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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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RE: so 80 bucks for black?
By FITCamaro on 3/26/2007 4:43:09 PM , Rating: 5
I believe the extra $80 is for the HDMI cable, 120GB hard drive, and the black finish. By them saying the current premium system will get the Elite hardware, I think they just meant the HDMI port.

Anyway, if they cut the price of the current premium system, I might have to pick one up. I could care less about HDMI and don't need the larger hard drive either. Anyone wanna sell their's cheap?

I do just wish the current premium would become the new base system. That would really hurt Sony since then their base model would match the base PS3 in hardware spec except as a high def DVD player. Also, the cost of the base 360 system and the HD-DVD drive add on would be the same price as a base PS3. And the added value of the HD-DVD drive being able to be used on any XP or Vista PC. C'mon Microsoft, cut out Sony's throat and do this.


RE: so 80 bucks for black?
By SunAngel on 3/26/07, Rating: 0
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