The next version of Microsoft Xbox video game console could be released in the fall of 2005, without the hard drive that was one of the defining characteristics of the current game console. The console would use three IBM processors based on the new generation of powerful 64-bit computing technology and a graphics chip from ATI. The new console would likely be shipped without a hard drive and said it was not “guaranteed” that the new console would be able to play current Xbox games. By eliminating the hard drive, Microsoft could reduce the cost of production while allowing game data to be stored on flash memory. Both Microsoft and Sony are expected to divulge more details on the next generation of their hardware in the coming months at industry conferences in March and May. Most in the industry had expected those next-generation systems to come out only in 2005 or 2006.

The next version of Microsoft Xbox video game console could be released in the fall of 2005, without the hard drive that was one of the defining characteristics of the current game console. The console would use three IBM processors based on the new generation of powerful 64-bit computing technology and a graphics chip from ATI. The new console would likely be shipped without a hard drive and said it was not “guaranteed” that the new console would be able to play current Xbox games. By eliminating the hard drive, Microsoft could reduce the cost of production while allowing game data to be stored on flash memory. Both Microsoft and Sony are expected to divulge more details on the next generation of their hardware in the coming months at industry conferences in March and May. Most in the industry had expected those next-generation systems to come out only in 2005 or 2006.