Report: Next Xbox Could Be Held Up By Chip Problems
The chip rumored to be used in Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is reportedly in short supply, and that, in turn, is fueling reports and rumors that the console will miss its (rumored) September 2013 release.
Tech site SemiAccurate is reporting that the chip being used in the next Xbox, dubbed “Oban,” isn’t being produced in sufficient quantities to meet Microsoft’s demand. It sounds as though issues with chip production are at fault, and the number of functional devices being turned out because of it is low. And that implies that Microsoft will have to push back its reported ship date of September 2013 for the console.
According to unnamed supply chain sources cited by SemiAccurate, Microsoft is farming out the production to three different factories, hoping one will be able to fix the issue and get the console’s production going again. Reportedly, Microsoft’s production schedule can accommodate between six and eight weeks of delay — any more than that, and it’ll have to start pushing back its release date.
Of course, none of this is official. Microsoft hasn’t confirmed any details about a new console yet, so we’ll have to take SemiAccurate’s report as it is.