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Specifications for the so-called Xbox 720 console have apparently been leaked, revealing a number of interesting components.

Over on the appropriately title vgleaks, specs have been posted for the next generation Xbox console from Microsoft, code-named Durango.

The leaks suggest a device that's very similar in many respects to the previously leaked PS4 (code-named Orbis). If anything, the Xbox 720 might come up a little short of the PS4 in terms of pure graphical power, but it has a couple of other tricks up its sleeve.

Whilst the following specifications are still effectively just rumour and speculation, they do appear to be the real deal.

Xbox 720 Specs

The Xbox 720 will run on the same 8-core AMD CPU as the PlayStation 4, clocked at the same 1.6GHz. This will be married to 8GB of RAM - double the amount of its rival - along with 32MB of super-fast ESRAM hooked up directly to the GPU.

Speaking of which, the main point of differentiation between the two next-gen consoles here would appear to be the GPU. The Xbox 720's 12-core GPU appears to lag behind the PS4's 18-core example by quite a margin - at least on paper.

Other interesting snippets from this report include the claim that the Xbox 720 will feature a Blu-ray drive, as well as a fixed hard drive (the Xbox 360's has always been removable).

The console will also feature what appears to be an accelerated hardware video encoder and an HDMI input. This would open the possibility of recording TV content from your dedicated set-top box to your new console. You could also import footage from your camcorder directly to the Xbox 720 console.

We don't know when the Xbox 720 or Durango will hit the shops, but all reports point to both next-gen consoles being available in time for Christmas 2013. It's believed that the Microsoft console will be unveiled at E3 in June.

Are you excited by these leaked Xbox 720 specs, or disappointed that it might fall short of the PS4 in pure graphical clout? Let us know through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds, or use the comments box below to share your thoughts on the matter.

Via: Eurogamer

Chris Beach

January 22, 2013, 12:17 pm

Given that fast directly attached memory played a significant part in making most cross-platform games look and play 'better' on the 360, its surprising Sony didn't do the same.

As for the GPU, there's no proper definition of core, so having 12 or 18 is meaningless...do we even know if they are AMD or Nvidia? Even that doesn't help completely as the 'cores' changed in both camps with the latest architectures.

And hopefully the fixed HDD is in addition to removable.

The bluray/recording capabilities does fit MS's current stance on the xbox, its a media consumption device not a console :)

Oberoth

January 22, 2013, 8:59 pm

That goes for CPUs too, yes it might be an 8-core AMD CPU but what does that core contain, which core is it using? How much cache? What has been left out to cut costs?...

Calcifer

January 23, 2013, 4:50 am

I hate to burst Xbox fans bubble but Ram has very little effect on graphical content. For PC games aside from the speed of the Ram which assists in loading multiple instances of objects in a rendered environment, what will display them and all their effect (particles etc) will be graphics card power and what will control their behaviour and ensure smooth running will be the CPU.

Ram plays a very minor part (once the role has been filled of course) especially on consoles where the set specs make it easier for developers to design games utilising the full feature set.

sjmleicester

January 23, 2013, 4:50 am

Fixed HDD could be a problem if the unit proves to be initally unreliable are the current Xbox 360 was. At least with that if you had a cheap back up machine you could swap the hard drive and off you went again. It would be very frustrating having to send the whole unit back to be repaired and Microsoft wiping your hard drive with all your games saves on it or just giving you a new unit which would have the same effect. It also presumably stopped people swapping in a higher capacity drive should they so wish.

Caleb JF Withers

February 9, 2013, 4:43 am

It could be like the ps3 where it isn't a quick switch but its still possible, thats why some people have 1 terabyte hard drives in their ps3. You just had to back up your data and then unscrew a few screws switch the hard drive and redo what you undid. The longest part was backing up your data. Other than that its great.

chad1980

February 16, 2013, 2:04 pm

People get so worked up over console specs look what we have now and what they can do with the little power they have, ram has to be the weakest part the the current consoles so 4 or 8 would be a nice bump, i dont care about console specs that much got my 3770k gtx 680 pc gaming rig for that, just want to be able to play exclusives on the consoles, people need to realize that you dont need as much power when they can optimize every once of power out of the consoles plus a smaller os than pc's. just think if a pc had ps3 or xbox specs you think it could run crysis 3 not a chance

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