Xbox 720 developer kit details leaked

 Xbox 720 developer kit details leaked

Details of the Xbox 720 developer kit have been leaked, giving us an inkling of what we can expect from Microsoft's next-generation console.

Details of the Xbox 720 developer kit have been leaked, giving us an inkling of what we can expect from Microsoft's next-generation console.

 
A man operating under the name DaE tried to sell a “Durango” developer kit, the codename for the next Xbox, for a whopping $10,000 on the Assembler Games forum over the weekend, but his post was quickly removed and he was banned from posting again.
 
The kit apparently ran an eight-core Intel CPU, an Nvidia graphics card, and 8GB of RAM, effectively matching some of the latest gaming PCs. The RAM is expected to be half of this in the final version, however, as developers are usually supplied with a higher spec.
 
 Xbox 720 developer kit details leaked
 
A screenshot from Microsoft Visual Studio also suggests that the system uses x86 CPU architecture, with AVX support, showing a move away from custom hardware.
 
Of course, the details are unconfirmed, but Digital Foundry hunted down a number of anonymous sources working on Xbox 720 games who claimed that the leaked information is accurate.
 
Apparently developers have been given a working version of the next Xbox since February of this year, which shows that Microsoft is well into its development cycle, news that will delight fans hoping for a 2013 release.
 
Source: GamesIndustry