360 Elite with its HDMI and 120GB hard drive
aren’t set to officially launch until April 29, a lucky Chico, Calif. man was
able to score one such console from a Target store. Pictures proving his
purchase hit Photobucket
and other various Internet forums.
Before long, the purchase made its way onto Internet auction
which the seller is advertising, “I have one BRAND NEW XBOX 360 Elite in my
posession FACTORY SEALED!” and noting that the item is not a preorder and is
ready to ship at the end of the auction. At time of publication, the Xbox 360
Elite sits at an $600 bid. The auction is set to end on April 23.
Assuming that the winning bidder selects the $99 next-day
shipping option, the soonest he or she will have the still unreleased is on
April 24, a full six days before the official launch.
Microsoft has not disclosed the number of Xbox 360 Elite
units it plans to launch with, nor exactly if the console will be part of a distinct
limited edition. The console, however, has apparently sold out of its initial
allocation at Circuit City, who has replaced its preorder link with a “coming
A number of other 'early' Xbox 360 Elite consoles are now available on eBay, giving eager early birds a greater selection of worms.
quote: Meh. The higher capacity discs aren't necessary for game functionality and won't be for a long time. So why cram these HD drives down everyone's throats at the high prices of early-adoption when most people won't use them and don't even really want them?
quote: Microsoft did make some marketing decisions since our sources spilled the beans on this thing though: it's not going to be limited edition, as we previously had. Instead, the Elite will be a permanent SKU, the third and top-tier Xbox device.