There have been rumors that the Redmond based tech giant, Microsoft, will be using AMD’s processor in its next generation gaming console, the Xbox. This rumor has been circulating the web for some time now, and Bloomberg has published a new report which reaffirms this same rumor. According to the report from Bloomberg, its anonymous sources have claimed that Microsoft will indeed be using AMD’s processor. And in particular, the processor will be based on AMD’s Jaguar APU architecture.
This would be a good move from Microsoft as the competitor, the Japanese tech giant, Sony, has announced that it will be using AMD’s processors, based on the same Jaguar architecture and with 8 cores. This will make the two comparable, and then possibly increase the competition?
Anyway, the move from the Power PC architecture to the x86 technology in the AMD processors will make the gaming console, the Microsoft Xbox, more powerful for sure. But this also means that all the disks of the games you have will not be recognized on the system. There would be no backward compatibility of the hardware. You will have to buy all new games for your new gaming console. Even though this would mean more investment, this is good because the system is getting more powerful and capable.
The new report on Bloomberg does not provide any new information on the technical part of the rumored device. But the report does sync with current rumors which say that the processor will be an eight core 1.6 GHz AMD APU based on the Jaguar architecture. And earlier today, there was the news that Microsoft will be hosting an event on the 21st of May this year, for the announcement of the all new next gen gaming console, which is the Microsoft Xbox. And as there is just over a month’s time for the announcement, we can expect a good amount of info to start leaking soon.