According to a report from Eurogamer‘s Digital Foundry, a smaller version of the Xbox One core processor is in development. The information comes not via Microsoft but from the LinkedIn profile of an AMD senior manager of the company’s System On a Chip physical design.
The manager’s profile says 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.”
While a revised Xbox One console is, at minimum, a year away – more likely two or three – this shows that they’re already working on designing it. The smaller chip would be nearly two times as dense with semiconductors and consume 25 percent less power than the current processor. It’s even possible that they could eke a bit more power out of the chip, though it’s not likely that we’d see that on the consumer side.
Digital Foundry notes that shrinking the processor benefits Microsoft in a surprising number of ways. A cooler, smaller system means more working chips for the amount of material it takes to create the chips as well as less materials required for things like cooling, while a smaller system means smaller packaging and easier shipping.
Check out Digital Foundry‘s article for the full story.