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Old 05-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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Next Xbox Already in Production?


IGN is reporting that Microsoft's next console may already be in production.

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The next Xbox console is apparently in the manufacturing stages. According to an IGN source, assembly of the next-generation Xbox hardware started recently at the Austin, Texas branch of Flextronics. This is the same electronics company currently assembling Xbox 360 hardware, and is the manufacturer of the original Xbox.

Prior to reaching the manufacturing stage, Flextronics created a new testing group separate from the rest of the company. This team was solely dedicated to comprehensive marketing, software, and hardware tests of the next Xbox. With that activity concluded, Flextronics started building the hardware -- but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see the Durango soon.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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i am going to have to see what this thing is going to offer before i get excited.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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Either they will surprise us at E3, or not say anything at E3 and just surprise everyone in the fall, or this rumor is false. There is no way they would be building it already if its not going to launch until next year. It just doesn't happen.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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Either they will surprise us at E3, or not say anything at E3 and just surprise everyone in the fall, or this rumor is false. There is no way they would be building it already if its not going to launch until next year. It just doesn't happen.
Prototype dev kits maybe? They have to have representitve hardware in the dev's hands soon; games don't just jump into the packaging already made and tested.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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Lots of systems launched with games built in literally 6 months. Could the X720 launch this year? Would be a crunch, but they made it happen with the 360.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:29 AM   #6
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And that didn't come across as a system poorly executed and forced out the door...
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:43 AM   #7
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And that didn't come across as a system poorly executed and forced out the door...
Granted. Yet, still a successful system--amazingly, I know.

I can say one thing. Of all the systems next gen, you can bet your bottom dollar that the X720 will be the absolute most reliable system ever created in the history of video gaming. It's going to surpass Nintendo-quality. Because of what it cost them to have 360s failing left and right. They say a problem doesn't get fixed until it squeaks. The 360 squeaked for hundreds of millions of dollars. They'll be able to justify spending perhaps even $100m just getting the hardware perfectly hard-tested. Bet on it. Bet on it. I'm talking sub 1% failure rates. Even Nintendo's has like a 2% failure rate.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:44 AM   #8
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Yeah, I literally had over 20 360s RRoD on me. And that's in different setups at three different locations over the years. Made me a little bitter...
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:46 AM   #9
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Probably dev units or prototypes. Expect release next holiday season.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:51 AM   #10
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dev kits have been around for a little while now, so these must be retail units.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:20 AM   #11
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I hope this is true, but I doubt it. Hardware costs are too high and MS is still selling 360s well.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:32 AM   #12
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Not surprising at all, considering the recent ruling in Germany in Motorola's favor over Microsoft. Microsoft's looking to make sure they're ready for any eventuality in this week's ruling in the US, methinks.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:53 AM   #13
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Yeah, I literally had over 20 360s RRoD on me. And that's in different setups at three different locations over the years. Made me a little bitter...
My uncle to this day still uses his launch day 360. Insanity
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:57 AM   #14
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My launch 360 recently bit the dust. Note that it did get RROD service from MS years ago

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:06 AM   #15
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I wish my current 360 would bite it - it's a launch model with no HDMI port and it sounds like a jetplane. Had to send it in twice already, but I kinda want to upgrade to a slim

On topic though, would they manufacture now and release a short time after announcement? I guess the shock to the market might drum up a few sales but it's a very Apple-ish move.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:24 AM   #16
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I doubt this rumor. I do want a new XBOX. I would love a console to come out shortly after E3 but I doubt it.

I haven t seen much in Next Gen games previews. I know some teams are working on them but haven t seen much coverage or screen shots of them. So my guess would be games for the next gen systems(not counting Wii U) are still a ways off.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:32 AM   #17
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If this is true, and the next Xbox is in production...

If I was Microsoft I'd release it simultaneously with Windows 8 this fall. Then during the release demo how each device (PC/pad, Phone, and Xbox) can interact with one another and have the same ecosystem.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:33 AM   #18
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If it were in production, it would be in China at Foxconn. That is not nearly as easy to hide as the prototype dev work done at Flextronics.
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If this is true, and the next Xbox is in production...

If I was Microsoft I'd release it simultaneously with Windows 8 this fall. Then during the release demo how each device (PC/pad, Phone, and Xbox) can interact with one another and have the same ecosystem.


Don't think that would be a wise move to launch both products at the same time, just the release of one major product takes a lot of money, man power and properly executed for it to be successful. A new console would be very expensive at least $400-600 and then they would expect people to pay another substantial amount to get a new device with windows 8 on it. No way the majority could afford both. Plus it would be a waste of advertising money to be marketing both products at the same time because the new 360 would most likely over shadow the windows 8 release.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #20
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My uncle to this day still uses his launch day 360. Insanity
Yup. There are some that were lucky. Me, I wish I had those odds with the lottery.
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