San Jose Mercury News reports confirmation that cooler-running 65-nanometer Xbox 360 units are coming this fall. The smaller chip is believed to reduced the high number of system failures, likely encouraging prospective 360 owners to wait for newer machines.
“Falcon (the code name for the updated 360) is coming your way this fall,” says Dean Takahashi after speaking with unnamed sources. “The first Xbox 360s with it are probably on ships coming from China.”
The newer machines are said to cost less and improve reliability over current 90-nanometer 360 units that have been plagued with overheating issues causing a large number of systems to fail. As a result, Microsoft extended the warranty on Xbox 360 from one to three years in July.
“If you’re in the market for an Xbox 360 but really want to wait for the highest-quality machine, in theory you might want to wait until Falcon,” Takahashi adds. “You’ll be buying a console that will last longer and have less risk of failure.”
The updated machines are expected this fall, though Takahashi states that Microsoft has no intention of notifying consumers in an effort to flush out current inventory.
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