Xbox 720 to have Avatar-like graphics, AMD says

Posted on Jul 20 2011 - 12:35pm by Thomas Sharp

A few weeks ago, we reported about the unveiling of the next-generation Xbox 720 (not yet its official name) at E3 next year. Now, reports say that an executive from AMD talks about the power of the new gaming console from Microsoft.

Neal Robinson, AMD’s director of ISV relationships, said in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine that the rumored Xbox console will be coming with vast improvements in AI and graphics.

According to Robinson, there is “a lot to be excited about” regarding the Xbox 720. He said that he expected it to be capable to match the graphics quality of Avatar, a CGI-heavy film by James Cameron that was shot in 3D.

AMD, the company that supplied Xbox 360’s graphics hardware, did not confirm whether the company is working with Microsoft for the Xbox 720. The tech giant has not yet announced Xbox 360’s successor and reports say that the console’s lifespan has increased since the release of the Kinect peripheral.

The visual technology company also said that Xbox 720’s AI will have a significant upgrade, which means it will have enough processing power to make individual NPCs to have their own individual reactions.

With Xbox 360 running on a tri-core Xenon processor with 512 MB DDR3 RAM, we can expect the Xbox 720 to run on at least a six-core chip with maybe a 1 GB DDR5 RAM. The Xbox 720 console is rumored to be unveiled at E3 next year, with a possible release in 2013 or 2014.


via: Team Xbox

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