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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 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.

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