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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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Looks like I'll get a 360...
By middlehead on 3/26/2007 6:32:36 PM , Rating: 2
when this becomes the new $399 premium. But not at 480.

RE: Looks like I'll get a 360...
By timmiser on 3/27/2007 1:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I was thinking. Missing an HD drive but only $20 less than the PS3 with a HD drive, who are they trying to appeal too?

RE: Looks like I'll get a 360...
By sviola on 3/27/2007 9:10:36 AM , Rating: 2
Can't you read?

It'll come with a 120 Gb HDD.

RE: Looks like I'll get a 360...
By MarcLeFou on 3/27/2007 9:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely HD as in High Definition and NOT Hard Drive.

Why so many people around here are so angry is something I'll never understand.

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