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Xbox 720 Rumors Say 360 SoC Provides Backwards Compatibility

Xbox 720 Rumors Say 360 SoC Provides Backwards Compatibility

Xbox 720 rumors on hardware specifications are saying the Xbox 360 hardware has been shrunk down to a system-on-a-chip (SoC) which will provide the Xbox 720 backwards compatibility for the 360.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Xbox 720 always online rumor, among other revelations, has some gamers saying the future of next generation consoles looks grim. But the revelation of the Xbox Mini also said the Xbox 720 always online rumors were wrong.

The Xbox 720 rumors about the Xbox 360 SoC come from a note on PasteBin:

“Have you read the VGLeaks article about the Durango specs? Yes? Good because everything you read in that article was 100% correct. Except, for one tiny little detail that MS kept guarded from most devs until very recently. That detail being that every Durango ships with a Xbox 360 SOC. There was a reason why MS hired so many former IBM and AMD employees. … All I know, and all I need to know about this new change is that I (or a game dev) can use the 360 SOC in parallel with the original Durango hardware. … [The Xbox 360 SoC] also increases Durango’s processing power a fair amount.”

This mystery person also claims wireless controllers for the Xbox 720 will once again require AA batteries, but that battery life has been improved by 16 percent. He or she also claims the Xbox 360 SoC will be used in the Xbox Mini and that both systems will use operating system technology pulled from Windows 8, meaning that the Xbox 720 will run the new WinRT framework. The idea behind this would be to allow any game developed for the Windows App store to be easily ported to the Xbox 720, which makes sense since Microsoft has been focused on developing a unified operating system.

The Xbox 720 having a Xbox 360 SoC for backward compatibility is not without precedent. The original versions of the PlayStation 3 came with a PlayStation 2 shrunk down onto a daughterboard. The Xbox 360, on the other hand, emulated in software the original Xbox hardware. Of course, this approach has a performance and game support penalty, while a 360 SoC would significantly increase the price of the Xbox 720.

What do you think of the Xbox 720 rumor of a Xbox 360 SoC powering both the Xbox Mini and the Durango hardware?

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11 Responses to “Xbox 720 Rumors Say 360 SoC Provides Backwards Compatibility”

  1. Tim Durocher

    "Now VGLeaks is clarifying that Durango will indeed be always online “like any other device”, but it will not be a.
    requirement to play local content and it will not prevent playing used games. In other words, this is meant for downloading stuff like game or social network updates in the background when a net connections is available, but you will still be able to play Xbox games if your broadband is down or you take your console elsewhere."

    After carefully reading the hardware overview published by Vgleaks, which was previously responsible for revealing Durango’s specs, it seems that some people are just being paranoid or unrealistic about Microsoft’s plans. Here’s the relevant “always connected” bit and the context in.
    which it’s mentioned:

    "Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use. The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this “Always On, Always Connected” design, users will easily and quickly enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates."

    In other words, “always on, always connected” is a feature rather than a requirement to play games. It’s not necessarily meant to do DRM checks every few minutes to make sure you are not running pirate or second hand games, and it certainly doesn’t mean that games will stop working if you lose your connection. Instead, it’s about downloading stuff like game or social network updates in the background so they’re ready when you need them.
    If any of that sounds familiar is because the PlayStation 4’s “network standby” will do the same thing.

    For anyone still thinking the 720 will be online only and won't use used games…remember that WE do have an official statement from the president of Gamestop – the largest dealer of second hand games in the world – saying the new Xbox will be a "compelling device that people will like" – and taking that into account – which rumour sounds more accurate?
    Is the largest dealer of second hand games in the world going to say good things about an always online, DRM'ed second hand blocking games console? Or has the internet echo chamber blown something out of proportion?

    Just saying, why don't you include common sense in any of these articles? Fully 25% of people of have bought a 360 have not connected to the internet at all. You really think the "money hungry" machine that is Microsoft would completely ignore 25% out of a 100% in the market?

  2. Akeem Osby

    I see they left out the part that the said it wont always be online to play games and they never was going to do that

  3. Văn Minh Nguyễn

    Here's my idea, put ALL of the Xbox's (¿bestselling?) games into ''the Cloud'' (either Xbox LIVE or a game version of Microsoft SkyDrive) and emulate it, but also offer the ability to import saved games into that Xbox cloud.

    As for the unification of Windows, the Xbox could be the secret/key to Windows 8's long-term success, Windows 8 has A LOT of haters, and people are afraid to make apps for it (Google even laughed at the idea), but if you could make applications for those United States best-selling (and only) game-console, it will boost Windows 8's app-store and gain a LARGE user-base.

    The unification of Microsoft (if not ALL of the internet) under ''the Cloud'' is a great development, and the ability to get whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are either on Xbox or P.C. (including Tablet-P.C.'s and Smartphones) is a great leap into the future, I sincerely hope that Microsoft makes a Windows 8 like Xbox.

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