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Xbox 720 to ship with 16-core CPU?

The latest rumor surrounding Microsoft's upcoming console is a crazy one that has the device equipped with an insanely powerful central processing unit.

Can you imagine the raw power of a costly enterprise server in your next game console?

The latest rumor circulating about the upcoming Microsoft console (aka, the Xbox 720) indicates that it will contain a monster CPU. According to U.K.-based ComputerAndVideoGames.com, the console could be equipped with a 16-core IBM PowerPC chip reportedly found in some early development machines. Wait, 16 cores?

While a powerful CPU would be a nice boost for enabling more intelligent game engines, it's actually the GPU that takes care of complex graphics rendering such as tessellation and anti-aliasing. Confused? Think lifelike texture and smooth jaggies-free outlines of your game characters for starters.

The same source, which provided the lead, also cited a 2013 launch for the Xbox 720.

(Source: Crave Asia)