The sharp-eyed folks over at Engadget
have picked up on a bit of interesting news for potential Xbox 360 owners out
there. The Xbox 360 has been criticized for a number of issues over the past
year. There's the hulking power supply, the tendency for the machine to
overheat, the red rings of death that seem to show up on occasion and the
extremely loud DVD drive.
It looks as though Microsoft is finally getting around to
solving that last problem. According to Xbox-Scene,
Microsoft has begun shipping Xbox 360 consoles manufactured in November 2006
onward with new BenQ VAD6038 DVD drives. The BenQ VAD6038 replaces the
Toshiba-Samsung and Hitachi-LG drives currently in service on the Xbox 360.
According to user reports, the new Philips-based drive is
extremely quiet compared to its predecessor and even loads games faster.
So it now appears that Microsoft is slowly but surely
chipping away at the Xbox 360's weaknesses. Now we can only hope to see a 65nm, HDMI-equipped, 120GB
Xbox 360 just in time for the release of Halo 3 and Xbox360 IPTV.