Now that Sony has announced that the HD era has begun with the release of the technological monster that is the PS3, it's time for Microsoft to pull out the big guns. A little while ago, there were murmurings of the possibility of HDMI being added to the 360 via 'leaked' pictures of a 360 motherboard with some extra bits and pieces. Now, according to technology blog Engadget, they've received pictures of Microsoft's first revision to their console, which is apparently codenamed Zephyr.
Recently there was talk of the 65nm processors, which were going to allow both lower production costs and cooler CPUs, being delayed. It appears that this new addition to the Xbox family tree may sport these processors, and also include the aforementioned HDMI port, allowing for full 1080p output. Engadget speculates that the console may also come with a 120GB drive.
No firm news is available on pricing, release dates or even if this model is ever going to see the light of day (although we certainly hope it will), but with CES just around the corner, the release of a new model may be enough to keep the console's name on everyone's lips long enough to continue its march toward world domination. We cannot help but think that although many would be incredibly happy to have a beefier Xbox 360, those that have already laid down some fat wads of cash for the older models may be a little irritated if, or when, the Zephyr blows in.