent in the production of the Xbox 720. And we all know Microsoft doesn't want to repeat the financial fiasco that was the original Xbox, which sold at a loss.
Nevertheless, the only thing that's new in this rumor update is that the release date seems completely and entirely plausible this time around. However, with a November, 2013 release it basically guarantees that Microsoft will have to announce the console sometime this year to help break into the market against Nintendo and steal some of the thunder when the Wii U launches later this year during the holiday season.
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