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Microsoft has announced a new system-on-chip (SoC) processor for the Xbox 360 slim models.

 

An SoC processor integrates CPU (main processor), GPU (graphics), memory and I/O logic (other crazy computer shit you don't need to understand) onto a single powerful chip. 

As well as reducing manufacturing costs of the console, the new chip will provide better power efficiency and reduce internal heat levels in the console. MS has also drastically reduced the size of both the motherboard and power supply units. 


The platform holder assures the tech-minded of you that there'll be no compatibility issues with the new processor and the software, which was designed to run on multiple chips, because it has implemented a latency and bandwidth that mimics the older consoles. 

There's no word on when the first machines packing these new internals will hit shops.

Microsoft made a slew of Xbox announcements at E3 last week. Read up on them, including plans to add cloud storage to Xbox Live, in our Xbox E3 press conference news round-up.

 

[ Source: IBTimes ]

 



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Will help when they cut the price in September



 

Well the SoC came with 360 slims last year as well. So this must just mean a chip reduction in size, as well as the motherboard and psu shrink. That all adds up to a lot more savings and definite room for a major price cut.



Seece said:
Will help when they cut the price in September

Perhaps this is why we're getting some 360 deals all around lately.



trasharmdsister12 said:
Seece said:
Will help when they cut the price in September

Perhaps this is why we're getting some 360 deals all around lately.

Well the gears 3 slim has a 320gb hard drive and comes out in september,  so maybe a new model with 320gb for 249.99?



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always good to hear. The cheaper they can make it, the cheaper they can sell it. I have been wanting to get one for my mom to replace the wii she uses for netflix. But I want to get it cheap as it wont be used for games at all that i know of.



Unfortunately I just found out this news is over a year old.



 

Seece said:
Unfortunately I just found out this news is over a year old.

Yeah, I knew I had heard it from last year, so I thought maybe the real focus of this was on chip size reductions and the mobo/psu shrink, but it seems it was just author error?



That's pretty boss. I wish I didn't already have a 360 so I could buy one with that chip.