Items tagged with Xenos

With all the recent discussions of future consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we've decided to tackle one of the most significant questions--should future consoles be upgradeable? Historically, console add-ons that boosted the performance of the primary unit haven't done well. Sega's Mega-CD and 32x additions to the original Genesis both failed; Nintendo's attempt to boost the performance of the N64 through the use of a RAM expansion pack saw only a limited amount of success. Any attempt to upgrade a system's core performance risks bifurcating the user base and increases the amount of work developers... Read more...
The hardware specifications for the components in the XBox 360 or Playstation 3 may not have changed since launch day, but semiconductor manufacturing has advanced significantly. Supposedly leaked photos of a new XBox 360 motherboard indicate that Microsoft could be poised to take advantage of that fact. If the image is real (and it might not be), Microsoft has redesigned the XBox's motherboard from the ground up. Image by Kotaku.comAbove we have the leaked photo, below we have the XBox 360 motherboard as its more-or-less appeared to date. The major difference between the two is the position of... Read more...
Beyond3D has posted confirmation that ATI's next generation GPU will be based off of technology currently found in the Xbox 360's XENOS GPU. Without question, this seems to guarantee a unified shader architecture which will arrive just in time to match with DirectX10's support for such an architecture. With the efforts already made to go down this design route with the Xenos GPU, it seems logical that the company would apply what they've learned to their line of discrete PC graphics cards.At a recent analyst session ATI's Senior VP of PC Business, Rick Bergman, has confirmed that their next generation... Read more...
Good afternoon all! The news has been flowing in at a steady clip today, so we've got a decent amount of the good stuff to get posted. Our colleagues over at Beyond3D have an interesting article posted outlining ATI's Xenos GPU, which will be found in the XBox 360 and the [H] has posted their first full-system review. Here are some links and quotes for you all...  ATI Xenos: XBOX 360 Graphics Demystified @ Beyond3D: "As each of the three shader ALU arrays is a separate array there is no dependency between one another so what programs are being executed on them at any one point in time... Read more...