Following IBM executives inadvertently revealing the fact that they had finally secured a deal with Microsoft to supply the processor for Xbox 2, both firms have acted quickly to release official statements.
This latest news boob comes several months after we exclusively revealed that ATi would be providing the Xbox 2 graphics processor.
"IBM's advanced chip technologies are in demand across a wide range of industries and applications," said Bernie Meyerson, IBM Fellow and chief technologist for IBM's Technology Group. "We're excited to be working on a project of this magnitude and that Microsoft has chosen IBM to provide technologies that will power future consumer devices and expand the boundaries of what's possible in entertainment."
Microsoft also had something nice to say. Isn’t everyone sweet when they’re announcing deals? Bless!
"Microsoft is already developing the software and services that will drive the Digital Decade," said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home & Entertainment Division at Microsoft. "By combining our vision, software experience and R&D resources with IBM's computer and semiconductor technologies, we plan to deliver unprecedented and unparalleled entertainment experiences to consumers while creating new engines of growth for the technology and entertainment industries."
Speculation as to exactly what IBM will be providing has ignited the imagination of newswires around the world. This shift also leads to questions regarding how Microsoft will manage backwards-compatibility, surely an absolute necessity for Xbox 2.
As you will be aware, the Xbox uses x86 PC technologies, powered by an Intel 733 MHz. IBM’s PowerPC is thought to be under consideration.
Other gossip talks of a manufacturing deal making up the mainstay of the agreement, with processors from AMD being used. It’s also worth pointing out that IBM is currently the GameCube technology partner of Nintendo and ATi.
It's all very interesting, so stay tuned for full updates and everything Xbox 2, right here, as it breaks.