The next-gen Xbox, more commonly referred to as the Xbox 720, might be delayed by manufacturing troubles if recent rumors suggesting the shortage of Oban processors, the processor that powers the system, turn out to be true. Tech site SemiAccurate reports that production of Oban processors is going "painfully slow," explaining that, "”for every wafer, or sheet of silicon chips, created, only a tiny percentage are actually usable."
They continue, “If production wafers are really going in this year, the last time a foundry can run a test wafer is about November 1. Anything after that day will not come out of the fab in time for the results to be fed back in to the production chips. That is the technical term for ‘The XBox Next is going to be delayed."
Since we never knew the release date of the next Xbox to begin with, we're not sure how far this may push back the release date. Insiders have told SemiAccurate that the launch date is currently planned for September 2013, but unless the Oban processor problems are solved by late February, Microsoft won't be able to launch in September as intended.
We'll keep you up to date on more next-gen Xbox info as it comes in.