Microsoft will upgrade the Xbox 360 early next year with a new 65nm processor. This new CPU will use less power and may feature more performance. It will also be cheaper for Microsoft and may cut the console's cost.
The improved Xbox 360 CPU will be manufactured using 65 nanometre technology starting in the first quarter of 2007, Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore said. The existing CPU uses 90nm technology.
Although the launch of the Xbox 360 last November was generally hailed as a success for Microsoft, the console has been troubled by reports of overheating causing games to crash or freeze. These have come despite the unit using a pair of powerful fans, together with heat pipes, to carry heat away from the CPU core.