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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: x86?
By Motoman on 5/15/2013 1:11:48 PM , Rating: -1
Here, you f%cking dipsh1ts:

As the term became common after the introduction of the 80386, it usually implies binary compatibility with the 32-bit instruction set of the 80386. This may sometimes be emphasized as x86-32[5] or x32 to distinguish it either from the original 16-bit "x86-16" or from the 64-bit x86-64. [6] Although most x86 processors used in new personal computers and servers have 64-bit capabilities, to avoid compatibility problems with older computers or systems, the term x86-64 (or x64) is often used to denote 64-bit software, with the term x86 implying only 32-bit. [7][8]

Now please STFU and GTFO.

RE: x86?
By karimtemple on 5/15/2013 1:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
lol. But this isn't about software. We're talking about processor architecture. The architecture is x86.

RE: x86?
By zephyrprime on 5/15/2013 1:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually not uncommon for "x86" to refer to the entirety of x86 architechture including x64. People speak imprecisely. I'm sure the software will all be 64bit since 64bit on x86 is a little faster than 32bit software.

RE: x86?
By karimtemple on 5/15/2013 1:57:47 PM , Rating: 3
Honestly, it's un common for hardware to be referred to as "x64," after like 2006. Once Intel switched over, nothing was 32-bit anymore except netbooks (which died quickly and painlessly in 2010).

RE: x86?
By Concillian on 5/15/2013 2:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
How often does x86 refer to only the 32 bit version of the architecture when you are talking about a system with 8GB memory standard?

Who cares what conventions are. If you use your brain it's pretty obvious what they're describing in this particular case.

RE: x86?
By karimtemple on 5/15/2013 2:08:00 PM , Rating: 3
In his defense:

1) He was clearly thinking about the convention marking 32-bit/64-bit software , which does persist to this day.

2) There are ways to get a 32-bit processor to talk to more than 4GB of memory; it's just that they're pointless when you can just build a 64-bit part.

RE: x86?
By Dug on 5/15/2013 2:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
You really don't know what you are talking about. All you are doing is quoting from wikipedia which is trying to explain to you that this denotes software.
x86 does not mean 32-bit which is clearly explained.

And I would hope that the mods ban you for such immature language and inability to comprehend.

RE: x86?
By Motoman on 5/15/2013 8:16:07 PM , Rating: 1
You people are utterly retarded. You must've been born 5 minutes ago if you think x86 isn't commonly used to describe 32-bit *period* - software or hardware - just as x64 is used to refer to 64-bit. Across the board.

The depth of the ignorance of people on this site is just astounding sometimes. Pull your heads out of your a$ses and look around once in a while.

RE: x86?
By inighthawki on 5/15/2013 9:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who actually deals with hardware will tell you it's incredibly common to referring to "x86" as any CPU created based on Intel's x86 family. This means x86 and x86-64. x86 is more commonly just synonymous with being the "Intel" based architecture (or at least the common one).

So maybe you should pull your head out of your a$s because you're clearly so full of yourself that you can't accept that you might be wrong every once in a while. Your arrogance is astounding.

RE: x86?
By Motoman on 5/16/2013 10:42:17 AM , Rating: 2
Your lack of any recognition of reality is well-established here in these forums.

It's quite possible that I've been working in the computer industry longer than you've been alive.

You. Are. Wrong.

Deal with it.

RE: x86?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 11:11:27 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but it's you who is wrong.

RE: x86?
By inighthawki on 5/16/2013 11:26:18 AM , Rating: 2
lol, if only you could hear yourself talk. it always amazes me how people who are dumb and THINK theyre smart try to give themselves so much credit.

Hate to break this to you, but you're way overconfident in your analyses and you also have a severe anger issue, you may want to try therapy.

I don't have to deal with anything because I and the other dozen people posting against you are correct. Perhaps it is you who needs to accept facts and deal with it. You've been in the computer industry longer than I've been alive and you aren't that good at it.

RE: x86?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/15/2013 9:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
You have some serious anger issues, Jesus Christ. I think you need to get off the computer and talk a walk or something.

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