New XBox may have a PC type processor
The latest details, if correct, suggest the next gen console will use an Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips. This was from an anonymous source talking to Bloomberg. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible.
Microsoft also stands to benefit because game developers, who have moved toward making games for PCs and mobile devices, will find it easier to deliver those titles for the next Xbox.
If this is true then it will be a shame that it will not be backwards compatible with XBox 360 games, but it would mean the possibility of more games and pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible on consoles.
“We’ll probably see many more titles because the console makers are saying the publishers are back in the driver’s seat,” said Richard Doherty, president of technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group. Developers won’t have to reinvent various features, such as “smoke, shading and reflections for each machine and can essentially create once and port once, and be done.”
There is also the unpopular rumour that the new XBox will need to have an “always on” Internet connection.
Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth did not help matters with some unfriendly tweets telling people to just #dealwithit.
Orth argued “sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console. Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit”.
Microsoft has commented on Adam Orth’s comments. In a statement issued to GameSpot, a Microsoft spokesperson said “we apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”
Hopefully Microsoft will give some official word about the new XBox soon.