View Full Version : Cost-cutting exercise sees new Xbox graphical innards

Black Ace
08-22-2002, 09:56 AM
Grabbed from Spong.

MS performs heart bypass

In a move that will no doubt pour gasoline on the fiery arguments raging between nVidia and Microsoft, Focus Enhancements has announced that it has struck a deal to supply a new graphics chip for the Xbox.

The new chip will handle the conversion of the console?s signal into a format acceptable to the humble television set.

The move is designed to bring down the Xbox?s lofty production costs which at the moment run to around $350 per unit.

It is likely that, given the current rift between Microsoft and nVidia over payment and pricing for the machine?s core graphics components, compounded by nVidia's recent $7 million stock write-off following slow Xbox sales, that nVidia did not pitch for the work.

"The chip going into the Xbox is designed to give Microsoft a competitive advantage," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president of Focus Enhancements.

It is also widely expected that Benq, a Taiwanese developer and manufacturer of DVD drives, will announce a new DVD component for the Xbox in the coming weeks.

08-22-2002, 10:00 AM
Hmm.. very interesting...

Just like watching a soap opera unfold before your very own eyes....

Someone let me know when the chairs start flying...

So wait, what exactly does this chip replace? And what's this about a more cost-effective (cheaper) DVD drive?
Where's all the power gone?? Into Hershey's Cookies n' Cream, of course!!

08-22-2002, 11:07 AM
The actual press release is over at http://www.gaming-age.com

The new chip is for the Xbox's TV-out, the Nvidia graphics remain the same.

08-22-2002, 02:22 PM
like what DBJAy said

man, some sites, they just read the press release, and bam! suddenly all these new 'facts' surfaced (more like their own twist on whats really happening, and unfortunately far from the truth most of the time)

i wish they would stop doing that


08-22-2002, 05:01 PM
Nah, makes life more exciting, don't j00 think so?