Next Generation Console Rumour Round-Up

PS4 Concept
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on January 24, 2013
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The past few weeks various different snippets of ‘leaked’ information has come to light for both the next Xbox console and the next PlayStation console. So I thought why not gather each bit, and put it all in one place? And here we have it!

First we’ll begin with the next Xbox, code named Durango, then well get onto the next gen PlayStation code named Orbis.

Xbox 720 / Durango / 8

A while ago we wrote a short round up of the Xbox 720, so now is a better time than any to re-visit what we previously summed up and include the latest specification ‘leak’.

XboxVGLeaks have acquired details of the specifications of the next Xbox, and they seem to pack a punch. Not quite as powerful as the rumoured PlayStation 4 console, but still pretty good none the less. With the next gen Xbox, we’re to expect 8-core CPU and 800MHz graphics processor. The multi-core processor will have each core running at 1.6GHz. As previously mentioned the Xbox should be equipped with a 50GB Blu-Ray drive.

We’re looking at a custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor with 8GB of on board DDR3 RAM and as you might expect with an Xbox console there will also be a HDD though memory capacity is still unknown. The Durango is rumoured to run at 1.23 teraflops.

Along with the usual HDMI and S/PDIF outputs were also to expect a HDMI input suggesting that the next gen Xbox might be able to record TV-shows and movies like a standard PVR-set top box like TiVo.

The Xbox is expected to come with a Gigabit Ethernet port and Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct networking connectivity.

PS4 ConceptPlayStation 4 / Orbis

Recently Eurogamer released some information from the usual “reliable source” that everyone seems to know.. And the specifications are as follows.

Just like Durango, we’re looking at an 8-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz per core. A Radeon HD graphics card (possibly a modified version of the 7970M) but with 4GB of GDDR5 ultrafast RAM – this may seem slower than the Xbox 720’s 8GB DDR3 RAM, but GDDR5 is a much quicker standard of RAM.

The Orbis should run at 1.84 TFLOPS, a much quicker computational speed than the Durango.

Like with the PlayStation 3 we’ve got a Blu-Ray disk drive, but unlike Durango’s 50GB drive, the PlayStation 4 (Orbis) has a 100GB Blu-ray disc drive.

Overall

From what I’ve read, both consoles have advantages over one another, with the Durango having more memory allocated for running applications and the OS, giving it the ability to be more functional as not only a games console, but a complete multimedia center. The Orbis however may be able to run games much better than Durango,

Again, none of this is confirmed so it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt, but it does give us a good idea on what to expect when the next generation consoles are eventually announced.

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