Unconfirmed rumours allegedly originating from developers attending the recent Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas claim that details of the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft could be revealed as early as March this year.
The stories also outline what some of the enhanced features of the new consoles are likely to be.
According to the rumours, the new Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) console will benefit from a 1.84 teraflops processor and a RAM of 4GB.
Other unconfirmed reports claim the new device will be capable of running Blu-ray discs with a capacity of 100GB. It is also claimed that the console will benefit from a user friendly touch control pad.
Meanwhile, the rumours claim that although with 1.23 teraflops the new Xbox device – the Xbox 720 – will have a lower capacity than that anticipated for the PS4, it will top the PS4 in terms of RAM capacity – boasting as much as 8GB, with up to 5GB of this amount allocated specifically for games.
Like the PS4, the new Xbox is expected to be capable of playing Blu-ray discs with up to 100GB of data. The new device is also likely to benefit from an enhanced version of Microsoft’s Kinect motion control functionality.
Possible names for the new consoles have also been suggested – with the Xbox 720 said to be branded as Durango or Infinity and the PS4 possibly known as Orbis.
Several industry commentators say they believe that the new consoles will enjoy a similar longevity to that of the PS3 and the Xbox 360.