Well here’s a nice way to start off the week, with another Xbox 720 rumor. A group of inside industry sources believe that some leaked images of an Xbox 720 development kit are the real deal.

Digital Foundry is reporting that the development kit posted on an obscure developer forum is the real deal. According to their “inside industry sources,” the images are of an actual Durango–the alleged codename for the next Xbox–development kit.

The site even contacted the original source of the leak and quizzed him about it. The source said that the kits had been delivered back in February, he then went on to detail the system’s 64-bit architecture which contains Intel CPUs and an nVidia graphics card. He also mentioned that the kit is packed with over 8GB of RAM, and that the final retail hardware is expected to have eight cores.

Digital Foundry’s industry sources confirmed that the console will be a 64-bit system, and also confirmed the authenticity of the images. Now you may be wondering why it doesn’t look like a console, this is because development kits are usually just PC towers full of the components that represent the final hardware.

I have no idea what to make of this, there’s far too many inside sources and anonymous people involved to make a clear cut decision on the legitimacy of these shots. You will have to make your own mind up.

Real or fake? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Digital Foundry


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