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The Xbox 360 Elite drum beat grows louder

Xbox 360 Elite systems have been caught in the wild on a Chinese production line. Xbox 360 Fanboy has images of racks of black Xbox 360 units taken from a Chinese video game forum.

The images not only show the sleek, black exterior of the Xbox 360 Elite, but a close-up image shows the 120GB hard disk drive (HDD) fitted atop the console.

Further confirmation of the Xbox 360 Elite came over the weekend from Dean Takahashi of the The Mercury News. Takahashi was the first to break the news of the Xbox 360's upcoming IPTV service.

Likewise, promotional materials from Gamestop have been spotted which detail the 120GB which will be made available as a stand-alone upgrade for current Xbox 360 owners.

While the new black exterior and 120GB HDD may be headliner features of the $479 USD Xbox 360 Elite, the addition of an HDMI port and an HDMI cable are also added bonuses. Two features that are reportedly missing from the Xbox 360 Elite, however, are built-in WiFi and an internal HD DVD drive.

Engadget notes that the Xbox 360 Elite will be available in limited quantities sometime this Spring and that Xbox 360 Premium systems will get Elite-spec hardware (sans black finish) sometime in late Summer/early Fall. The price is expected to remain at $399 while price cuts are expected to help clear out the existing stock of Xbox 360 Premiums with the smaller 20GB HDD.

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Maybe it IS true...
By Pdubya on 3/26/2007 4:12:32 PM , Rating: 1
Jeez, if this kind of stuff keeps surfacing, the odds that it's a farce are gonna disappear quickly.
Looks fairly slick, glad I waited on mine!

RE: Maybe it IS true...
By irev210 on 3/26/2007 4:16:57 PM , Rating: 3
This is at the point where Microsoft is either REALLY bad at keeping secrets or they are doing a TON of free marketing.

My guess is MS marketing group has stepped up their game a notch. Really effective if you ask me.

RE: Maybe it IS true...
By GhandiInstinct on 3/26/07, Rating: 0
RE: Maybe it IS true...
By BBock727 on 3/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: Maybe it IS true...
By PrezWeezy on 3/26/2007 5:28:59 PM , Rating: 3
Hey man, the NES is the best game system ever created. I have mine sitting next to my 360. And once the Wii becomes more available I'll buy that and download all the NES and SNES games for it. Don't mock the old school.

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