We have tried to gather as much information as we can about the Xbox 3 or Xbox 720 and what it’ll have in store for hardcore Xbox fans and maybe even the average gamer. The article is entirely based on rumors and speculation with some known facts included.
The current generation of graphics for consoles has been about HD resolutions and most recently we’ve seen 3D gaming entering the foray. The Xbox 360 does offer full 1080p HD support also known as true HD for some games, but most of the current gen games for the system are actually running at 720p native resolution due to frame rate issues and the ageing hardware. It’s also been confirmed that Crysis 2 will be coming in 3D on the Xbox 360 so that means Xbox 720 will definitely be supporting 3D gaming and it will most probably be without those pesky glasses.
So what can we expect to see on the Xbox 720 or Xbox 3, well, according to sources as quoted by VE3d “ATI-AMD will provide Microsoft with GPUs for its next generation”, but it has not been confirmed. What about resolution? Will we be seeing Ultra HD(UHDV) which is touted to be the replacement for current HDTVs.
For those of you who don’t know, Ultra HD uses 7,680 x 4,320 pixels in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16×9, making for a total of approximately 33 million pixels (33 megapixels).
At the moment Ultra HD is simply not a viable option, the uncompressed video and audio recorded in ultra HD takes up a whopping 3.5 terabytes for an 18 minute clip. The prototype ultra HD screen also consumes an insane amount of electricity.
There have also been rumors that the Xbox 720 or Xbox 3 will be improving the current line-up of Xbox 360 games by increasing frame rate, draw distance, graphics, textures, etc. according to Joystiq.