Sources say that the answer to a noisy 360 system is coming soon and is in fact already running as an upgrade on some systems. The software update was supposedly sent out to journalists to test with their debugging console. This update is said to reduce the noise from the disk reader of the Xbox 360.
Depending on how this software fixes the problem, there might be some adverse effects. If the upgrade reduces the drive speed, this can result in longer load times and very frustrated gamers. Is a longer load time worth the noise reduction? Would it be better just to ignore the update? Will the update ever be official? More as it comes. — Andrew Dobrow
Rumor: Quieter 360 via Software Update [GWN]