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Rumor: Xbox 720 Delayed Due To Poor Chip Quality
While Microsoft hasn’t even announced the successor to the Xbox 360 there are already reports that the console’s reveal, as well as its launch, have been delayed as a result of poor quality chips.
Tech news site SemiAccurate‘s source in Microsoft has reported the the Xbox 720 (or whatever it will be called) will use AMD manufactured processors rather than IBM chips which are used in the Xbox 360. The source has reported that the chips are code-named Oban and that their performance is currently ‘painfully low’.
The source went so far as to say that their operation was worse than “horrid.”
SemiAccurate’s also says that Microsoft will submit chips for testing by November 8 meaning it will miss the scheduled December manufacturing date. According to the site the Xbox 720 is due to launch in September 2013 though a delay will likely see that target missed.
In recent weeks there have been numerous reports of the Xbox 720 slipping into 2014.
“This week, I’m getting a lot of rumors that are very interesting about 2013,” GameStop CEO Paul Raines said recently. “We have not been expecting two more consoles in 2013. We’re expecting Wii U this holiday, another one next year, and another one in ’14. These rumors change every week, but we’re hearing more about next year,” he added.
While analyst Michael Patcher also commented: “we believe that Microsoft could delay a new console launch until spring of 2014 in order to accommodate what is certain to be overwhelming demand among hardcore gamers.”
It is possible that the delay is due to R&D problems rather than concerns over demand, of course Microsoft has yet to reveal their next system or announce a release date, let alone technical specifications, and are unlikely to do so before E3 2013.