The release of both Playstation 4 (codename Obris) and Xbox 720 (codename Durango) are seemingly just around the corner. Earlier in the week Redmond Pie reported that the Playstation 4 was going to have a whopping 50% more power. While this doesn’t necessarily mean the Playstation 4 was going ot outpeform the XBOX 720 it was still something potentially signifigant to note.
Now, news has broken that Microsoft, after reading about Playstations plans, has up it’s anti . In a report by VGLeaks via NeoWin the Xbox 720 Durango is going to feature some amazing specs including a CPU thread which has its own own 32KB L1 instruction cache and 32KB L1 data cache. The GPU will feature a D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor with 12 shader cores inside which comes to a total of total of 768 threads. Each one of these 768 threads will have its own ability to perform MADD. On top of all these the GPU will have the ability to give out 1.2 trillion “floating-point operations.”
Just what does that all mean? Beats me, but it sure sounds good! I think what Microsoft is trying to say is, viewing these consoles by raw power only would be a huge mistake, and things are slightly more complex than that. Much like a car, you can’t judge the speed of a vehicle on horsepower alone. Will what will be interesting is the reliability factor of both consoles. This alone can be a big part of how a manufacturer decides to go about it’s business.
Check out a picture of the Xbox 720 Durnagos internal structure:
One of the main features being reported, that is more easily understood, is the in-built inclusion of the Kinect system. If this proves to be true, it gives us a fairly good idea of where things are heading. It’s hard to imagine developers not making an almost universal game that includes usage of the Kinect system since it will be now built-in rather than a separate feature.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this idea. One of the main things a like about choosing gaming over reality is that fact that I can do really cool things minus the effort, which is what holds me back in the real world. To have to put effort into playing a console just might lead me outside my front door instead; or give up trying because I can’t compete using anything other than a controller that allows me to not move anything more than my fingers. However, I’m sure I’m part of a minority for this issue, so there may be good reason to pursue it.