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.
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.
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
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.