The website vgleaks.com posted what they claim are the hardware specs for the next-gen Xbox, code-named “Durango.” It matches earlier reports that the system will have more in common with high-end PCs than prior consoles, but of course there’s nothing to solidly confirm this is exactly what Microsoft’s next console will look like.
According to the specs Durango will have an 8-core processor, a custom GPU, 8 GB of RAM and a Blu-ray disc drive, along with other numbers for people who prefer their hardware porn on the hardcore side of things. It’s similar to what EuroGamer says the PS4, aka “Orbis,” will sport: however, Orbis reportedly has a better-equipped GPU capable of crunching graphics data faster than the Durango. Whether that’s purely academic or an actual visual difference will have to be determined once the consoles launch with actual next-gen games.
Speaking of launch, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said today he’s content letting Microsoft announce their next console before Sony does. Hirai told the Times “why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?”
Since it’s awfully late in the cycle to change anything about the next PlayStation, it’s more likely that Sony wants to adjust what they show and tell with their console based off how Microsoft does. I’m also looking back at the prediction from Baird analyst Colin Sebastian that Sony will have trouble keeping their high-performance machine’s production caught up with the demand, and it’s possible any delays with announcements or showing off machines could be because Sony wants to make sure they have all their ducks in a row before putting their next console in front of the public’s eyes and making promises about when they can ship them.