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Microsoft Xbox 720 to be Called Loop? Comes with ARM & WIndows 9

Microsoft is an ARM licensee so it is no surprise to hear rumours that the company plans to use a processor based on ARM's architecture custom built by its engineers in its next generation console, which has been commonly labelled as the Xbox 720, Loop or the Xbox Next.

In a way, Microsoft would be following in the footsteps of Apple who did the same with its A-series SoCs tied in with iOS. Microsoft is said to be doing the same with the Windows 9 Core.

According to MSNerd (opens in new tab), the system on chip will come with multiple dedicated cores for graphics, artificial intelligence, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors, and is designed by Microsoft and two other partners.

Nvidia could be one of them given that it has worked closely with Microsoft on the Xbox and the Xbox 360 and is currently an ARM licensee as well. XbitLabs (opens in new tab) reckons that Microsoft could hire AMD to make sure that backwards compatibility wouldn't be lost, although we envisage that the Xbox 720 may be a hybrid between Onlive and current consoles.

Microsoft is expected to announce the console in 2013. Windows 9, we believe could well be the first unified platform by Microsoft to serve both mobiles and desktops, which brings an interesting question. Could the Xbox 720 actually be a smartphone?

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.