Official Next-Gen Xbox Specs Supposedly Leaked, Looks Like a PC

The website VGleaks has purportedly revealed the official specs of the next-generation Xbox console, codenamed Durango. Most of the specs are in line with previous rumors, which consist something along the line of an 8-core x64 CPU and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. There is no confirmation on the GPU manufacturer, but earlier rumors point to an AMD Radeon 7900-based GPU. 

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Block diagram of rumored Xbox Durango (Image credit: vgleaks.com)

VGleaks also released a system diagram of the next Xbox, which gives the leak some potential credibility. The specs also reaffirm past speculation of a built-in Kinect and Blu-ray drive. If everything is to believed from the leaked specs, the upcoming Xbox could look very much like off-the-shelf PC hardware; in fact, there is further speculation that the new Xbox could run a full OS like Windows 8 underneath the hood.

Microsoft is in the process of consolidating all their hardware and software assets to run under the new WinRT kernel. Thus, the possibility of the next Xbox running the same Windows 8 system might not be far off. Check the leaked specs below and see for yourself if the next Xbox is a full-on PC or not:

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

[VGleaks via Microsoft-News]

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