Yesterday, Microsoft announced across-the-board
price cuts for its Xbox 360 lineup. Prices for the $479 Elite, $399 Premium
and $299 Core dropped to $449.99, $349.99 and $279.99 respectively.
It turns out that Microsoft's announcement of price cuts
across the board for its Xbox 360 lineup wasn't the only thing the folks at
Redmond had in store for consumers. A Shacknews reader
purchased a $349.99 Xbox 360 Premium today from a Target store in Atlanta and
was surprised to see an HDMI port on the console.
The manufacture date for the console was listed as July 4
and the documentation provided for the console made clear mention of the new
HDMI was first introduced on the Xbox
360 Elite in late April. That console came with a black finish and a 120GB
HDD instead of the 20GB included on the Premium. Microsoft also announced that
the upcoming Xbox
360 Halo 3 Special Edition Console would feature
an HDMI port -- albeit at a higher $399.99 price tag.
It is unknown whether the inclusion of the HDMI port will
also extend to the Xbox 360 Core. It may be more cost effective for Microsoft
to just produce a single motherboard for the entire Xbox 360 lineup instead of
continuing its current HDMI/non-HDMI production. It is also unclear if this new
batch of Xbox 360 consoles feature the new cooler-running 65
nanometer Falcon CPU and GPU.
A Microsoft represenative confirmed to Kotaku that the Xbox 360 Premium is indeed now shipping with an HDMI port. "Yes, we are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another
choice in Xbox 360 owners' games and entertainment experience.
Retailers are gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the
channel to meet demand."