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"Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon." Microsoft prepares 65nm chips for Xbox 360

When it comes to Microsoft's Xbox 360, Dean Takahashi always seems to have the inside scoop. He was the first to spill the beans on Xbox 360 IPTV and provided confirmation on the existence of the Xbox 360 Elite.

Today, Takahashi confirmed that Microsoft's upcoming 65nm die shrink for the Xbox 360's microprocessor and GPU is codenamed "Falcon." Takahashi reports that Microsoft is currently qualifying the new Falcon chips along with a redesigned motherboard. The 65nm-equipped Xbox 360s are due to hit store shelves this fall.

The new chips are not only smaller and roughly 50 percent cheaper to produce than their 90nm counterpart, but they are also cooler. Cooler-running chips coupled with a revised cooling solution would go a long way to eradicating the Xbox 360’s fatal flaw: the Red Ring of Death (RROD).

Heat has been a big problem with the Xbox 360 and has been the root cause of RROD cases around the globe. Microsoft has countered the RROD failures by increasing the warranty of the console, adding various "warranty enhancements" and beefed up cooling solutions on new production Xbox 360 units.

Microsoft ultimately caved in to mounting pressure from the Xbox 360 community on RROD failures and announced a $1 billion initiative to service Xbox 360s afflicted with the problem and extended warranty coverage for those machines to three years.

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RE: And so it begins.
By Rampage on 7/9/2007 6:33:11 PM , Rating: 0
You are correct.

But only MS has the power and ability at this point to go after not only Sony.. which they've done an amazing job of smashing...

AND they are gearing up to go after the wii's demographic.

First things first though, defeat PS3.
MS is in a very strong position with their console.

RE: And so it begins.
By ObscureCaucasian on 7/9/2007 11:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
They have very little to appeal to the Wii's demographic..... except for Vivia Pinata. They need many more titles like that before any stereotypical Wii owner will want a 360.

I love the 360, but I realize that it just isn't appealing to non-gamers at this point. Perhaps Microsoft's next console will have something that will appeal to non-gamers.

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