Console Fanboys what is your views & expectations regarding next-gen consoles?are you excited?
The Xbox 720 is due for a Christmas 2013 release, according to the latest rumours swirling around the development of Microsoft's next generation console.
Gaming site VG247 said that Xbox has confirmed to third parties that the 720 will boasts a Blu-Ray drive, as well as two GPUs.
The site also suggested that the next version of Kinect, the console’s revolutionary control system, would be built into the machine.
An announcement on the next generation Xbox, believed to be codenamed “Durango”, is not expected till next year.
Meanwhile, US news site Kokatu has claimed that the PS4, codenamed Orbis, is similarly due for release in late 2013 and will work in conjunction with the recently released Vita handheld.
Other rumours suggest that Orbis games will not be backwards-compatible. The games could even be locked to a singular PlayStation account, thus stripping the second-hand market of its viability.
Neither Sony or Microsoft would comment on the rumours.
The Wii U, Nintendo's next-generation console, is expected to hit the shops this Christmas.
Summary of rumored specsIGN sources indicate that the next PlayStation, rumoured to be called 'Orbis', will sport custom chips based on AMD's A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 GPU, offering the combined performance of both integrated and discrete graphics processors.
The HD 7670 is a DirectX 11-enabled card clocked to 1GHz with up to 1GB of dedicated VRAM.
Select studios have reportedly been receiving PS4 dev kits since the beginning of the year, with more finalised units set to arrive towards the end of 2012.
Forbes also claimed in February that Sony's next-gen console will use a graphics chip provided by AMD, ditching current provider Nvidia in the process.
Around the same time, US PlayStation boss Jack Tretton played down the chances of Sony launching PS4 any time soon.
Xbox next/720 rumored specs:
CPU: Dual Core
GPU:7670 (Identical to 6670 on PC) Directx 11.1 support
PS4 a.k.a "Orbis" rumored specs:
CPU: Dual Core AMD x64 cpu
GPUual GPUs support directX 11.1 (super high definition resolutions of 4096x2160 and is capable of playing 3D games in 1080p)