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.