XBOX 720 Rumors

The Xbox 720 is the industry nickname for Microsoft’s next big addition to the console gaming and multimedia entertainment market. Given the popularity of the Xbox 360, it was inevitable that Microsoft would want to build on that success with a new and superior product and the company confirms that it began considering the next generation almost as soon as the current Xbox began to ship.

Rivals Sony have let slip that their own PlayStation 4 will also be shipping sometime in the next couple of years, estimating that it will hit the stores not much later than the Xbox 720 (codenamed “Durango”). Sony have a longer and more impressive track record as a purveyor of addictive games console technology than Microsoft and there’s considerable loyalty among PS gaming fans. Future purchasers will be looking both at the new consoles’ speed and graphical excellence from a gameplay perspective; but the winner in battle of the consoles will also need to compete on multimedia capabilities.

One hot rumour is that the new Xbox will incorporate a Blu-Ray drive. When the Xbox 360 first shipped, the format wars were still ongoing and Microsoft was a stanch member of Team HD DVD. Now that Blu-Ray has soundly trounced its rivals to become the reigning multimedia format, it seems an absolute certainty that both consoles will include Blu-Ray.

Another solid bet is that the new Xbox will have HDMI and Wi-Fi as standard. The Xbox 360 Elite offers HDMI; as of 2012, Wi-Fi also comes as standard. More to the point, the The PS3 already comes with Wi-Fi Ethernet and Bluetooth so we can reasonably assume that the PS4 will, too. To remain competitive, the Xbox 720 needs to match these capabilities.

The Xbox 720’s processor is another major focus for speculation. Rumours that the PS4 would be sticking with the PS3’s Cell processor have been quashed and industry insiders now believe it will employ an AMD x64 CPU. The Xbox 720 will need to compete with that to attract serious gaming enthusiasts. It’s probable that Microsoft will turn to its partner IBM for the latest in processor technology. IBM’s Power6 chip, a dual core 4.7GHz server CPU, would give the Xbox a serious edge over its rival. Rumour has it that the Xbox 720 will contain two GPUs for faster graphics.

Fans who have amassed a large collection of games and a virtual trophy cabinet of achievements needn’t fret. The Xbox 720 will almost certainly be backwards compatible, allowing you to play all your existing games, and achievements you’ve unlocked on the Xbox 360 will probably be carried over too. The Xbox 360 still has a lot to give and Microsoft will certainly continue supporting it after the Xbox 720’s release.

The new console could theoretically stand the gaming industry on its head, capitalising on the ground that Microsoft has already gained in the gaming and entertainment market. A firm launch date has yet to be announced but 2014 seems a likely estimate.

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Smart-AVI takes HDMI to the limit with the HDXtreem

SmartAVI has expanded its HDMI solution family with the new HDXtreem. The new HDXtreem makes it possible to watch and control HDTV 1080p video over 330ft (100m) from the source.

The HDXtreem uses only one CAT5 UTP cable to extend HDMI signals such as HDTV output over 330ft (100m) from the source. It is capable of transmitting uncompressed HD video up to 1080p and high-quality Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA audio signals. HDXtreem’s bi-directional IR and RS-232 capability allow the user to remotely control the video source. Whether it’s for a home entertainment system or a commercial installation, the HDXtreem delivers flexibility and control.

SmartAVI, Inc. has recently moved to a larger facility and increased its production. The expansion has made it possible to create several new products. To learn more about the HDXtreem and SmartAVI’s other new products, visit http://www.smartavi.com and go to the New Products category.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Blu-ray Player Supports Full Blu-ray 3D MVC Decoding and HDMI 1.4 Output

CyberLink  is pleased to announce support in PowerDVD for full-quality stereoscopic 3D video on AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics.

On systems with the updated version of PowerDVD Blu-ray player combined with the new AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics, consumers can enjoy full-quality Blu-ray 3D disc playback on the latest 3D televisions, through an HDMI 1.4a connection. Home theater enthusiasts are able to stream full multi-channel Blu-ray audio through the same HDMI connection to their compatible Audio/Video Receiver. PowerDVD takes full advantage of the Unified Video Decoder feature of AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics, delivering outstanding video quality even when decoding Blu-ray 3D MVC stereoscopic video at up to 60 megabits per second.

CyberLink is dedicated to providing the best possible entertainment experience, said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp. We are delighted to deliver accelerated video software performance with the updated version of PowerDVD 10. With AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics and Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D, home theater enthusiasts can enjoy Blu-ray 3D in full quality.

We are excited to work closely with CyberLink on its flagship product PowerDVD 10 optimized for AMD Radeon graphics, offering Accelerated Parallel Processing and support for DirectX 11,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD (NYSE: AMD) . The new PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D takes full advantage of the Unified Video Decoder and HDMI 1.4 features of the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics, enabling spectacular 3D viewing experiences.

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