Warning, more rumors are incoming in respect of the Xbox 360′s successor. This time its VG247 with a report saying that the Xbox 360 will be released in time for Christmas 2013, will feature a Blu-ray drive (this was actually contrary to another recent rumor), and will also have not just one, but two, GPUs.
The GPUs will apparently be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series and be able to work independently of one another (in contrast to the SLI or crossfire setups you find in PCs). Other tidbits include there being “four to six” cores to the CPU used in the machine, two of which will be reserved for Kinect and the operating system (one core each). There will also apparently be a requirement for an “always-on” internet connection (as a way of combating piracy).
The rumors come from various “sources” without much more detail. I’m not sure what to believe here, some of it is credible, other parts not so much. For example, the requirement for an “always-on” internet connection makes sense from a piracy point of view, but practically it is just not going to work for a large number of gamers who simply can’t always be connected to the net for any number of reasons. Does Microsoft really want to risk losing all those people as customers?
Let us know what you think of these latest rumors, and the in the meantime we will wait for the next batch of leaks! Shouldn’t be too long at this rate…