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Tristan Kalogeropoulos
06 Jan, 2007

New Xbox 360 on the way?

360 Rumour | Codenamed Zephyr.
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.

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56 Comments
7 years ago
Cool, I'm glad I waited before picking up a 360; 65nm is very nice.
7 years ago
I enjoy being lactated so I'd buy one.
7 years ago
I just a brought a 360, I feel kinda upset, and full of murderous rage whats bill gates email address?
7 years ago
Ha, I am glad i have not bought a 360, I knew Microsoft would pull something like this

Zephyr is a name for a few protocols and applications used in Linux (Windows main competitor) as well as a town in Canada and a rock band

Oh and for the record, Gates has nothing to do with Xbox now
7 years ago
^ And its a crash reporting tool for Windows Server 2003

Im still looking at the positive side of this 1. Bigger HDD 2.Possible Freebies from MS and 3. Ive had my 360 for 9 months now and i would rather miss out on HDMI then wait 9 Months
7 years ago
renegadesx wrote
Ha, I am glad i have not bought a 360, I knew Microsoft would pull something like this

Zephyr is a name for a few protocols and applications used in Linux (Windows main competitor) as well as a town in Canada and a rock band

Oh and for the record, Gates has nothing to do with Xbox now
Yes he does, its his company.
7 years ago
UmbrellaCEO wrote
renegadesx wrote
Ha, I am glad i have not bought a 360, I knew Microsoft would pull something like this

Zephyr is a name for a few protocols and applications used in Linux (Windows main competitor) as well as a town in Canada and a rock band

Oh and for the record, Gates has nothing to do with Xbox now
Yes he does, its his company.
He's retiring at the end of this finaul year to continue his charity work (which is what he sould be knwon for now).

I don't mind this coming out, I can trade ine in and get the updated 360, I wouldn't mind spending the extra money for those since my newer plasma takes HDMI and so does my computer (I bought the card for it seperate mind you).
7 years ago
I have no need for the HDMI and while the extra space is nice I'm not even filling the 20G now after 9 months.

The only thing I will miss is the 65mn since it will at least keep my room a little cooler in summer.
7 years ago
Jabjabs wrote
I have no need for the HDMI and while the extra space is nice I'm not even filling the 20G now after 9 months.

The only thing I will miss is the 65mn since it will at least keep my room a little cooler in summer.
HDMI is a god-send for video editors, my friend had to transfer 250GB of HD video footage the other day to his computer and it took 6 hours using Firewire.

HDMI could therotetically do that in half an hour, that's how fast it'll be.
7 years ago
If this system is considerably quieter then I'd be tempted to change. Some games are ridiculously loud. icon_sad.gif
7 years ago
My room feels like a furnace when I have the 360 on..And my fan has gotten hotter and louder since launch. My warranty runs out march 23rd 2007..On March 20 im just guna say its runing to loud and get a new one from MS.
7 years ago
Spanca wrote
If this system is considerably quieter then I'd be tempted to change. Some games are ridiculously loud. icon_sad.gif
Perfect Dark is the worst offender by far. That thing makes the 360 sound like a friggen train.
7 years ago
Yes, teh current Xbox 360 is a noisy system.

As long as the performance is the same I have no problems.

Sony creates a mini PS variant after 4 years so I don't see it as a negative.

Hell even Nintendo gets into the act with DS lite.
7 years ago
So this would provide no differences in terms of games, right?

Hopefully this comes with a price slash for the premium 360 (I'd imagine the core would probably be abolished completely by then). Either that or I'll give on of you guys $10 for your current 360. Thats completely worth it, right?
7 years ago
I'd say the premium will get a price cut and the "zephyr" will replace the premium's price point.

Oh and the main difference is that new games can be created with 1080P res in mind. Thus offering even greater resolution for the thousand or so people with 1080P sets.
7 years ago
I don't see this as a bad thing. I'm more than happy with the jump from SD to 1080i when I hook my 360 up to the plasma, and if a 120G HDD was released, I'd be purchasing it for my 360. HDMI doesn't worry me in the least yet. Like I said, I'm just happy to be able to play in 1080i.

The sound my 360 makes doesn't annoy me in the least and it never gets that hot either.

Revisions were bound to happen. I'm really looking forward to the revised controller.
7 years ago
12 speed DVD drives tend to be noisy, people have tried modding the console to not make so much noise (rubber stoppers and sound absorbant tape) and it didn't work that well. The only thing that interests me is the possible HDD upgrade. HDMI eliminates the use of surround sound in most cases.
7 years ago
Like others have said, hopefully this, if true, results in a large price drop in the Premium Xbox360 so I can finally get in on the action.
7 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
I'd say the premium will get a price cut and the "zephyr" will replace the premium's price point.

Oh and the main difference is that new games can be created with 1080P res in mind. Thus offering even greater resolution for the thousand or so people with 1080P sets.
Thats what I thought, and theres no way I'll have a 1080P set any time in the forseeable future.

I also just had a thought - how brilliant would it be if the Zephyr retailed for, say, $600-$700, the Premium for $400-$500, and they kept the Core and retailed it for $200-$300? Holy shit, you could pretty much tick off the 360 as the next gen (its not current gen until I'm invovled icon_razz.gif ) winner right there, unless Sony cut their price down to $300 and Nintendo adapted the Wii into a full virtual reality machine.
7 years ago
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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.
I tend to disagree, original PS2 owners were not that annoyed with the release of the slimline PS2 console, and original DS owners were completely OK with the DS Lite.

EDIT: Although to be fair, neither of those revised consoles added new features, other than the ethernet port on the slim PS2.
7 years ago
Wow I'm impressed with the maturity in this thread so far. Its good to see that most people will not be annoyed or angry if this rumor becomes reality, because if you were happy with the value for money your current X360 has given you, why should anyone begrudge a new owners practical improvements in their new X360s. If you really want one of these newer systems because of current annoyances then its not that hard to sell your console a couple of weeks before the Zephers start appearing without losing too much money.
7 years ago
yeah, slap a premium on Ebay and you'll get a good 500 bucks for it at least, it's not a big problem. It'd probably even offer a decent trade in at stores.
7 years ago
So, anyone else readying their sledgehammers to take advantage of their extended warranties?
7 years ago
But wouldn't they replace with another premium console anyways, regardless of the upgraded one?
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