Being first out of the gate is especially important to the two next-generation console manufacturers. Technically, of course, neither of them are going to be first – the still unknown quantity that is the Wii U is out in a few months. But between Sony and Microsoft it’s a delicate, poised race for your hundreds of pounds and unswerving loyalty.
Everyone assumed Microsoft would launch their Xbox 360 successor first – they’re generally on the ball with regards to tech like this – but rumours today point to a chip manufacturer in desperate need of some QA.
SemiAccurate, a site that apparently likes to use lots of technical words without explanation (and some weird script that stops me copying and pasting text) says the 720’s main chip – dubbed Oban – is currently under mass production but facing a few quality control issues. That is, there’s a load of duff chips. There – how’s that for technical?
What does all this mean? Probably that the Xbox 720 won’t make its release date of next August. It had a release date? No. But there you go.