According to an Edge source, the successor to the Xbox 360 will be “arriving at retail in late 2012”.
The source stated that Ubisoft Montreal is currently working hard with “target boxes based on the intended specifications of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 successor”. These “target boxes” are said to be PCs containing off-the-shelf components provided by Microsoft, which several other major developers, including certain EA studios, are also in possession of.
Exact specification details were unable to be shared by the source, but it is believed that AMD is providing the bespoke GPU solution for the console. Whilst this could just be a coincidence, the CES 2012 announcement rumour we reported earlier this week also pointed out AMD as the graphics card solution. Interesting, very interesting.
The first iteration of genuine devkits, running custom hardware, is expected to reach studios before Christmas, and (as stated earlier) all signs point to the finalised console arriving at retail in late 2012.
In the same article, Edge also state that one major Sony-owned studio has now ceased PlayStation 3 development, and has begun focusing on its successor.
If this information is indeed correct, then it seems like the next-generation of consoles could be here before we know it. Would you welcome a brand new Xbox this time next year? Do you think the current consoles have more to give? Whatever your thoughts may be, be sure to share them with us via the comments section below.