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Xbox 360 to Get 65nm "Falcon" Makeover This Fall

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When it comes to Microsoft's Xbox 360, Dean Takahashi always seems to have the inside scoop. He was the first to spill the beans on Xbox 360 IPTV and provided confirmation on the existence of the Xbox 360 Elite.

Today, Takahashi confirmed that Microsoft's upcoming 65nm die shrink for the Xbox 360's microprocessor and GPU is codenamed "Falcon." Takahashi reports that Microsoft is currently qualifying the new Falcon chips along with a redesigned motherboard. The 65nm-equipped Xbox 360s are due to hit store shelves this fall.

The new chips are not only smaller and roughly 50 percent cheaper to produce than their 90nm counterpart, but they are also cooler. Cooler-running chips coupled with a revised cooling solution would go a long way to eradicating the Xbox 360’s fatal flaw: the Red Ring of Death (RROD).

Heat has been a big problem with the Xbox 360 and has been the root cause of RROD cases around the globe. Microsoft has countered the RROD failures by increasing the warranty of the console, adding various "warranty enhancements" and beefed up cooling solutions on new production Xbox 360 units.

Microsoft ultimately caved in to mounting pressure from the Xbox 360 community on RROD failures and announced a $1 billion initiative to service Xbox 360s afflicted with the problem and extended warranty coverage for those machines to three years.
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I really wish MS would sell a model with a built in HD-DVD drive.
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I really wish MS would sell a model with a built in HD-DVD drive.
I'd rather have wifi...
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I'd rather have 2 gigs more ram and a 8800GTX, but these worthless features are still... worthless
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I'd rather have 2 gigs more ram and a 8800GTX, but these worthless features are still... worthless
Just because a feature is worthless for you doesnt it make it worthless for everyone else. The only thing worthless is your post.
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I really wish MS would sell a model with a built in HD-DVD drive.
Bluray would be better because that would better standardize it is a gaming platform.
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Microsoft is still reluctant to include a specific HD format player because either format could win at this point in time.

No matter what some people say, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are still competing and neither has won yet. Just look at the statistics, the market is constantly going from Blu-Ray to HD-DVD and back again.

I personally think Microsoft doesn't want to include a built in HD-DVD drive just in case it loses. And regardless of what the official interviews say, if Blu-Ray wins, the way Microsoft is releasing add-on peripherals, they could just sell a Blu-Ray add-on.

But we will see. Everybody wants a format to win already because this format war is only hurting consumers. It's good for prices as we can see but it's getting very annoying for customers.

And to lighten the situation, isn't it about time Sony got a format right? Betamax, Minidisc, UMD, etc. They have a great chance with Blu-Ray.
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I'd rather have wifi...
You can't stream HD video over wifi though.
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You can't stream HD video over wifi though.
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y not?
I've never heard of that either. Really all you need is bandwidth and I'm pretty sure wifi is more than capable of providing that.
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y not?
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