Microsofts Xbox 720 to feature six core CPU, two GPUs, Blu ray, and more

Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720 or codename Durango, will feature a four- to six-core CPU, two GPUs, and Bluray, and will require an always-on internet connection, according to sources close to the company.

Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720 or codename Durango, will feature a four- to six-core CPU, two GPUs, and Bluray, and will require an always-on internet connection, according to sources close to the company.

 
VG247 cited anonymous sources claiming that the new console will effectively be “like two PCs taped together,” thanks to the inclusion of two GPUs and a powerful processor. 
 
The exact specs are not yet known, but the GPUs are believed to have horsepower equivalent to an AMD 7000 series chip. They won't employ CrossFire or SLI, but will instead work independently to render graphics simultaneously.
 
 Microsofts Xbox 720 to feature six core CPU, two GPUs, Blu ray, and more
 
The CPU is expected to have between four and six cores, one of which will be reserved for the OS, and another for the Kinect. Of course, if a Kinect does not come bundled with the main console and players don't buy one separately this could mean that one core is going to waste. However, the report suggests that the new Kinect will come as standard and may actually be built into the console in some manner.
 
The device will also apparently come with a Blu-ray player and will require users to have an always-on internet connection, designed to stop piracy of games. This supports early reports that Microsoft is abandoning physical games and won't allow players to use pre-owned games.
 
The Xbox 720 is expected to release around Christmas 2013, a year after the release of Nintendo's Wii U console.
 
Source: VG247