With Sony's PlayStation 3 knocking on the Xbox 360's door,
it was only a matter of time before Microsoft made the move to make its
year-old console even more competitive. DailyTech already reported that Microsoft has been able to successfully pare down its costs
associated with producing the Xbox 360, so now is a more opportune time than
ever to release an update.
According to Engadget,
the Xbox 360 v2 (codenamed Zephyr) should result in a cooler console
as the the 90nm IBM Xenon PowerPC processor was swapped out in favor of a 65nm revision. This has not been officially announced yet.
There is also a single HDMI port for
full 1080p support -- no firmware
trickery needed. Also on the way is a 120GB hard drive which would double
the capacity of Sony's top-ranging PS3. There’s no word yet if Microsoft has
seen fit to quiet the banshee-like DVD drive, but we can only hope that the
answer is yes.
"inside man" tells them that the new console will be available soon.
We'll keep our ears and eyes open during Bill Gates' keynote on Sunday at CES
to see if he has anything to say about the console.
Updated 1/6/2007. Xbox-Scene has posted new images and a video of the new HDMI-equipped Xbox 360. The images include a clearer shot of the back of the console along with motherboard shots which show off a new HANA scaler chip.
quote: Microsoft did not include an HDMI port not because of licensing money, but because they can't. The hardware scaler chip they use is analog only.
quote: I read somewhere else that the Xenon 65nm shrink was delayed. If true, I wouldn't .....
quote: Your [sic] going to be waiting a long time. Microsoft isn't going to do it.
quote: Got a source for that assumption?
quote: In reality most people don't have an HD set when they are running these.. So it should really only piss off the dailytech tools (myself included) and not many others
quote: OTOH, the V1 360's are out in the cold when it comes to HDMI as it seems it's not possible to integrate it with the standard 360 display port.
quote: The GameStops near me tell me they take 2 or 3 days to leave the store.
quote: You bought your xbox when these technologies weren't readily available
quote: Or, maybe the HDMI specification is so tightly controlled as to not allow non-standard I/O connectors.
quote: No compression is used and DVI does not yet have a specification for only transmitting changed parts of the image. This means that currently, the whole frame is constantly re-transmitted.
quote: console cooler by utilizing the 65nm Cell processor as opposed to the 90nm chip currently in use.
quote: No it uses the Smithfield belive it or not
quote: Yes its digital andcares audio but picture and sound qaulity will stay the same
quote: Also on the way is a 120GB hard drive which would double the capacity of Sony's top-ranging PS3.
quote: utilizing the 65nm Cell processor as opposed to the 90nm chip currently in use...
quote: According to Engadget, the Xbox 360 v2 (codenamed Zephyr) should go a long way in making the console cooler by swapping out the 90nm IBM Xenon PowerPC processor in favor of a 65nm revision that has not been announced yet.
quote: What is Microsoft going to do with the old 360s?
quote: to quiet the banshee-like DVD drive