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Xbox 720 has Blu-ray, 2 GPUs, always-on internet - Rumour

New report suggests next Xbox will launch Christmas 2013

Microsoft has told third-party developers its next-generation Xbox will be available at Christmas 2013.

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That's according to a new rumour report from VG247, which cites "multiple sources".

According to its insiders, the next Xbox will use Sony's Blu-ray format and carry two GPUs that aren't CrossFire or SLI, and instead function independent of each other. The GPU's are reportedly equivalent to AMD's 7000 series GPUs. It's been described as "like two PCs taped together".

The machine will also have "four or six" CPU cores, it's claimed, with one dedicated entirely to Kinect - which will be built into the hardware - and another just for the console's operating system.

Finally, it's been suggested the next Xbox will take steps to crack down on piracy with an always-on internet connection requirement.

Microsoft is still being coy with its announcements of an Xbox 360 successor. Last month it put an end to rumours of an imminent announcement by officially confirming there will be no next-gen Xbox at E3.

Last week rumours indicated Sony's PlayStation 4 is called - or codenamed - Orbis and is set for a release in time for the 2013 holiday. It is also supposedly powered by AMD tech.

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