updated 05:25 pm EDT, Wed September 2, 2009
Microsoft on Xbox Elite ads
Microsoft today provided an unusual response to apparent leaks of a $400, 250GB Xbox 360 Elite gaming console on multiple retailers. When queried about the system by CNET, a Microsoft representative neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the system, saying only that the company has made "no such announcement." Such a response doesn't necessarily confirm the console but is uncharacteristic for a company that has flatly denied Blu-ray drive rumors in the past.
It's suspected the 250GB model is under development both to secure more lucrative sales of high-end Xboxes as well as to thwart the likely 250GB PS3. Services like the Xbox Video Marketplace and Games On Demand are expected to push a demand for larger hard drives on the Xbox 360 as each download can consume several gigabytes.