Next Gen Xbox Rumors Points Towards Windows 9 And ARM Functionality, Codename "Loop"


Posted November 7, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

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A new post from MSNerd, the blogger who has reliably shared information on Microsoft products in the past like Courier, MS's tablet project, has given a lot of unconfirmed details on the next-gen Xbox 360 which most are calling the Xbox 720.

According to the post, the next gen box is codenamed "loop". "It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform—a  “main” processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture," said the post.

The blogger continues, "It will be cheaper than the 360, further enabling Kinect adoption. And it will be far smaller than the 360. It will also demonstrate how Windows Phone could possible implement Win9’s dev platform on the lower end."

So far we've concluded that the new Xbox may or may not be shown at E3 in 2013, with a full release sometime in either 2014 or 2015. Again, all of this is unconfirmed but it's kind of fun to speculate, right?

If MSNerd's reports are correct, does this make you more or less excited for the "Microsoft Loop"? As user Andrew pointed on on MSNerd's blog post I don't really understand why the system would need a dedicated core for AI or physics, but that's just me (us?). What do you think?

Source: MSNerd via Business Insider

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Next Gen Xbox Rumors Points Towards Windows 9 And ARM Functionality, Codename "Loop"


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