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Xbox 360 Elite is black
Japan to get upgraded Xbox 360 in October

The Xbox 360 Elite is set to launch in Japan on October 11, months after the North American release.

The improved version of the Xbox 360 console, with the added features of HDMI output and a 120GB hard drive, is distinguished from its previous, lesser versions by an all-black finish and matching accessories. The Xbox 360 Elite model launched in the U.S. in late April and in Canada in early May.

“Xbox 360 Elite joins the ranks of our Core and Pro offerings that provide consumers with the flexibility to purchase the version of Xbox that best fits their unique needs,” said Peter Moore, the head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, for the U.S. launch. “Xbox 360 Elite joins the ranks of our Core and Pro offerings that provide consumers with the flexibility to purchase the version of Xbox that best fits their unique needs.”

Although Japanese gamers have to wait Xbox 360 Elite much longer for the upgraded console to arrive, they will be getting a considerable break on the price over their North American counterparts. The Xbox 360 Elite is set to retail in Japan for 47,800 yen, or about $389. In the U.S., the Xbox 360 Elite retails for $479.

It remains to be seen whether or not the improved features or relatively better value price of the Xbox 360 Elite will be enough to entice Japanese gamers to Microsoft’s console – which so far is ineffective in that country. Sales of Xbox 360 in Japan appear to be boosted by only the release of Japanese-made RPGs such as Blue Dragon and Trusty Bell/Eternal Sonata.

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RE: Lines
By EndPCNoise on 7/5/2007 3:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
360 sales have been dropping every month to their current sorry Game Cube levels of 155,000 May '07.

MS fanboys brag that the 360 is nearly twice the sales of the PS3, at 155,000 and 82,000 respectively. However, 155,000 units is nothing to be bragging about. Having double the sales of the the last place system is nothing to get excited over.

MS originally had a sales target of 15 million units by June '07. MS saw they would not meet this projection, and reduced their sales target down to 12 million units by June '07. Despite the good sales of the Elite system in the U.S., I believe MS will still miss their lowered sales target of 12 million units by June '07.

MS has done NOTHING to address consumers' concerns regarding the reliability issues of the 360. Consumers 360 reliability fears will only continue to grow worse as word of mouth, forums, articles, and rumors go unanswered and unaddressed by MS.

Please refer to this link for a history of U.S. console sales:

RE: Lines
By EndPCNoise on 7/5/2007 3:58:22 PM , Rating: 5
Everyone talks about price, games, HD-DVD vs. Blu Ray, overall value, etc., but everyone tries to ignore " the big pink elephant in the room " XBOX 360 reliability problems!

RE: Lines
By Araxen on 7/5/2007 4:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, I have held off my purchase of a 360 till all this faulty 360 stuff has been fixed. I've never had a system die on me. They should last the life of it's cycle for the most part and I will not buy a console with a 2 year life especially at $400+.

RE: Lines
By EndPCNoise on 7/6/2007 12:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
UPDATE: Microsoft Extends Warranty of Xbox 360's Afflicted With RROD to Three Years, Offers Apology

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