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Xbox 720 Could Be Delayed, Rumor Suggests

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Microsoft's next-generation Xbox is apparently dealing with chip production yield issues.

There is not much substantiated information that would put the Xbox into the definite space of delay, but some bits published by SemiAccurate, suggest that Microsoft is currently dealing with the usual pre-production annoyances and is scrambling to get the processor of the console into reliable manufacturing.

SemiAccurate's Charlie Demerjian believes that a finalized chip will have to be put into production by November 1 in order to be able to qualify it for mass production this year. In order to secure the rumored September 2013 launch date, Microsoft and its partners will have to figure out their yield problems by February 2013 to be able to finalize the console.

It may be a bit early to assess any yield issues and how they will affect the release of the console. However, we are not so sure about the September launch date. Our sources at game developers point to an October 2013 target. September is awfully close to the back-to-school season and implies limited consumer funds. Microsoft has been historically targeting October or November as the best months of the year to launch its cornerstone products and that is unlikely to change with the next Xbox.

The original Xbox was launched in November 2001, and the Xbox 360 in November 2005. If we look at the past Windows releases, Windows XP came in October 2001, Windows Vista in January 2007 (which was an accident and a delay from the planned October 2006 launch date, when Microsoft was certain that it would miss the Christmas season), Windows 7 was launched in October 2009 and Windows 8 will launch in October 2012. Microsoft rarely changes its product introduction strategy and there is no indication or reason why the company would change it with the Xbox 720. If it is released in 2013, it will most likely launch in November to capture as much Christmas revenue as it can.

 

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    jkflipflop98 , September 8, 2012 2:35 AM
    How can it be delayed when there's no release date set? Stupid headlines are stupid.
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    fonzy , September 8, 2012 2:54 AM
    I think I'll wait and let the early adopters deal with the problems that are sure to come. Ring of Death 2.0
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    A Bad Day , September 8, 2012 2:53 AM
    asalikusYou know what? Just don't release those damn consoles!


    Next-gen smartphones will have more processing power than the current generation of consoles. And almost everyone knows that gaming rigs run in circles around smartphones in raw performance.

    I want the new consoles, because the developers would have a reason to bump up the system requirements of their games.
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  • 32 Hide
    jkflipflop98 , September 8, 2012 2:35 AM
    How can it be delayed when there's no release date set? Stupid headlines are stupid.
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    asalikus , September 8, 2012 2:39 AM
    You know what? Just don't release those damn consoles!
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    kcorp2003 , September 8, 2012 2:47 AM
    yield issues makes sense. i hope that doesn't drive up the demand with price if they do release it in time for October/November 2013 (based on rumors). I want to see their inferior hardware choice at launch time.
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    A Bad Day , September 8, 2012 2:53 AM
    asalikusYou know what? Just don't release those damn consoles!


    Next-gen smartphones will have more processing power than the current generation of consoles. And almost everyone knows that gaming rigs run in circles around smartphones in raw performance.

    I want the new consoles, because the developers would have a reason to bump up the system requirements of their games.
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    fonzy , September 8, 2012 2:54 AM
    I think I'll wait and let the early adopters deal with the problems that are sure to come. Ring of Death 2.0
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    KelvinTy , September 8, 2012 3:08 AM
    I wish the day of HD6670 becoming mainstream will never arrive. AT LEAST A HD7850, or whatever equil when it is released...
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    matt_b , September 8, 2012 3:10 AM
    A Bad DayI want the new consoles, because the developers would have a reason to bump up the system requirements of their games.

    This could also be the final nail in-the-coffin for DirectX 9. I welcome the move away from (now) highly-optimized 2006 graphics and look forward to progress again.
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    tomfreak , September 8, 2012 3:15 AM
    Original Xbox 4 years cycle, Xbox360 = 8 years cycles. So 720 gonna last 16years b4 the release another one? oh..my god.....by then a $100 GPU can max everything, even the newest console port title.
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    aftcomet , September 8, 2012 3:24 AM
    A Bad DayNext-gen smartphones will have more processing power than the current generation of consoles. And almost everyone knows that gaming rigs run in circles around smartphones in raw performance.I want the new consoles, because the developers would have a reason to bump up the system requirements of their games.


    I don't see any consumer level smartphone in the next ten years surpassing PS3/360.
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    JamesSneed , September 8, 2012 3:30 AM
    Quote:
    How can it be delayed when there's no release date set? Stupid headlines are stupid.


    There is always a release date, just because Microsoft hasn't published one to the general public doesn't mean the date can not be delayed. I give it to you though this is pretty premature.
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    bestlink101 , September 8, 2012 5:08 AM
    if it has a 4k resolution than im in for a delay
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    ghakes , September 8, 2012 5:11 AM
    Yea I'm not going to be ion any Hurry for this new Console. Like all before it, it will be at least two to three years after launch before we see any titles that actually take full advantage of the new Hardware. It will be three years after launch before i jump in.
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    slabbo , September 8, 2012 5:34 AM
    fonzyI think I'll wait and let the early adopters deal with the problems that are sure to come. Ring of Death 2.0

    then you'll be waiting a long long long time, as the ring of death still hasn't been completely resolved! LOL
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    _scientist , September 8, 2012 7:05 AM
    What scares me is the 720 is supposed to have 8 cores, so will that mean my 3570k will be come obsolete for the new generation of games?
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    bigdog44 , September 8, 2012 7:32 AM
    Why do people keep using the HD6670 to reference the GPU, since there is no way it could do 3D at 1080p at any appreciable frame rate? It wil need at least twice the muscle.
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    back_by_demand , September 8, 2012 7:35 AM
    I think the day the Xbox 720 arrives I may spend half the purchase cost on a graphics upgrade for my PC that will put in 2 generations ahead
    ...
    Then have a snack
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    bigdog44 , September 8, 2012 8:02 AM
    At ''back by demand'' aka nostrodamus: how can you make such a statement when A) you dont know the cost of the base model and B) you dont know the real world performance of the console?
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    Swolern , September 8, 2012 8:07 AM
    Go Intel or go home!
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    back_by_demand , September 8, 2012 8:39 AM
    bigdog44At ''back by demand'' aka nostrodamus: how can you make such a statement when A) you dont know the cost of the base model and B) you dont know the real world performance of the console?

    Because of:-
    C) I did the same after the last 2 Xbox releases, no reason to believe form will change
    D) Performance of the console is almost irrelevant as it will output 1080p maximum as designed to work on a TV, whilst GFX cards I have owned for the last 10 years have all been able to drive an excellent display on a 2560 x 1600 monitor
    E) How did you know my real name was Nostradamus?
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    irh_1974 , September 8, 2012 8:40 AM
    PWNED!!!!!!!!!
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