Rumor! Xbox 720 may be delayed due to manufacturing issues

-Marcus Lawrence

Rumor has it that some manufacturing troubles could possibly delay Microsoft’s new Xbox. According to a tech site called SemiAccurate, the “Oban” processor (which powers the system) is facing shortages. Because of this, there may not be enough consoles for the rumored 2013 launch. Click the link here for more on the 2013 launch rumor.

Microsoft is supposedly going to try and get the parts from two or even three sources to prevent the so-called delay. Even though Microsoft may be trying hard, SemiAccurate doesn’t believe things will go so smoothly After all, if Microsoft wants to get the next Xbox out by August 2013, they don’t have a lot of time to do it.

“It takes about 8 weeks to run a hot lot through a fab and analyze the results,” the site notes. “If production wafers are really going in this year, the last time a foundry can run a test wafer is about November 1. Anything after that day will not come out of the fab in time for the results to be fed back in to the production chips. That is the technical term for ‘The XBox Next is going to be delayed.’”

Back in January, the Xbox 720 chipset was already in production, though it is likely to believe that the first set of chips were for the development kits that are already being distributed. IGN even stated that the next Xbox is to be six times more powerful than current systems.

While Microsoft has yet to release any information in regards to this rumor, we will be sure to update you when we know more.