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Saturday, November 1, 2014


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At some point, both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will likely slim down. Looking at the last generation of hardware, game consoles scale into smaller form factors as their longevity extends, and according to a report from Eurogamer, chip manufacturer AMD may have already taken the first steps for Xbox One.
Daniel McConnell, AMD's senior manager of system-on-a-chip design, hadpreviously posted on his LinkedIn profile that he "successfully planned and executed the first APU for Microsoft’s XBOX One Game Console in 28nm technology and a cost-reduced derivative in 20nm technology." The entry containing the 20nm processor has since been removed from McConnell's profile.
The main processor in the Xbox One is built at 28nm, but a smaller 20nm design could lead to a cheaper, cooler Xbox One with a smaller footprint in terms of the console's housing. As pointed out by the report's writer, Richard Leadbetter, the current Xbox One processor makes up a substantial portion of the console's cost at about $50 USD a pop. Moving to a 20nm build could equal lower cost.
The Xbox One is receiving a price reduction next week in some regions. And while a simple LinkedIn post is hardly a smoking gun, its stands to reasonMicrosoft is already looking to a slimmer future for its hardware at some point down the road.


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