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New Version of Xbox 360 Looking More Likely 106

Engadget is just one of a number of sites running 'confirmations' of a new iteration of the Xbox 360 hardware. The new black-coloured console is said to include an HDMI port and a larger hard disk drive (120 gigs). While the code-name Zephyr has been bandied about online for quite some time now, Engadget is saying it will be released under the name 'Elite'. Initially to be sold as a third SKU (alongside the Core and Premium packs), when the initial black run sells out the hardware in the Elite will take the place of the Premium sku. An HD-DVD drive will not be incorporated into the unit. All this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the entire thing stems from 'sources' and a supposed article in the upcoming issue of Game Informer magazine; Microsoft has not yet confirmed anything.
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New Version of Xbox 360 Looking More Likely

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  • Quick thoughts... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by The-Bus ( 138060 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @01:43PM (#18431439)
    Penny Arcade is somewhat spot-on with their view that the new $479 X360 is competing against the $599 PS3 [] since the $499 PS3 is becoming increasingly rare in retail locations.

    But come off it, Microsoft. You don't release this data but I put dollars to donuts that the Xbox 360 is the most faulty console release in recent memory. I've seen reports of people on their sixth console []. My only hope is that when my current Xbox 360 breaks and I get my fourth one, they give me a working replacement, not the crap they've unloaded over the past year and a half. (That's my only qualm with the 360).
  • Disssapointed (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rycross ( 836649 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @01:44PM (#18431459)
    I was hoping that this would be the new Premium system at $399, and that the old Premium system would drop down to $350. Paying an extra $80 for a larger hard drive and hdmi seems kinda meh. After all, thats only $20 less expensive than the 20GB PS3. They probably should have thrown in wireless too (if only to get the Sony fanboys to shut up with the "LOL You HAVE to buy wireless you don't actually need for $100 LOL).
  • HDMI cable? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kmcrober ( 194430 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @01:56PM (#18431687)
    Does anyone know whether this means that there will be an HDMI cable released for the existing models? I've poked around the news releases, but haven't seen any mention of it.
  • by JFMulder ( 59706 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @02:21PM (#18432135)
    Remember that Microsoft has lowered their shipments targets form 15 to 12 million. Maybe they are trying to bleed the market dry out of Premium 360s so they can replace that model with this new one, which could still launch at 400$ dollars. I mean, a bigger hard drive is not going to cost them a lot more per unit and HDMI output could actually cost LESS than analog component output. Factor in the fact that they are shrinking the processor die (which implies lower cost), and they might actually be able to offer a refresh on the Premium model for the exact same price and still break-even (last reports show Microsoft breaking even on Premium bundles).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @03:17PM (#18433045)
    It's not an advantage, it's stupidity. It means that all 360 games will have to be shipped on DVD from now until forever. Meanwhile PS3 has double layer Blu-Ray = 50GB of storage for games.

    360 users will have fun swapping out six discs all the time for that RPG.

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