New Xbox 360 Revision Impending

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A 65 nanometer chipset revision is underway for the Xbox 360.

Following on the heels of a Sony’s $100 PS3 price cut and Microsoft’s own decision to extend Xbox 360 warranties, the Redmond-based giant has reportedly developed a revised chipset for its console.

Code-named “Falcon,” the new chipset is being manufactured in a 65 nm production process, compared to the existing 90nm units.

The smaller die size should reduce heat consumption and costs. Excess heat is widely believed to be a major factor in the abnormally high hardware failure rate for the 360, which Microsoft had downplayed until its recently-announced warranty extension.

The move could also foreshadow an upcoming price drop for the console, which has clung to its original retail price since release.

Source: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=26521

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