While the launch of the successor of the Xbox 360 is still nearly two years from now, more rumours have emerged regarding the performance of the next generation gaming platform.
Gaming publication IGN says that its sources have confirmed that mass production of the system on chip that will power the Xbox 720 will begin towards the end of 2012.
In addition, they said the device will be six times more powerful than the Xbox 360 when it comes to raw graphics processing power, and will be 20 per cent more powerful than the Nintendo Wii U (ed : which means that the Wii U is five times more powerful than the Xbox 360).
In addition, IGN says that the first development kits will be shipped to developers in August, rather than in the first half of the year as reported by a number of websites, with the console going on sale in October or November 2013.
It was also confirmed that the GPU will be based on the AMD 6000 series (Southern Islands) and will be a customised version fo the Radeon HD 6670.
The latter offers DirectX11 compatibility as well as multidisplay output, 3D, 1080p HD output and a card based on that chip retails for around £60.