Here’s some more speculation from the next-gen Xbox rumour mill.
The next Xbox console, which most folks are calling the 720 for the time being, is due for a 2013 release according to previous whispers on the grapevine.
However, there have also been sources who have been talking about a hardware reveal at E3 next year, just eight months away.
But the latest gobbet of speculation is that the console could crop up before then, in fact, in just a couple of months time at CES. The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in January 2012.
However, according to the source of the rumour, the French site Xboxygen (via Beefjack), this won’t be a full reveal of the hardware – just some details of the sort of tech spec we’re looking at.
Indeed, this would be far too early for a full reveal we’d imagine, and it would make no sense to organise that for any other place than the major gaming show E3.
Xboxygen also spilled some details on the rumoured tech spec, which includes a six-core processor, 2GB of Ram, and an AMD powered graphics processor (who also previously handled the 360′s GPU).
2GB of Ram sounds perhaps a little on the weak side if you compare it to contemporary PCs, but then again there’s no huge power-hungry OS such as Windows to contend with on a console.
Also, it’s a fair bet this will be system memory and there’ll also be dedicated graphics card memory on board. The GPU will be key.
Exactly how much of this is true, of course, is debatable. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that this could be the case of an obscure French site wanting to drum up some interest and traffic, after all.
One thing is for certain, though, and that’s the 2013 launch date for the next Xbox is starting to seem more concrete. Games reportedly under development for the console include Forza 5, Fable 4, Alan Wake 2, Saints Row 4, Condemned 3 and Crackdown 3.