With rumours of a hardware upgrade to the great yet notoriously loud, hot and unreliable Xbox 360 doing the rounds since April last year news that it is finally on the way will be greeted more with relief than celebration.
Codenamed 'Project Falcon' the new chipset is said to improve both the console's processor and graphics which will not only reduce heat build up and fan noise (less heat = less fans) but also cost.
A changeover for both the AMD CPU and AMD/ATI GPU from the 90nm process to 65nm is likely to be the most obvious – and cost efficient – method for achieving these aims but official details have yet to be announced. What is clear however is there will be no performance increase for any new consoles based on Falcon since the hardware is locked down for its lifespan.
Having survived on the market for 20 months with barely a waver in price the Xbox 360 clearly needs to become more accommodating now Sony has reduced the price of its Stateside PS3s by $100. Falcon looks like the way to do it...