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Intel is struggling to supply APUs for the new Xbox consoles

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The chip contract for the next Xbox has yet to be signed, and Intel is said to be struggling to source APUs for Microsoft's next generation consoles; Understands

February 8
2024
– 7:46 pm

(Updated 9/2/2024 at 5:07 AM)

In the midst of Uncertainty about the next Xboxthe Intel Corporation You will be fighting to capture the supply of APUs for the new generation of consoles. The company had already outfitted its first Xbox model in 1999 with a modified version of the Pentium III “Coppermine,” and the capabilities of the new APUs with Meteor Lake and Lunar Lake projections would have put the Blue Team back on the company's radar. Microsoft.

Image: Intel | Xbox/Reproduction/Canaltech

Recently, industry sources confirmed that the administration is led by… Phil Spencer It has not yet concluded negotiations on the new Xbox, and has even canceled the Brooklin and Ellewood projects, updates to the new Xbox Xbox Series and Series S, scheduled for 2024. What's more, the Xbox will still be around The launch date of the new generation has been advanced from 2028 to 2026with a table version and a portable model, in the same standard Nintendo Switch.

 

Xbox There's no time to waste

According to documents leaked in 2023, the original project for the new Xbox will arrive only in 2028, with a big leap in architecture, starting from Zen 2 and RDNA 2, to ZEN6 and RDNA5. The goal until then was to extend the productive life of the current generation with more powerful Series X and S models, which are scheduled to arrive in 2024.

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However, the current internal restructuring movement of Microsoft's gaming division is fatally affecting the strategy hardware From the company. So much so that they were going to cancel the updates that would have arrived in 2024 and bring the new generation to 2026, with a full model and a laptop.

The original design of the new Xbox will use AMD Zen 6 and RDNA 5 architectures. (Image: Microsoft / Reproduction)

The original design of the new Xbox will use AMD Zen 6 and RDNA 5 architectures. (Image: Microsoft / Reproduction)

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The biggest problem with this new approach, if it is indeed confirmed, is that there will not be enough time for Microsoft to wait for the new builds to launch. Oh, my GodBoth are expected to hit the market only between the end of 2025 and the beginning of 2026. As a result, Phil Spencer's team will need He settled on Zen 5 and RDNA 4 Or find another supplier.

Intel has already confirmed that the first APUs are equipped with Integrated Lunar Lake and Arc Battlemage graphics It will be launched at the end of 2024, with Up to 3 times better performance From the already impressive Meteor Lake with Arc Alchemist. Therefore, Intel's new silicon would be a very strong candidate to accommodate Microsoft's new agenda.

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