A flurry of rumours came out this week regarding Microsoft’s next-generation game console, the Xbox 720.
The company is expected to announce the console – which is expected to be in the $500 range – at a press event on May 21. According to some rumours, the console will be available at a reduced price point if the user commits to a monthly contract with Xbox Live.
AMD has been long rumoured to be providing the chip that would power the Xbox 720. Now, the rumour has moved from the blogosphere to the realm of (more reliable) traditional media with a report by Bloomberg stating that the new Xbox will use an AMD Jaguar system-on-a-chip with an x86 architecture.
This move to an x86 architecture does have its advantages. As the PS4 will also likely be using the same architecture, creating optimized ports across the PS4-Xbox 720-PC gaming sector will be much less complex.
The move to x86 has its share of disadvantages as well, namely the loss of backwards compatibility. Unless Microsoft is able to create a software emulator, all sources point to incompatibility between previous-gen and next-gen Xbox games.
After the expected launch event in May, more details will likely come at Microsoft’s BUILD conference scheduled for June.
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