updated 12:50 am EDT, Wed March 28, 2007
Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite
Following the recent photo confirmation of its existence, Microsoft on Tuesday officially announced its Xbox 360 Elite, a new model of the video game and entertainment system that will include a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish for the console, wireless controller and Xbox LIVE headset. The "Elite" system has enough space for a library of Xbox LIVE Arcade games and thousands of songs, as well as downloadable high-definition TV shows and movies available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the company said. In addition, the new 120GB hard drive also will be sold as a stand-alone accessory for current Xbox 360 owners.
The company also announced that other Xbox 360 Elite accessories, such as the black Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit and the Xbox 360 rechargeable battery, will be available separately. The Xbox 360 Elite and related accessories will be available for $479.99 in the US on April 29th.
- The Xbox 360 Elite console is equipped with a premium black finish and delivers HD video (up to 1080p), 16:9 aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, HDMI output and DVD playback with upscaling functions.
- The Xbox 360 120GB hard drive allows gamers to save their games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, levels, demos and other content available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace; it will be sold separately for an estimated retail price of $179.99.
- Microsoft's Xbox 360 Wireless Controller will be available in black; it features the Xbox Guide Button for quick, in-game access to friends and music and has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA batteries. It will also be available separately for $49.99.
- The set also features the new Xbox 360 headset--now available in black--allowing gamers to communicate while playing games and send voice messages to friends on Xbox LIVE; the Xbox 360 HDMI cable can connect to HD video (up to 1080p) televisions and supports multichannel surround sound.
- The new Xbox LIVE Silver Membership allows gamers to chat with friends online, collect achievements and gamerscores, send and receive voice and text messages, and access Xbox LIVE Marketplace content such as game demos, HD movies and TV, as well as downloadable games from Xbox LIVE Arcade.
- A new one-month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold provides a complete online entertainment experience, enabling users to engage in competitive online multiplayer matches, tailor their matchmaking via feedback and accomplishments, chat with more than one person at a time, and take advantage of unique privileges in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and Xbox LIVE Arcade.
Microsoft also said that some accessories for the Xbox 360 Elite console will only be sold separately, including the Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit. It includes a charging cable and a black rechargeable battery pack, allowing gamers to recharge their Xbox 360 Wireless Controller without interrupting gameplay. It will be sold separately for an estimated retail price of $19.99. In addition, the Xbox 360 rechargeable battery pack provides more than 25 hours of gameplay per charge. It will be sold separately for an estimated retail price of $11.99.