According to reports reaching to the very upper leaves of the technology news tree, Microsoftís Xbox division has suffered a serious information security leak, with a considerable portion of the Xbox 2ís bottom being accidentally flashed to the world.
Information suggests that a good portion of the finalised specifications have been leaked, likely to be from a development source with the ink on the obligatory NDA still wet on the parchment.
The GPU will supposedly be based around ATiís R500 and will be fully compatible with DirectX 9 and 10. As well as a standard graphics rendering core, the as-yet unnamed processor will feature embedded DRAM to act as a frame-buffer, capable of wrestling an image of 480i, thus making fully anti-aliased high-definition TV possible for the first time.
The RAM allocation is said to have increased from 256MB to 512MB, operating on a 256-bit bus - a figure likely to exceed the possibilities on offer to competitors at launch.
Three IBM 64-bit microprocessors, as used in Apple Computer's high-end G5 PowerMac, will be incorporated, lending the new machine more computing power than most current PCs.
According to sources, compatibility with the current model Xbox isn't guaranteed, mainly due to the Intel and nVidia CPU/GPU combination it employs. Possible licensing issues, in terms of using nVidia middleware libraries and compilers, are also a concern. However, some state that a full software emulation of the current Xbox would not be out of the question.
Stay tuned for much, much more on all this on the run up to E3.