Fresh Xbox rumors suggest Blu-ray drive, requires internet connection

A fresh batch of rumors on the new Xbox has arrived today, this time from the guys over at VG247. The site suggests that Microsoft has now detailed its new device to a number of third party partners, and that the system is indeed aiming for a Christmas 2013 release.

First and foremost among the latest list of features is a Blu-ray drive, which contradicts other recent rumors. Multiple sources have also reportedly confirmed the presence of two GPUs, with one source saying: “It’s like two PCs taped together.”

Graphics cards are thought to be similar to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but “not CrossFire or SLI”.

The CPU will apparently have “four or six” cores. The Kinect will take one of these cores, as will the console’s operating system. Kinect itself will actually be built into the device this time around, too.

Here’s the kicker; the system will apparently demand an always-on internet connection to combat piracy.

Microsoft recently said that its new Xbox wouldn’t show up at E3 this year as expected. It’s anyone’s guess as to when it will show up, then.