Xbox 720: Patent Verifies Leaked Next-Gen Microsoft Doc Details

Tom Hopkins

A Microsoft patent filed in 2010 appears to corroborate many of the details revealed by leaked Xbox 720 document.

Published on Jul 10, 2012


The patent link has now changed - hit this link to see a PDF of the original patent filing.

[Original story]
Xbox 720/Project Durango could well have separate CPUs for running games and system applications, according to a newly uncovered Microsoft patent filing.

The filing, found by Beyond3D (via GAF) seems to back up much of the information found in the alleged Xbox 720 document that recently found it's way online, then was taken down at Microsoft's request.

As summarised on GAF, the patent relates to system architecture which satisfies "quality of service (QoS) guarantees for multimedia applications such as game applications while allowing platform resources, hardware resources in particular, to scale up or down over time".

That suggests Microsoft could create a core gameplay platform/spec for the next Xbox while modifying or updating other console capabilities such as multimedia functionality.

Additionally, "resources of the computer system are partitioned into a platform partition and an application partition, each including its own central processing unit (CPU) and, optionally, graphics processing unit (GPU)" according to the patent, confirming the idea that the next Xbox will come in multiple iterations with a heavy emphasis on capabilities split between games and other functions.

It doesn't mention specs - check out the original leaked document for those.



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