Next Xbox to sport 16-core CPU — rumor

Another day, another next-gen console rumor. Today’s edition brings more potentialities for Microsoft’s next Xbox, with the folks over at Xbox World claiming that the coming system will boast a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU, a CPU whose power would rival that of AMD’s Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards. As you can imagine, that’s a whole lot of power, even by today’s standards.

If you’ve been attentively following the rumor mill, this news may be somewhat surprising, as a couple weeks ago a heaping of new rumors suggested, among other things, that the next Xbox will have only “four or six” cores.

Xbox World is saying (via CVG) that they’ve received this information after finding out that ‘Durango,’ the next Xbox’s codename, devkits were sent out to various developers a month ago, reportedly following the supposed secret London developer’s meetings in February. Xbox World notes that the devkits shouldn’t resemble the next Xbox’s final look, but that the technology contained within the kits may be the same as that within the future console.

An excerpt from the upcoming issue of the magazine details the rumor: “It’s a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine – too much power, even. But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it’ll need a lot of power.”

All this techie mumbo jumbo is just to say that ‘Durango’ is probably going to have really, really pretty graphics. That shouldn’t be too surprising. Nevertheless, this is the future of gaming we’re talking about, so it’s probably worth it to keep tabs on any solid rumors we hear, as relentless and unfounded as they may be sometimes.