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Durango & Orbis Rumor Breakdown

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Next generation console hardware rumors have been going on for awhile now. However, in the last week or so, the rumors have become very specific and are being parroted by reputable sources.

Here’s a high level breakdown of what they’ve been saying:

Rumored Durango (Next Xbox) Specifications

CPUAMD 8-core 1.6 GHz (x64)
GPUAMD DirectX 11.1 class GPU running @ 800 MHz
Memory8GB DDR3 w/ 3GB reserved for OS & 32MB embedded SRAM
Optical50GB 6x BD-ROM
StorageHard drive always present
ConnectivityGigabit, HDMI, Wi-Fi
ControllerUnknown

Source: Eurogamer, VGLeaks

Rumored Orbis (Next Playstation) Specifications 

CPUAMD 8-core 1.6 GHz
GPUAMD GPU derived from Radeon 7970M running @ 800 MHz
Memory4GB GDDR5 w/ 512MB reserved for OS
OpticalBlu-ray
StorageHard drive
ConnectivityGigabit, HDMI, Wi-Fi
ControllerNew design w/ LCD touch screen & biometric grips?

Source: Eurogamer (1 & 2), CVG

It looks like both boxes are going to resemble the PC more than ever. Does this mean I will step away from console gaming and move exclusively to the PC? After all it would make more sense financially thanks to the cheaper games. The answer is simply: no. Unless something ridiculous happens and Sony and Microsoft brings their first party exclusives over to the PC, I will continue to purchase consoles. The only question is: sooner or later? And that is dependent on price and games.

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