As rumours mount over an E3 showing of a new Xbox console (and, of course, a new PlayStation one) this year, reports are starting to emerge about the chipsets these new machines will be using. The latest comes from IGN, who have gone on record stating a few cold, hard facts about whatever Microsoft’s next device will be called.
First up, though – a date. “The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year,” says the site, suggesting that it’ll have “six times the processing power of the Xbox 360.”[drop2]Earlier reports from Fudzilla and SemiAccurate have pinned the same sort of dates, with production kicking off in a matter of months before the public will be able to get their hands on next gen for Christmas 2013.
However, IGN’s sources have downgraded speculation regarding the graphic chip, saying it’ll be based on the 6000 series, not AMD’s 7000 series.
In fact, they say it’ll be close to a Radeon HD 6670, which offers multiple display output, 3D and 1080p alongside support for DirectX 11. This is what’s giving IGN the “six times” headline, but it also locks the console – in raw numbers at least – at around 20% greater performance than the upcoming Wii U.
The 6670 might be much better than the chipset in the current 360, but it’s not exactly cutting edge now. Modern PCs are already way beyond what the Radeon can do, so it’s disappointing that Microsoft are – if this is all true of course – playing it safe (and cheap) with the graphics.