Xbox 720 release doubts after new insights

By Alan Ng - Sep 10, 2012

After it looked like a forgone conclusion that the Xbox 720 would have a release date some time in 2013, a significant element of doubt has now been put in place after several rumors have suggested that Microsoft may be experiencing one or two problems.

A few weeks ago, it looked plain sailing that we would at last see the Xbox 720, along with the Sony PS4 sometime towards the end of 2013. While this may still be the case for Sony’s next-gen effort, a new report which you may have heard already now claims that poor processor quality has forced Microsoft to delay the release of their system.

The report, which you can read in full over at Semi Accurate, references that Microsoft’s processor chips for the Xbox 720 have a codename of ‘Oban’, but more worrying is the fact that current build quality of the chips is quoted as being ‘painfully low’. If you’re not aware, Microsoft are thought to be using AMD-based processors for their next Xbox, compared to the IBM based chips on the Xbox 360.

Sony too is thought to be using AMD chips for the PS4 and it will be interesting to see if they are running into similar problems as well. That report was dated from a few days back now, so chances are you may have already heard about this potential processor problem for Microsoft. What you may not have heard though is additional comments from industry analyst Michael Pachter, who without mentioning processor complaints, states that Microsoft may even be delaying the launch of the Xbox 720 until 2014.

In his latest industry note, Pachter insists that Microsoft may change their release strategy in order to satisfy gamer demand, with a Spring 2014 release a better time to launch the console, rather than the end of 2013 as widely speculated. Could this possibly have a reverse effect though if gamers have to wait even longer for the Xbox 720 to arrive?

Some thought it would come this year during the Holiday period, but that’s obviously not going to happen now. How would a 2014 Spring release sound to you instead? If it’s true that Microsoft are really having problems with processor quality, then surely they should take as long as possible? It would be a disaster if it releases at the end of next year with hardware faults.

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