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Xbox 2 Plans on Schedule 32

Posted by Zonk
from the next-next-gen dept.
Thanks to GamesIndustry.biz for their article regarding the manufacturing plans for the Xbox 2. "Speaking at a press conference, senior vice president Kenneth Kin said that ... manufacturing plans for Xbox 2 chips is 'proceeding according to plan,' scotching recent murmuring about a possible further delay to Microsoft's schedule for the system."
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Xbox 2 Plans on Schedule

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  • Text of the article (Score:3, Informative)

    by TrafficGeek (217056) on Tuesday September 21, 2004 @11:57AM (#10309865)
    Reassurance on next-gen development progress

    A representative of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the company tasked with fabricating the chips being used in Microsoft's next Xbox console, has told the media that the development of the console is proceeding to plan.

    Speaking at a press conference, senior vice president Kenneth Kin said that the firm's manufacturing plans for Xbox 2 chips is "proceeding according to plan," scotching recent murmuring about a possible further delay to Microsoft's schedule for the system.

    TSMC has been tapped to develop the core chipsets for the Xbox 2 platform, including ATI's GPU chip, which the graphics company said was nearing the end of its development stage earlier this month.

    It's believed that Microsoft is planning to launch the Xbox 2 in late 2005, which would give it a significant headstart over its rivals, as neither Sony nor Nintendo is expected to have a new home console ready until 2006.

    Xbox 2 - which is reportedly codenamed Xenon in the development community - will feature multiple IBM Power5 processors, an SIS motherboard chipset and the aforementioned ATI graphics unit. Early development kits for the hardware have already been sent to selected developers, based on Apple PowerMac G5 units running a custom version of the Windows NT kernel.
    • "It's believed that Microsoft is planning to launch the Xbox 2 in late 2005, which would give it a significant headstart over its rivals, as neither Sony nor Nintendo is expected to have a new home console ready until 2006."

      It seems like both Nintendo and Sony are prepared to launch at the end of 2005 - both look like they are going to unveil the beginning of next year as is Microsoft. Let the competition begin...
      • You do realize that Sony hasn't even had a prototype Cell chip made yet, right? And they don't expect the first prototype CHIPS to be ready until late this year or early next year.

        Even considering they get the prototype chips ready by say November, they won't have final versions and manufacturing ready until early next year at the earliest, which means developers won't be able to get development kits until after that.

        Sorry, there's no way in hell that sony is going to launch in 2005 with the PS3, provi

        • Launching first isn't necessarily an advantage you know. Look at the Dreamcast - it wasn't able to make a significant dent in the PS1 user-base, and when the PS2 came out it was seen as second-generation, giving the Dreamcast a dated feel of a "one and a half" generation console (yeah, yeah, I know this is wrong and the Dreamcast was as good as the PS2 in some areas, but this was not the perception).
          So, rather than getting the drop on the competition, they just allowed them time to study the move and counte
    • based on Apple PowerMac G5 units running a custom version of the Windows NT kernel.

      Great, now the G5 has been infected... now no one is safe...

  • Nintendo: $149 DS!
    Sony: Slimmer PS2!
    MS: Err... umm...
    • by karnal (22275) on Tuesday September 21, 2004 @03:58PM (#10312822)
      Maybe Microsoft could get some weight-loss shakes for it's XBox....
    • Re:3 announcements (Score:3, Insightful)

      by StocDred (691816)
      This is modded Troll? He's making a point about the press release war. Nintendo reveals the DS, Sony immediately reveals the PStwo... and Microsoft has jack shit, so the best they can come up with is "Chip production is on schedule."

      Chip production is on schedule! Get me to the fanboy forums immediately! OMG!

      • Does Microsoft really NEED to fucking release anything just because the others are?

        One is a handheld, one is a re-hash, while both interesting they are both not exciting specifically.

        The Xbox is fine as it is and beggining to really gain momentum game wise now.
        • "Beginning to gain momentum game wise now"? After three years? Wow, that is something to be proud of.

          Obviously Microsoft thought it was important to "fucking release" something just because the others are, or else they wouldn't have bothered. The point is how silly a topic Microsoft chose to mention.

          • When the Nintendo 64 gained momentum two years late, it was a complete failure. The XBOX is three years late and this is success?
  • I'm ready to order the xbox 2 asap. The xbox 1 was awesome for so long and is still pretty good that I have high expectations for xbox2.

    blog [homeip.net]

    • Thank god I'm not the only guy who loves his Xbox. Tons of awesome games, plus some pretty underrated forgotten titles if you're willing to do a little digging. I don't think I've liked a console this much since the Dreamcast.

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