Xbox 360 Elite – Who is it for, and is Black Better?

It was recently announced that there will be a new version of the Xbox 360 released – the Xbox 360 Elite. So what’s the difference from the original Xbox 360? This one is black, comes with a larger hard drive and is said to run cooler and it comes with HDMI. So is it going to be worth shelling out another $400? Who is this new 360 for? Here are my 10 guesses:

  1. For those who haven’t bought the original yet
  2. For those who have a cool $500 laying around (I say $500 cause if you’re forkin’ out $400 for a new black Xbox, you’re probably gonna fork out an extra hundo for matching controllers and accessories)
  3. For those who think that HDMI gaming is going to be the revolution
  4. For those who like to store tons of music on their Xbox
  5. For morons
  6. For NBA stars who have loads of dough and need to put an Xbox in every room and want to play NBA Live 2007 after practice
  7. For those who want to have to buy a matching HD-DVD player for their new black Xbox
  8. For those that are sick of seeing dirty funky hand sweat on their white Xbox controller
  9. For those who have to have the latest and greatest
  10. For those who believe, “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice”

Here’s some real information as reported by

  • The Elite will be limited quantities only; that may be as much or as little as a couple hundred thousand.
  • The case, controller, and Live headset will all be black. It will have all new packaging.
  • Elite will cost $479, and will be a 3rd SKU; it will be sold alongside Premium and Core packs.
  • Eventually Elite hardware (in white plastics) will take the role of the Xbox Premium. That is to say, after the Elite is launched and sold out, future Xbox Premiums will have 120GB / HDMI.
  • We do not yet know exactly when 120GB / HDMI will become the standard for Premium, but it is loosely estimated to be late summer or fall.
  • Elite models run cooler than normal 360s, but they are not yet confirmed to have 65nm chips.
  • 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.
  • The HD DVD drive will not be internal or bundled — Microsoft never did or nor does not currently have plans to put an HD DVD drive in the 360.
  • There are no current plans to integrate WiFi into the Elite or future Premiums (although that can always change).

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One thought on “Xbox 360 Elite – Who is it for, and is Black Better?”

  1. If you just want your xbox to be black (you racist bastard), you can just replace the casing for ~$50:,4150.htm

    I may buy the elite, for reasons #1,2,6, and 7.

    I’m buyin a 50″+ plasma at the same time (with black trim), along with a black receiver, and a black hd-dvd player (I too, am racist, and white). I think an all black setup would look pretty sick, I have my work PC setup with a black keyboard, mouse, monitor, stands, etc…. and it looks sick. The best thing about all black is that it doesnt distract the eye from the picture, as most other colors do.

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