Xbox One was revealed some days back, emphasizing mostly on TV, Premium Content, Sports, TV (again) and Call of Duty, but specs wise it was revealed during the live web telecast that it uses 8 core processor.
But now reports from 2 sources confirm that the processor is actually an APU co-designed by AMD and Microsoft. Its a 8 core x86 CPU with a graphics processing unit similar to AMD Radeon 7790 GPU. The chip is also embedded with controller logic and audio controllers. Both the GPU and the CPU cores will be utilizing the console’s 8GB DDR3 memory. The APU is directly on the heatsink with phase-change interface material.
What’s not confirmed is that whether it uses 28nm or 40nm, as 2 different sources, both reliable and reputed, have said both.
Saied Moshkelani, corporate VP and GM of AMD Semi Custom Business Unit said,”AMD is very excited to be working with Microsoft on their next-generation Xbox One. The Microsoft Xbox One leverages a single-chip, semi-custom AMD APU, with custom components co-developed with Microsoft designed to enable unique attributes of the system Microsoft is bringing to market.”
Of course now that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would be using the x86 architecture, one will imagine that the porting games to PC should be far easier than it was before with PS3 and Xbox 360.
Keeping all that aside, Xbox One emphasizes on cloud gaming, and featured Wireless N controller which can connect to the gamepads via Wi-Fi Direct, mobile devices and even home networking units at the same time without any extra latency when connected all the same time. Besides that, there will be USB 3.0 pots, HDMI in and Out, Blu-Ray Drive and an 500GB HDD.