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While Sony already admitted to be thinking about the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo are no doubt developing a Wii 2 In an interview with the head of Microsofts Interactive Entertainment Business division, Peter Moore, EGM magazine asked him when their next video game console would come out, and also asked if theyd drop support for the Xbox 360 like they did with the original Xbox. He said that they were going to support it as long as it sold. Possibly because they saw the Xbox sell well into 2007 despite not producing the console after October 2005.
In March 2007 he said the production team from the Xbox 360 is working on the next Xbox 720 [our pet name], and their looking into what kind of CPUs will be available on the market in 2011-2012. That would put the Xbox 360 at a lifespan of 6 or 7 years, a far cry from the Xboxs 4 years. After spending $1.26 billion in losses launching the Xbox 360, theyll want to get the most out of the system by lengthening its lifespan. As the longer you get into the cycle, the more profit you can make due to stopping being a loss leader, analysts always remark.
Read more: Next Xbox 720 to launch in 2013-2015 according to Microsoft http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2007/03/13/next-xbox-720-to-launch-in-2011-2012-according-to-microsoft.htm#ixzz1teAENCU8Their sources claim that: Intel has offered Microsoft a very sweet deal indeed in exchange for pushing AMD out of the running for Microsofts upcoming Xbox 720. Offering everything from chips to chassis, Intel is purportedly wooing the Vole right down to designing its thermals and pimping the Larrabee chipset out to Microsoft to subcontract out as it pleases. Needless to say, this gives the Vole some rather hefty bargaining power, and leaves both AMD and Nvidia quivering in their boots.
[...] in all likelihood, Larrabee version one will barely take off, but with the right console deal, Larabee Two which should be making its first appearance somewhere around 2010 could be a big player.
As you may or may not know, the Xbox 360s internals consist out of a PowerPC-based CPU from IBM and a GPU designed by ATI. So an Intel deal would definitely change things up, and aside from emulation, hardware backwards compatibility might be out of the picture as a result. Advantages of the Larrabee chipset are shown in this image
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