The software giant may return with an upper hand this time
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is strongly rumored to announce a new upgraded Xbox One sometime this year, alongside Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE), which has similar plans for PlayStation 4. Speculation points toward an E3 2016 reveal, as the event is the biggest gaming convention of the year.
According to a new report by a blog named X-rays Insider (via Eurogamer Italy), the new version of Xbox One is in development and will be more powerful than Sony’s new console; 5-6 times more, if the report is to be true. It will be based on the new 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and powered by Advanced Micro Devices’ (NASDAQ:AMD) Arctic Island family GPU, based on Graphics Core Next 4.0. What’s more interesting is that the report claims it will skip the Polaris architecture and go for Vega.
Vega is AMD’s graphics architecture that will succeed Polaris in early 2017. It will feature High-Bandwidth Memory 2 and is going to replace the Fury series. The report indicates that it will feature the same next-gen memory.
It is quite hard to digest such rumors when they start playing with common sense. The report not only states that the new Xbox One version will be more powerful than PlayStation 4.5, it will be six times more powerful. The total computational power will be 10 TeraFLOPS.
While it all sounds really exciting and unbelievable, it is not practical by any stretch of imagination. Consoles are meant to stay in the affordable range and power like this is only going to raise the price to a $1000 at least. The blog mentions an anonymous person as its source, so it’s not exactly the kind of rumor worth taking into account given the astronomical claims.
Whatever happens, the upcoming E3 will provide a much clearer picture.