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tlr online
13-06-03, 09:09
Microsoft has dropped Nvidia in favour of the graphics chip maker's arch-rival, ATI, as the provider of the graphics technology to be incorporated into its as yet unannounced next-generation Xbox console. So says a report on Internet gaming-oriented web site Spong, citing "senior development sources in the UK".

Certainly Microsoft and Nvidia haven't had any easily relationship during the life of the current Xbox. The highly competitive and price-sensitive nature of the console market required Microsoft to be flexible on price. Nvidia is believed to have been decidedly inflexible when it came to helping the software giant achieve its pricing goals. Microsoft wanted to pay less for its chips than originally agreed, but Nvidia (quite understandably) stuck to its guns.

If the Spong report is correct - and neither side has chosen to comment beyond the usual 'we don't discuss rumours' - the two companies' quarrel has proved too much, and Microsoft has decided to look elsewhere for a partner to deliver Xbox 2 graphics and support chipsets.

But more prosaic reasons may lie behind the decision - if such as decision has been taken. ATI has a Pentium 4 bus licence from Intel; Nvidia does not. Microsoft would undoubtedly be looking at a more advanced CPU for Xbox 2 than the current console's Pentium III, and the P4 is a logical step up.

www.theregister.co.uk (http://www.theregister.co.uk)