Xbox 720 rumoured to feature 16 core CPU

Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720, is rumoured to have a CPU with a whopping 16 cores, making it a potentially monster machine.

Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720, is rumoured to have a CPU with a whopping 16 cores, making it a potentially monster machine.

 
Xbox World magazine reports that the devkits sent to developers in March feature a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU and a GPU in the range of AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series, which could lead to some amazing graphics in Microsoft's next games.
 
The devkits look different to the final consumer product, but the actual hardware involved is apparently what we can expect to see in the final version. This contradicts earlier reports that the console would come with a four- to six-core processor, which sounds a bit more reasonable, so these reports should be taken with a grain of salt.
 
 Xbox 720 rumoured to feature 16 core CPU
 
16 cores sounds insane, a fact that even Xbox World acknowledges, particularly considering that most gaming computers don't go beyond 4 cores. However, the next version of the Kinect is reportedly going to demand a lot of resources, which means the CPU could devote an entire four cores just for this alone.
 
Of course, a 16-core processor would make the console extremely expensive, possibly even more than a high-end gaming PC, particularly if the other hardware is of a similar calibre. A $1,000+ cost could put the next Xbox out of the range of many people, but it won't necessarily put off hardcore gamers looking for an outrageous gaming rig.
 
The Xbox 720 is expected to be released at the end of 2013, a year later than the Nintendo Wii U, which is believed to be unable to match the graphics capability of current-generation consoles, but will carry a much more affordable price tag.
 
Source: CVG