In a somewhat roundabout manner, tech site SemiAccurate has pointed to the silicon for Microsoft’s next console being finalised.
Although nobody really knows what the chips are that’ll be used in the 720, final designs for them have apparently been sent to manufacturer. If yields are good, the innards for the machine will be ready in a matter of months.
“While we have not definitively heard about a go/no go wafer in decision,” says the site, “if Microsoft is going to launch their next generation console this year, they almost assuredly made the December 31 date. Any delay of more than a few weeks will mean no new console in 2013, there just won’t be enough time to make them.”
Testing after that, of course, but it’s possible developers will get their hands on final hardware by Summer at the latest, which is encouraging.
This all suggests a 2013 release for the next Xbox.