January 3, 2008
CES Video Game Rumors Abound: HD DVD 360 and PSP Skype?
The annual Consumer Electronic Show has attracted a few interesting rumors this year. Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times is predicting that Bill Gates himself will unveil a new Xbox 360 SKU with a built-in HD DVD drive.
Dudley is also predicting that Microsoft may be licensing out the Xbox 360 architecture to companies such as Toshiba, to make their own branded consoles, perhaps with DVR functionality too. Of course this rumor is rampant with no real evidence to support it, plus we've heard it before. But it would make sense for the Xbox 360 to make a big splash with the Wii getting so much attention this holiday season. And with this being Gates' last year at the helm.
The other big rumor is that Sony will announce a Skype program for the PSP and, unlike the Xbox 360 rumor, this one is is all but confirmed. A picture found by ubergizmo.com in a Sony press video meant for CES shows two happy PSP owners with the words "Make Calls With Skype" plastered in the middle.
Is anyone looking forward to either of these improvements? While new features are always a great addition, I'd really like to know when Sony's going to take advantage of their Sony Ericsson division and make a full fledged PSP Phone.
As for the Xbox 360 rumor, I already have the HD DVD drive and actually like having one drive for games and one for DVDs. But still, having everything integrated into a single unit would defiantly help in their "format wars" with Sony.