HDMI-equipped Xbox 360 on the way
An upgraded Xbox 360 with HDMI output appears to be on the schedule for 2007.
It looks as if the
Why does HDMI matter? A recent DVI or an HDMI adapter to date). The HDMI-equipped Xbox 360 removes those compatibility problems, adding plug-and-play 1080p support to a larger (and growing) list of TVs, and it obviates another distinction from the HDMI-equipped
In fact, all three of these upgrades--the HDMI output, the 65nm CPU, and the larger hard drive--have been rumored for months. I'm hoping Microsoft will take the opportunity to correct some of the 360's other annoyances, particularly the loud fan and optical disc drive noise and the gargantuan external power supply. And while I'm in wish-list mode--why not just make the HD DVD drive internal, so we don't need that kludgy
Prospective Xbox 360 buyers should definitely hold off until we find out exactly when the new model will hit stores and how much it will cost. Existing 360 owners can take solace in the fact that the hard-drive upgrade will certainly be available separately and that 1080p resolution isn't necessarily the dramatic improvement over 1080i that the TV manufacturers claim it to be.