Xbox 720 has been fully detailed to some third-parties. That’s according to a recent report from VG247. Apparently Microsoft is shooting for a Christmas 2013 release for the system, and contrary to a report last month from MCV, sources claim the console WILL use a Blu-ray drive — which agrees with a report from Kotaku in January.
VG247 says their multiple sources have confirmed the console will have two GPUs. One source said, “It’s like two PCs taped together.” The console’s graphics cards are thought to be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but “not CrossFire or SLI”. Rumors from last week and last month also say Sony will be using AMD graphics cards to help power their next system.
The report from VG247 continues by saying there will be “four or six” cores in the next Xbox, one of which will be reserved for Kinect (which will apparently be built into the device as standard), and one for the OS.
Finally, as an anti-piracy measure the system is said to require an “always-on Internet connection”. Just a few rumors ago we heard about a disc drive-less Xbox and a PlayStation that won’t play used games. If there is one similarity between almost all of these constant next gen system rumors, it’s the anti used/piracy measures. It will be interesting to what Sony and Microsoft ultimately decide on regarding these two topics.