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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: Price cut?
By Belard on 7/10/2007 4:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
The price cut should help sell PS3... we'll know in a few weeks when retailers report their sales. I think SONY should have made the new HIGH end model come with a 100GB drive... 60 isn't bad, its a lot better than the 360's 20GB which doesn't leave much room for anything.

Keep in mind, many people still don't know that the PS3's HD is user-servicable. You can go to newegg, spend $140 for a 200GB drive or $70 for a 120GB drive... the PS3 will auto format and prep the drive.

Okay.. quicky numbers:

PS3 = $500 : BluRay, wireless controllers and networking.
360e = $480 : DVD wireless controller. Add $85 for wireless networking device. Add $200 for HD-DVD, if needed.
Total = $765...

So... how does PS3 cost more? And when you want to transport, the PS3 has a single power cord... PS3 has a brick... and if you need to bring your HD-DVD drive, you're packing 2 bricks, 2 power cords, a data USB cable for the HD-DVD drive... ah...

RE: Price cut?
By FITCamaro on 7/10/2007 7:01:48 AM , Rating: 2
I play games with my games console. So when I bought it, 360 = $480 and PS3 = $600. Yes for $20 more a PS3 wouldn't be a bad deal if it had any good exclusive games. But you can also be sure that a 360 price drop is coming.

RE: Price cut?
By Oscarine on 7/14/2007 4:23:20 PM , Rating: 2

Ah but it will have good exclusive games. I own a 360 now, but I certainly plan on owning a PS3 once exclusives like MGS4, GT5, Killzone, and FF13 start showing up.

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