Looks like Game Informer's black Xbox 360 rumor wasn't so much a rumor as it was a pending exclusive in their shiny mag. Of course, GI weren't the first outlet to whisper secrets about an elusive revision of the Xbox 360 -- actually, Engadget got pics of the console's (dubbed Zephyr) HDMI port, proving its existence. Now, GI's April issue has the deets.
This news has been floating around for a couple days -- first hitting NeoGAF and subsequently our tips line -- but, Kotaku has managed to get some pics of the page and even confirmation from GI that this isn't an April Fool's hoax. So, without further delay, the specs:
- Uh, it's black
- HDMI port and HDMI cable (oh, you bullies!)
- 120GB hard drive (but you told us 20GB was more than enough!)
- A $479 price tag (ouch!)
- No HD-DVD integration (yup), the "format's not proven" (pssst, and it's being outsold)
- The 120GB hard drive will be available for under $200 (uh, we certainly hope so!)
- It's coming in "late April"
- Dubbed the Xbox 360 Elite
- Limited-edition; probably a couple hundred thousand units
- Case, controller, and headset will be black; new packaging
- Confirmed: 3rd SKU; sold alongside Premium and Core bundles
- Elite runs cooler than other models
- Eventually Elite hardware (in white) will replace Premium; estimated to be in late summer or fall
- Where the hell is the built-in WiFi? Seriously. Our DS Lite has it built-in -- and DS is only $30 more than the 360's adapter! (Engadget: "There are no current plans to integrate WiFi into the Elite or future Premiums...")
Will this be a third SKU, or will they finally pull the Core?Yeah, #3.
- Will the
ZephyrElite release come coupled with price-drops for the other SKUs? (Engadget: "Prices may remain the same with the 120GB / HDMI hardware upgrade in the Premium Xbox, but we may still see a price cut on the line when 65nm chips start shipping.")
- Does this model have the desirable, albeit delayed, 65nm chips? (Engadget: "not yet confirmed to have 65nm chips.")
- How pissed off will early adopters be?