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Microsoft will finally answer the questions of DRM and more next week

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will announce its next generation console next Tuesday (May 21) ahead of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Rumored to be named either the Xbox Infinity or Xbox 720, the upcoming console stirred controversy over rumors that it would use digital rights management (DRM) to ban used games.  Rude Twitter remarks led to the firing of one Microsoft staffer as the debate over the DRM grew heated.

No one knows for sure, though, whether Microsoft actually planned the DRM or is sticking to such possible plans after the controversy.

What is expected is that the Microsoft console will pack similar hardware to arch-rival Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758already-announced PS4.  That console packs 8 GB of DRAM, aside a GPU and x86 CPU from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).  Given that NVIDIA Corp. (NVDAsays it isn't interesting in making console graphics, it seems likely AMD could pop up in the next Xbox, as well.

The PS4 -- which has not yet been priced -- is rumored to be priced between $400 and $500 USD.  The next Xbox is rumored to cost $500 USD, but also be available in an ad-subsidized form for $200 to $300 USD.

The console is rumored to introduce 1080p Kinect motion controls, a work-in-progress that's been written about in leaks stories for some time.

Source: ExtremeTech



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RE: 4K TV
By karimtemple on 5/15/2013 10:50:06 AM , Rating: 3
The problem with your analysis (aside from the fact that this is launch software) is that this game is targeting a far higher level of graphics quality to something you'd expect to see today at 1080p60. Current demo performance suggest that the game is locked down to 30fps, the implication of which is that the game can reach Xfps but goes back-and-forth between X and [something above 30fps]. The PS4 has the hardware to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra @ 1080p far higher than 60fps. All of this "Gen 8 games are going to be 1080p30" talk is foolish.


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