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Old 10-14-2009, 06:20 PM
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AMD's proposed deal for the 'Xbox 720' makes sense for backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games.

AMD/ATI has reportedly already won a deal to produce the GPU on Microsoft's Project Phoenix; otherwise the next Xbox console from Microsoft. Some have coined it the Xbox 720.

Fudzilla is reporting that AMD/ATI has been tasked to create the graphics processor for the next-generation Xbox, showing that Microsoft was very happy with the Xbox 360's Xenos GPU. The console is expected to hit in 2012.
But the AMD deal doesn't only make sense because Microsoft is happy with their current GPU, it also make sense for backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games.

We previously revealed that Xbox developers had tested Xbox 360 games running on Project Phoenix's proposed technical specs, where they found they could increase AA (anti-aliasing), AF (anastropic filtering), framerate and general improve performance.

The inclusion of another ATI GPU has the potential that the next Xbox will not only run Xbox 360 games, it will improve their performance and graphics.
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So the nextXbox will have backwards and forwards compatibility


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Xbox fansite Xbox Evolved claims that Microsoft is "testing the waters" with "forward-compatible" games for the next generation of Xbox hardware, commonly referred to as the Xbox 720.

The report states that in addition to being backwards compatible with all Xbox 360 games, the Xbox 720 will enhance select Xbox 360 releases with improved draw distance, better speed, additional functionality with the new controller, and possibly new features, such as Xbox 720-only downloadable content.

Xbox Evolved compares the jump to playing Crysis on a mid-range PC, then updating the video card for better performance. The site adds that it has a solid history of reporting on new Xbox hardware, as it was the first to report that the Xbox 360 would have an optional hard drive, unlike the original Xbox which packed a hard drive in each unit.

According to the site, developers will need to implement forwards compatibility in their upcoming titles, providing the hypothetical Gears of War 3 as an example, but these tools aren't yet available as the Xbox 720's specifications are not yet finalized. Several industry figures have predicted that the next generation of consoles will arrive by 2012.

The site offered no details on backwards compatibility, leaving it unclear if the Xbox 720 will use software or hardware-based emulation to play Xbox 360 games. The Xbox 360 utilizes a specially-coded software emulator to play original Xbox games and bump up their resolution, though only certain titles are compatible.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:25 PM
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Microsoft and Sony both simply must have some form of hardware BC next gen. The recession combined with the cost of upgrading displays this gen has taken a big bite out of the consumer and very few gamers will rush to jump to the next gen if they can't sell their existing hardware to help pay for the upgrade.

Hope this turns out to be true.
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Interesting... I seriously doubt it'll be called "720" though. If they do another weird number it'll be "1080" for the association with "1080p".
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Would the 360 BC also include whatever original X-Box games work on it, or is that something that would need to be added in again?
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Would the 360 BC also include whatever original X-Box games work on it, or is that something that would need to be added in again?
If the new hardware is just faster versions of the old hardware, it seems the software wouldn't have to change. That's an interesting aspect of both the 360 and PS3 is that I think both are based on technology that can simply be scaled up (more GPU pipes, more CPU cores/SPEs, more memory) for huge performance gains. It will definitely be an interesting changeover when the next generation comes.
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Microsoft and Sony both simply must have some form of hardware BC next gen. The recession combined with the cost of upgrading displays this gen has taken a big bite out of the consumer and very few gamers will rush to jump to the next gen if they can't sell their existing hardware to help pay for the upgrade.

Hope this turns out to be true.
Completely agree.

I think lacking BC is their major failing this gen. The damned thing is Sony had it right from the beginning then retreated.

Love the idea of the same games looking better than before.
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I'd like to point out that "Fudzilla" is headed by a former Inquirer writer; a site renowned for utter bs. In this particular case, the post mentioning that MS and Sony intended to have "console refreshes" in 2010, but the recession forced their hands to keep the current consoles until 2012.

Going with ATI again makes a lot of sense though.
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While not the most accurate and they do report on speculation a lot, I hope you're not confusing Inquirer with National Enquirer...
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