Xbox Next SDKs confirm PowerPC 970 roots?

— 3:38 AM on March 1, 2004

The Inquirer is reporting that Microsoft has shipped out an initial batch of Xbox Next development kits based on dual Power Mac G5 systems and Radeon 9800 Pro graphics cards. The article speculates that the Radeon 9800 Pro will be scrapped at a future date in favor of something new and spicy from ATI, but the fact that SDKs are shipping with dual G5 systems lends considerable credibility to the rumor that the next Xbox will be based on IBM's PowerPC 970 architecture.

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