Rumors: Xbox 720 Packs AMD Radeon HD Graphics, Arriving in 2013

Microsoft’s third-generation Xbox game console is coming out in 2013 and will pack Radeon HD-based graphics processors from Advanced Micro Devices, according to several tech and entertainment sites.

Microsoft and AMD would not comment on the reports from SemiAccurate, Fudzilla, and IGN, which differ slightly as to the specs and release schedule for the unnamed console, referred to variously in previous media reports as the Xbox 720, Xbox Next, or Xbox Loop.

SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian reported last week that 32-nanometer chips code named Oban that will power the successor to the Xbox 360 are currently in production. According to Demerjian, Oban combines a Power PC central processor from IBM with a Radeon HD 7000-series GPU from AMD. The chips are being manufactured by IBM and GlobalFoundries, AMD’s spun-off manufacturing arm, the story goes.
The console itself won’t start rolling off assembly lines until late this year and the Xbox 720/Next/Loop won’t hit retail shelves before the second quarter of 2013, according to SemiAccurate.

Fudzilla’s David Stellmack later claimed his sources confirmed the SemiAccurate details, adding that Microsoft’s plans for a 2013 release of the console are “all but assured.”
But IGN, a division of News Corp., offered a different take this week on the GPU being used in the rumored console. Instead of AMD’s latest 7000 series parts, the console’s processor will utilize the older 6000 series GPU, IGN reported, citing “sources close to the project.”

“More specifically, it will be akin to the Radeon HD 6670, which offers support for DirectX11, multi-display output, 3D, and 1080p HD output,” IGN’s Scott Lowe reported Tuesday. Even if Microsoft isn’t using the latest, greatest GPU from AMD, the “Xbox 720′s raw graphics processing power is expected to be six times that of the Xbox 360 and will yield 20 percent greater performance than Nintendo’s forthcoming console, the Wii U,” Lowe said.

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How to Buy a Copy of Modern Warfare 3 Today!

Last night we posted an image of a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that a reader had purchased in a Tampa, Florida Kmart. Then it started popping up on eBay and Craigslist. Then videos from the game starting popping up. How was everyone getting copies of a game that wasn’t supposed to go on sale until next week? Kmart.

A helpful reader and Kmart employee explains to us what happened and how you may be able to get your very own early copy of the game if you act quickly.

Turns out that the shipments of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sent out to Kmart came in boxes that said to put the game out immediately. Typically when stores get games early they’re marked with the date the games are meant to hit shelves. So in this case those boxes should have said to put the games out on Nov. 8.

Our reader tells us that since he’s a gamer, and coincidentally has no spending cash right now, he’s going to hold his copies until the official release date. But, he adds, if the store in your area has clueless, or cash ready electronics employees there’s a good chance that the game will be on the shelves and ready to be purchased.

None of the Kmarts in my area have opened yet, so I haven’t been able to see how many are selling the game early. We’ll be checking on that later today. It also might be worth checking in with other big retail chains to see if they had the same shipments with the wrong dates on them.

I’d assume that this is going to be rectified very quickly, so if you want a chance at an early copy you might want to go shopping first thing this morning.

We’ve reached out to Kmart and Activision for comment about the early sales and to see if any action will be taken against people who play the game early and will update when we hear back.

Update: Intern Matt just finished calling a slew of Kmarts from around the midwest, south and east coast and none of them are selling the game early. Sounds like stores have been alerted. But let us know if you find out different in comments.


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Calibur11 – Battlefield 3 Vault Released!

Calibur11 has announced another new addition to their line of Vault console housing systems. The newest addition celebrates Battlefield 3’s release, and is due to be for sale later this fall. In the past, Calibur11 has celebrated games such as Gears of War 3 with custom Vault systems, and their popularity is widely due to the unique design and protection their products offer gamers. The concept of the vault system is something that can benefit all Xbox 360 gamers, and the newest Battlefield 3 edition provides a unique way for gamers to celebrate the newest Battlefield release.

The vault system provides unique advantages that go well beyond an aesthetic enhancement of the Xbox 360 console. The housing unit protects from physical damage that defiles the integrity of the device, while providing a solid base that prevents the Xbox 360 from getting knocked over. All in all the advantages are undeniable, and it is a worthy investment for hardcore gamers.

The Battlefield 3 unit provides the same functional advantages as other Vaults, but increase the aesthetic appeal with a theme that is unique to the Battlefield game franchise. The unit features a claymore on the side, which as we all know, is a pertinent part of modern first-person shooter games. It also features a rugged design that adds to the nature of the Battlefield games, and lets your friends know that you mean business when you log on to the Xbox 360.

Additionally, the Battlefield 3 Vault can be outfitted with a decorative smoke grenade and a controller cradle, which add to the appeal of the unit. LED lighting also highlights the claymore and the unique design of the newest Vault from Calibur11.

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