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Xbox 2 to be powered by ATi

For a while now it had been rumoured that Microsoft would drop nVidia as the graphics chip producers for the next Xbox following disagreements between the two companies, but now ATi have confirmed that they will instead be providing “leading-edge graphics technologies for use in future Xbox products and services”, in other words, Xbox 2 (aka Xbox Next).

“We’re combining Microsoft’s vision, software experience and R&D resources with ATI’s pioneering leadership in graphics technologies to create innovative future Xbox products and services that meet the lifestyle needs of consumers in the Digital Decade,” said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home and Entertainment Division at Microsoft. “We selected ATI after reviewing the top graphics technologies in development and determining that ATI’s technical vision fits perfectly with the future direction of Xbox.”

“Microsoft shares our passion for cutting-edge innovation,” said K. Y. Ho, chairman and chief executive officer, ATI Technologies Inc. “Our success working with Microsoft in the past gives us great confidence as we move forward, and our broad experience and wealth of engineering resources will ensure that we deliver. This agreement cements ATI’s position as the prime graphics supplier for the future of the games industry.”

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