A relatively low-end estimate by high-end console standards, if true, the rumoured 1.66GHz Xbox 720 processor would seem a considerable step back from the 3.2GHz three-core offering currently found residing within the dominant Xbox 360.
Things are not as straight forward as these on-paper figures, however, with further recent Xbox 720 rumours suggesting the Nintendo Wii U rival will touch down in the near future with a hefty eight-core processor in tow. Despite landing more than half a decade after the original Xbox 360, the new Nintendo Wii U hosts a 1.2GHz processor.
The latest claimed leaks, which come courtesy of renowned hacker and repeated gaming tipster Hector Martin, and reported by Gameranx, saw the apparent industry sources take to Twitter and cite unnamed sources in speculating on the Xbox 720 specs.
“If you want more evident that MHz isn’t everything, a little birdie points out that Durango (Xbox 720) is specc’ed to have a 1.6GHz CPU,” Martin tweeted.
Xbox 720 Rumours
Whilst, as with all Xbox 720 rumours, Martin’s comments should be taken with a considerable pinch of salt, it is looking increasingly likely that Microsoft’s next-generation console will be with us sooner rather than later.
With a flurry of reports suggesting that an autumn 2013 Xbox 720 release date is on the cards following an E3 2013 unveiling, Stainless Games COO, Matt Edmunds, recently exclusively told Trusted Reviews that “next year is probably the right time for the new consoles.”
Further, more speculative Xbox 720 rumours, have suggested that Microsoft will do away with physical gaming media such as discs in favour of a wholly digital offering. Due to limited global high-speed internet access, however, it is not believed these plans will be put into practise.