Rumor: MS to Make 'Huge' Xbox 720 Announcement at CES

We've been hearing bits and pieces about the next generation Xbox for months now, but apparently, we're going to hear a lot more about the Xbox 720 when CES 2012 rolls around. According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is going to use the consumer electronics show as the stage for announcing more details regarding its newest console.

According to French publication Xboxygen, Microsoft will make a 'huge' announcement about the Xbox 720 at CES in January of 2012. The site sources the information as coming from someone from inside Microsoft and says that while the announcement may not contain details regarding the first Xbox 720 games, we should hear some more information about the console, such as some of its capabilities. Xboxygen's source says the new Xbox will be a hexa-core affair with 2 GB of DDR3 and AMD dual-GPU graphics.

CES is one of the biggest consumer electronics shows around, so it would stand to reason that Microsoft would choose to reveal some information regarding the next Xbox at the show, especially when you consider the fact that it was the stage for unveiling the original Xbox so many years ago. Indeed, the Consumer Electronics Association announced earlier this year that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would once again be returning to CES to give the opening keynote speech. His presentation is believed to be largely based around the upcoming Windows 8, but who knows, maybe he'll find a little bit of time for the Xbox division, too.

In other Xbox 720 news, the Edge is reporting that delivery of the first iteration of genuine devkits, running custom hardware, is expected to reach studios before Christmas. The website's source also said that all signs point to the finalized console arriving at retail in late 2012. If this is true, it would mean Microsoft's Xbox 720 is launching just in time to compete with Nintendo's Wii U. 

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  • jeffredo
    Whatever they do I hope the new XBOX is beefy enough to avoid the spillover console dumbing-down that is affecting many cross-platform games. PC hardware suffers from game developers gimping their games so current gen consoles can run it. Our hardware doesn't get to utilize their full power as a result.
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  • gamerk316
    Not shocked at the 2GB RAM; doesn't make sense for consoles to have any more. I do find dual-GPU's interesting though, and wonder how much poor scaling will affect the long-term viability of the console...
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  • pocketdrummer
    FINALLY, A NEW XBOX!

    This is the best news for PC gaming, yet! Now we won't have to dumb down our graphics to appease the consoles kids!

    Maybe it'll even have a mouse/keyboard option so we won't have to dumb down the controls as well!
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  • lenell86
    terrible story
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  • gamerk316
    Not shocked at the 2GB RAM; doesn't make sense for consoles to have any more. I do find dual-GPU's interesting though, and wonder how much poor scaling will affect the long-term viability of the console...
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  • das_stig
    The only way M$ can put in a Bulldozer based cpu if they get it cheap from AMD, probably a special 95 watt 4-core AMD Bulldozer FX-4x00 series.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they go the next generation Llano, something a bit more powerful than the current A8-38x0 sereies that has integrated HD6550D GPU.
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