Xbox 720 to feature 16-core CPU

According the latest issue of Xbox World magazine, the development kits for the next XBOX have been around for at least a month, having been sent to various developers in March.

The first kits were shipped after the famous “secret conference” that took place in London on February 28, where Microsoft presented to a select number of programmers the specifications of the new machine, code-named Durango.

The kits include an IBM PowerPC central processing unit with 16 cores, an update to the three cores found on the Xbox 360.

The machine will also pack a GPU equivalent to AMD’s Randeon HD 7000-series graphic cards and a Blu-ray drive.

Analysts speculate that the device is likely to be unveiled somewhere in 2013 given that Microsoft is already shipping the kits.