The Xbox 720 is nowhere near announcement, says Microsoft, but Xbox World came published that the next-gen Xbox console would feature a 16-core processor. This is based on the idea that development machines, which are built to represent the level of performance of the final product, are reportedly being equipped with a 16-core PowerPC processor from IBM. According to the same source, Xbox-next would be released next year.
“It’s a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine – too much power” says Xbox World. Well, for one there is no such thing as “too much power”. However, there may be such a thing as misplaced, or unbalanced, power. The question would be: how would this CPU power be used? Even on PC, high-end games are barely using four cores, while 6 or 8 core hardware is clearly available, so… 16? (more…)