Rumor: Some parts suppliers for next Xbox revealed

With the next Xbox scheduled to be revealed later today by Microsoft, a new story claims to have identified some of the companies that are making parts for the game console. The same report also says, via unnamed sources, that mass shipments of the console should start in the third quarter of 2013.

The story, which comes from the sometimes inaccurate DigiTimes, claims that Foxconn is handling the final assembly of the next Xbox. If true, that would not be too much of a surprise since the Chinese corporation manufactures the current Xbox 360 in its factories.

DigiTimes also claims the console's power supply will be made by Lite-On Technology and Delta Electronics. Lite-On IT is in charge of the next Xbox's optical disc drive, although the story doesn't state if it will be a Blu-ray drive. Asia Optical and Newmax are reportedly supplying the device's sensing lens, while Foxlink is making its connectors, and Jentech Precision Industrial is supposed to be manufacturing its cooling modules.

If mass shipments of the next Xbox are supposed to begin sometime in the third quarter of 2013, that likely means Microsoft is aiming for a holiday time frame for its launch. That's something Microsoft Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg strongly hinted was the case in a podcast on Friday.

Source: DigiTimes | Image via Larry Hryb

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Credit where credits due to Microsoft. There's a handful of hours to go before the big announcement and still nobody has a clue what to expect.

"If mass shipments of the next Xbox are supposed to begin sometime in the third quarter of 2013, that likely means Microsoft is aiming for a holiday time frame for its launch."


Does anyone actually think that Microsoft would MISS the holiday season for their new console? /facepalm

Certainly hope they use Bluray discs... I guess they almost have to. Obviously games will be getting bigger then they are now. The Bluray format will allow them to not worry about space restrictions (for the most part)

este said,
Certainly hope they use Bluray discs... I guess they almost have to. Obviously games will be getting bigger then they are now. The Bluray format will allow them to not worry about space restrictions (for the most part)

Not neccessarily, they could use a propriatory disc like what the nintendo wii uses. But that would be a bad idea as the costs of creating the technology would be vast and you couldn't play bluray movies which will become much more mainstream as more people get flatscreen tv's.

Nintendo is still using Blu-ray technology though. Just a modified disc.
It uses a blu-ray laser (same optical format) and has the same disc density (25GB single-layer blu-ray).

It's not like there's anything else they can use. They just changed the disc slightly to stop pirating.

They did the same thing with Wii and DVDs.

PmRd said,
I heard from a reputable source that this Xbox is going to use electricity.

Yeah, but I heard it has to be always on electricity