Xbox 720 to be six times more powerful than the PS3?

If rumours circling the Internet are to be believed, Microsoft’s next home console will ship to retailers in late October and into early November 2013. Referred to by many as the Xbox 720 (though there’s no official name yet), the same batch of rumours also includes IGN’s sources that are “close to the project,” suggesting that in terms of raw power, the new system will be around six times more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Whilst tech blogs claimed that, “the power behind the next Xbox will be a PowerPC CPU that is married to an ATI Southern Islands GPU, or modified 7000 series,” IGN’s sources have apparently confirmed that it, “will not, however, be based on AMD’s 7000 series Southern Islands GPU. Instead, the processor will be derived from the 6000 series, which was introduced last year. More specifically, it will be akin to the Radeon HD 6670.” If this is true, then the next Xbox would support DirectX 11, outputting video to multiple displays, and native rendering of 3D and 1080p at solid frame rates.

Furthermore, IGN’s sources and the referenced tech blogs both agree that the chip will enter mass production toward the end of this year. As the sources are anonymous, it’s difficult to verify, but last year IGN correctly announced many of the Wii U system specs in a similar scenario. After tech blogs made reference to the new Nintendo system, they contacted an anonymous source, which supplied very accurate descriptions of the hardware. Could this be the same source?

Developers are likely to receive finalised development kits in August, which would suggest that if shown at this year’s E3, Microsoft will not have many 3rd party titles on display.

What do you think? Would you want a console to be six times as powerful as the PS3? Would a high price point put you off? Is 2013 the right time for Microsoft replace the Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments below.

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