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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. 

  • 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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  • 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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  • Netherscourge
    It CAN run Crysis, btw.
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  • Netherscourge
    jeffredoWhatever 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.
    Until Sony and MS pull the plug on the 360/PS3, most multiplatform developers will just use the 360/PS3 for it's development base so they can make more money. The 720 will get a lot of watered down ports.

    It'll be up to exclusive, 1st party developers to make full use of the console's hardware.
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  • warezme
    minimal graphics would have to be equivalent to 6990 for AMD to assure it does not become obsolete within 2 years. CPU wouldn't have to be as extreme since for the most part you are talking about 1920x1080 as your max target resolution which is generally not going to be CPU bound with anything quad core that moves along at around 3Ghz. The only way I would be impressed is if it maxes out GPU beyond current PC standards.
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  • graysoniv
    jeffredoWhatever 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.Couldn't agree more. This doesn't just affect graphics but UI design as well. Take a look at Skyrim's UI great for a console but pretty bad for computer with a keyboard and a mouse.
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  • stingray71
    Give me keyboard and mouse support in games and I might make the switch from PC gaming.
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  • billybobser
    The Xbox720 is so bad, that when you see it, you turn around twice and walk away.
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