Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Xbox 360 Elite details announced

Microsoft has finally released the details of the much anticipated Xbox 360 Elite on their website.

Xbox 360 Elite is now the premier Xbox 360 console package that includes a massive 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish. The Xbox 360 Elite also includes a black wireless controller and black Xbox Live headset.

Components of the Xbox 360 Elite package will include:

Elite Console
Xbox 360 Elite is equipped with a premium black finish and three powerful core processors capable of producing the best in high-definition entertainment, full surround sound, HDMI output, and DVD playback with upscaling capabilities right out of the box.

120GB Hard Drive
The huge 120GB detachable hard drive is the largest available on any console. It lets you save your games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, extra game levels, demos, and other content available from Xbox Live Marketplace.

Black Wireless Controller
The sleek black finish of this high-performance wireless controller matches the style of the Elite Console. It has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA batteries.

A HDMI cable will be included in the box, both component and composite cables, an audio adapter for use with HDMI, Xbox Live headset and a 30 day Xbox Live Gold membership. There will be no rumoured HD-DVD drive, in-built wi-fi capabilities, nor will the console use the smaller 65nm chips.

For those of you looking to ensure the best quality Gaming/Video/Media Center Extender output, this is the package that you will want, as the HDMI output is a digital output, unlike the current analog VGA/Component option. The larger hard drive will also bode well for the Xbox 360/IPTV platform that was previously announced at CES 2007.

Retail availability of the Xbox 360 Elite is scheduled for April 29, 2007 in the US and Canada markets.

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Anonymous said...

120GB is huge? In 2007? Why not put in a much larger drive, like 320GB as the price difference, at least for retail, is very small and is likely to be smaller still at the wholesale volume level that MS will be purchasing them in.

Jason said...

Are there 320 gig 2.5 inch hard drives (maybe)? Are they low enough in price to be worth selling at the cost Microsoft is quoting?

Remember that the Xbox 360 does not use 3.5 inch hard drives were such large sizes as 320/400/500 gig hard drives are commonplace today.

Anonymous said...

For me the biggest disappointment is the lack of an integrated HD-DVD. I know this subject has been discussed at length and I know Microsoft have said "no" but let's face it, we all know that it will eventually show up in a "Xbox 360 R2". An open goal missed.