Xbox 720 to Include 8-Core CPU, Blu-ray and Kinect Support: Report

Yesterday reports emerged suggesting that, like the Wii U, the PlayStation 4 could use a controller featuring a large LCD touch screen.

Now, we’re learning more about the PlayStation 4’s competition. According to a new report, the Xbox 720 will feature an 8-core central processing unit (CPU), Blu-ray support, and 8 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 RAM.

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The report comes to us from VGLeakz, a site dedicated to acquiring leaked technical documents related to the video game industry. In addition to the information listed above, the report also suggests that the Xbox 720 will use a DirectX 11.1-capable graphics processing unit (GPU) capable of carrying out 1.2 trillion operations per second.

In other words, this will be one serious beast of a gaming machine.

The report also indicates that Microsoft will build motion-sensitive hardware right into the Xbox 720, meaning that purchasing a special add-on (like the Kinect) won’t be necessary. Of course, cramming such equipment under the hood could significantly increase the overall cost of the console.

It’s expected that the Xbox 720 (which is currently code-named “Durango”) will be formally unveiled by Microsoft in the coming months. Last week, reports indicated that Microsoft and Sony would unveil next-gen hardware at the late March Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.

However, that doesn’t mean Sony and Microsoft will ship their new consoles at the same time. In fact, another new report indicates that Sony plans to release its PlayStation 4 after Microsoft begins shipping the Xbox 720.

In doing that, Sony would be able to add hardware features that give the PS4 a clear edge over its main competitor. Gamers will recall that the PlayStation 3, which shipped a full year after the Xbox 360, included Blu-ray support — which the Microsoft console did not.

So, given what we know and your experiences with the Xbox 360 and PS3 – which next-generation console are you guys most excited about?

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