Yet another bout of rumoury has emerged regarding the future of the Xbox 360's hardware coughs up a whole new stock keeping unit (SKU) for Autumn 2008 under the label 'Ultimate'.
The Ultimate will allegedly feature a built-in HD-DVD drive and a whopping 320GB hard disk. It's also suggested by Stuff.tv - where the rumour originates - that the SKU will feature, "1080p HDMI output, built-in Wi-Fi, hi-def audio output, cooler 65nm hardware architecture and a near-silent fan".
All sounds pretty nifty. Unfortunately, Stuff.tv cites no source whatsoever for the news, not even an 'unnamed industry insider'. Best grab a good handful of salt to take with this one for the time being.
That said, there's something in the air with regards to a built-in HD-DVD drive for the 360. Yesterday, SPOnG told you about reports
from The Seattle Times
- normally a reliable source for Microsoft rumour - that a built-in HD-DVD drive may be announced for the 360 during Bill Gates' CES keynote.
As a side note, SPOnG is certain that - if this turns out to be any more than rumour - Microsoft would definitely have realised that the word 'ultimate' derives from the Latin 'ultimatus
' meaning "to be final, come to an end". So, this is the last ever Xbox 360?
Nope, this is the video games industry where 'final' fantasies and 'last' ninjas litter the shelves - for example, we didn't believe that 2005's Ultimate Spider-Man
for GBA would be the last we'd see of the adenoidal arachnoid.Source: Stuff.tv