But GPU "Akin To The Radeon HD 6670"
IGN have splashed up an intriguing rumour about the next-generation Xbox, which is heavily tipped for an E3 2012 reveal. According to "sources close to the project," Microsoft's next console will feature a graphics card that provides six times the processing power of the Xbox 360. The GPU will also apparently offer 20% greater performance compared to the Wii U if current leaked specifications are to be believed.
The bad news, however, is that the GPU is reportedly derived from the budget Radeon HD 6670.
Initial reports suggested that the 'NextBox' would be powered by a derivative of AMD's 7000 series GPU, but IGN's source suggests that the truth might be very different. Instead, the GPU may be based on the Radeon HD 6670 which most hardcore PC gamers would instantly dismiss as a budget entry-level graphics card. Its c. £50 asking price is reflected by some middling performance on many recent PC titles, so if true, Microsoft may be putting an attractive price ahead of raw power. Whether this rumour is based in reality - and what it means for Microsoft's next home console - remains to be seen.