Xbox 720 components shipping now - Report

Supplier sources say parts are now being shipped for manufacture; assembly to take place at controversial Foxconn factories.

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As Microsoft's next-generation reveal event is set to kick off in just a few hours, a new report claims components for the platform are already being shipped for manufacture.

Supply chain sources speaking with Digitimes (via Games Industry International) say related orders are currently being shipped in small volumes before a ramp-up is expected in Q3 to prepare for a demand surge in Q4.

A number of companies are listed as component makers in the report, including Lite-On Technology and Delta Electronics (power supply), Lite-On IT (optical disc drive), Asia Optical and Newmax (sensing lens), Foxlink (connectors), and Jentech Precision Industrial (cooling modules).

The sources said the next-generation Xbox orders are expected to "strongly boost" business for the above-mentioned component makers in the second half of the year as development ramps up.

Lastly, Foxconn Electronics is reportedly conducting assembly of the next-generation Xbox. It is one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers and, despite controversy, assembles products for major companies like Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Dell, among others.

The New York Times reports that three Chinese employees at Foxconn died in recent weeks from what appeared to be suicides. A statement from the company said that none of the deaths were work-related and that they occurred outside of the company's factories.

Microsoft will share its vision for the future of games and entertainment during its high-profile next-generation event today, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PDT. This includes first looks at Call of Duty: Ghosts, a next-generation FIFA title, and EA Sports' new UFC game.

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82 comments
June-GS
June-GS

"...none of the deaths were work-related and that they occurred outside of the company's factories..." -- Just because it happened "outside" the factory floors doesn't mean it's not work-related.

Duh. That's like sayin the Mob can only whack people "inside" their bakeries and restaurants. Oi.

Sigh, if only Foxconn didn't have a conn-ection with EVERYBODY, we should all really wanna boycott them.

blackace
blackace

Wait a minute. I thought they didn't have time to change components and any other hardware before the launch? That's what most of the bias cows told me. lol!! I love owning cows who know nothing about the gaming business.

shinyyoungster
shinyyoungster

Very Sad,i will try hard not to support any American (or foreign) Products made in China Labor camps. It is so hard though...............Almost everything is made this way. We have to make some changes, but it will take all of us together. Lets not justifying our actions or purchases by condemning others. Every time we make a purchase from these chinese labor camps, we support and encourage this type of behavior.  Lets try to make a difference together.......

DarthLod
DarthLod

Nice way to NOT support American economy.

leandrro
leandrro

and those poor chinese that work on Evilconn will never have enough money to buy one single xbox

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Foxconn? As long as the top 1% can still afford islands. All is well.

Gegglington
Gegglington

i worked in the uk putting vista instruction manuals boxes i lasted 4 hrs and wanted to slit my wrists

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

It's sad that such work environments exist. But as much as I hate them, I am guilty of purchasing products they have produced. I suppose when you're having fun with something you forget how it was made in the first place

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Foxconn factory aka Chinese labor camps where trampolines and nets are outside the building to prevent people from committing suicide.  The good news is that the console won't cost too much, unless MS wants it to.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

does ms vision of the future involve slave labor camps

Sam_021
Sam_021

I'd like to call it Nextbox :D

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

Eddie.... We know it's not called the Xbox 720... Please... Please stop calling it that...

okassar
okassar

From what I understand, the suicides at Foxconn are more of a trend. It's not noticeably worse than any other manufacturer in East/Southeast Asia. It just gets the most attention because it's the biggest. Capitalism works, if people value the quality of life for the people making their stuff more than the money they would save sucking away that quality, then Foxconn would get little business. People like cheap stuff though and that's that.

unreal101
unreal101

Foxconn, seriously, MS? I really wish Bill Gates was still running the place, the guy actually cared about this kind of issue.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Cool...........................

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

"none of the deaths were work related" By this of course they mean a company sponsored investigation concluded that the company was not liable and would therefore not have to pay any sort of damages to the families. I wish companies would offer a "Responsibly Manufactured" option for their products. I'd gladly pay $100 more than most people to buy a console not manufactured using borderline slave labor.

blackace
blackace

@Gegglington lol!! That's what I don't do crazy jobs like that. some people love doing those type of jobs. Too repetitive and boring for me. 

leandrro
leandrro

@plm3d_basic the saddest thing is that rumors talk about a 300 dollar worth pc parts sold for 500 dollars at same time the manufactoring cost is the lowest possible, profit profit profit!!!!

blackace
blackace

@bledsoe45sbc The same can be said for Sony, Apple, Dell and Nintendo since they used the same factories for their electronics. lol!!

R2C25
R2C25

@bledsoe45sbc $onychwitz.All their eletronics are produced there. MS just have Xbox you bums.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@unreal101 Before you start talking about how bad Foxconn is, how about you do a little research.  Did you know that Foxconn employees make 2 to 3 times the minimum wage for that area/country?  I'm guessing you didn't.  The living situation is entirely different than here, Foxconn employees actually make pretty good wages compared to other parts of their country.

wizaard88
wizaard88

@unreal101 If MS changed that, Xbox would be times more expensive. And all of you (us) would cry that it is too expensive and not buying it.

If you want this to stop, don't buy products made in China. And you will have nothing. :-)

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

@unreal101 Seriously. Look at all of the work he's done with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Though I am a little surprised he hasn't used some of his influence to change this.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@Gegglington 

<skype incoming call sound>   

"...seven days..."    

<skype disconnect sound>

northArrow
northArrow

@TheAgingGamer You're right. "None of the deaths were work related" means they didn't die while working the assembly line.

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@TheAgingGamer I agree with you and I have brought that up in front of some business men and they scoffed at me saying that would ruin the current model of the rich getting richer and the poor kept in poverty.  I would like them to have to be produced in the country they are sold but some people view this as capitalism. I say FTW we need to bring jobs back no matter how meager they are and these big ass corps. need to pay their workers not the CEO's.  

leandrro
leandrro

@Gegglington @bledsoe45sbc people on auchwitz did not tried to commit suicide as freqeuntely as foxconn employes, for those inside aushwitz seemed to have higher hopes

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@troll_eat_troll @4-Legged-Shark 

Eh, 720 would've been better than "One".  It just makes me think of the actual, working X-box 1 I still have.  In an official X-box brand backpack made to hold the console and controllers to boot.

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

@Anxiety21 @TheAgingGamer The problem is further exacerbated because not only are we sending the manufacturing jobs overseas, but companies here are going crazy with the number of H1B Visa employees they're hiring. So the US loses  manufacturing jobs to China and India that many Americans without a college education could benefit from, but we import workers from those countries to take the jobs that our college graduates could fill. The US has completely whored itself out and there isn't much left. I guess this is kind of off topic, but your comment brought it to mind lol. Sorry for the rant.

blackace
blackace

@bledsoe45sbc @R2C25 Tell that to Sony, Apple, Dell and Nintendo. Many of them aren't American companies. It's a shameful practice Japanese companies as well. lol!!

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

@wizaard88 @bledsoe45sbc @R2C25 there would be no difference in prices if these products were made in countries with fair working laws , apple made 30 billion dollars last year , and they pay nothing in taxes . they own our politicians and we allow them to get away with it

wizaard88
wizaard88

@bledsoe45sbc @R2C25 If it was produced in the US, it would be X-times more expensive. Yet it would still be assembled by Mexicans. What's the difference?

By the way - we all share our own part of the quilt, since we buy those things. On the other hand there are millions of people who are happy to have at least this kind of work, no matter how bad it is.