Next Xbox a 16-Core Monster?

By Gary Cutlack on at

New rumours regarding Microsoft's plans for the next evolution of its Xbox have emerged, with early development hardware said to be built around a cutting-edge 16-core processor.

The 16-core claim refers to the future gaming machine's CPU, which is said to be an IBM Power PC model running alongside a GPU roughly comparable in horsepower to the Radeon HD 7000. Previous rumours claimed the next Xbox would contain either four or six cores, so this latest news signals quite a leap in expectations.

Given that these latest claims apparently come from sources who are actually in possession of development kits, there ought to be some truth in them, even though having 16-cores in a console sounds more like a fantasy marketing tactic -- and programming nightmare. [CVG]