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Tuesday, March 7, 2000

NVIDIA in X-Box after all?

According to this EE Times article the forthcoming Microsoft X-Box gaming console will use an NVIDIA graphics chip, and not GigaPixel as had been recently rumored.
But on Monday (March 6), Microsoft selected Nvidia as the graphic chip provider for X-Box. [GigaPixel president and CEO George] Haber said he was summoned by Microsoft and told of its decision to work with Nvidia in order to minimize the variables and risk factors associated with the X-Box launch. "They obviously felt that Nvidia is a safer bet," he said, because it is a market leader and has closer relationships with software developers.
The box is supposed to be formally announced at the Game Developers Conference this Friday. Strangely enough, the article also says,
Current plans call for an X-Box launch in time for the Christmas 2001 selling season.
A year and a half away? Is that a typo? If it's that far in the future, it certainly won't be competing with Sony's Playstation 2 which was just launched in Japan. I guess we'll know for sure on Friday! Thanks Evil Avatar for the link.

Update! Jack at the Shugashack has pointed out that NVIDIA's stock has soared over 20 points (up 26 63/64 at 85 31/64 right now) on the strength of this rumor.

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