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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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For all anyone knows...
By DigitalFreak on 3/26/2007 4:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
...these could be dev units.

RE: For all anyone knows...
By Scabies on 3/26/2007 4:35:23 PM , Rating: 4
or "Macrosoft Xbocks 720"s. Everyone loves generic grey-market products :)

RE: For all anyone knows...
By Brandon Hill on 3/26/2007 4:59:14 PM , Rating: 2
Xbox 360 dev kits are taller and have a black DVD drive faceplate. Do a search on Google

RE: For all anyone knows...
By JimFear on 3/27/2007 7:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
Not neccesarily, I was at a mahusive LAN Party back in 2005 that had black 360's without the dev interface block on the end and just bog standard 20GB hard drives, maybe they're the new dev kits with the new hard drives pre-installed? As far as I was aware the devkits always had HDMI anyway.

RE: For all anyone knows...
By dice1111 on 3/26/2007 5:52:48 PM , Rating: 1
Too bad they didn't get a shot of the rear. I'd like to check out the ports it's offering. HDMI anyone?

RE: For all anyone knows...
By Filibuster on 3/26/2007 9:46:33 PM , Rating: 5
>HDMI anyone?

Do some people just look at the pictures and then post?

RE: For all anyone knows...
By dice1111 on 4/2/2007 6:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
The article says HDMI, but where is the proof? This hadn't been confirmed by microsoft just yet. A shot at the back would actually prove it.

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