Update 28th of March 2007: Microsoft have just officially announced the Xbox 360 Elite. Here are the facts:
Distinguished by its black finish and signature metallic detailing, Xbox 360 Elite will have an estimated retail price(1) of $479.99 (U.S.) and will come packed with components and accessories for the ultimate high-definition entertainment experience:(2)
— Xbox 360 Elite console. The console is equipped with a premium black
finish and three powerful core processors capable of producing the best
in HD entertainment (up to 1080p), 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-
aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, HDMI output and DVD
playback with upscaling capabilities right out of the box.
— Xbox 360 120GB hard drive. The 120GB detachable 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.(3) The hard drive is sold separately for an estimated
retail price of $179.99 (U.S.).
— Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black). This award-winning, high-
performance wireless controller, now in black, features the Xbox(R)
Guide Button for quick, in-game access to friends and music. It has a
range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA
batteries. It is sold separately for an estimated retail price of
— Xbox 360 headset (black). Now available in black, the headset lets
gamers strategize or trade taunts while playing games and send voice
messages to friends on Xbox LIVE.
— Xbox 360 HDMI cable. New to Xbox 360, HDMI allows consumers to get HD
video (up to 1080p) and multichannel surround sound, all from one
— Xbox LIVE Silver Membership. With this, gamers can 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 the best in downloadable games
from Xbox LIVE Arcade.
— One-month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold. An Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
provides a complete online entertainment experience. Those who
subscribe to this premium service can 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.
The following accessories for the Xbox 360 Elite console will only be sold separately:
— Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit. Complete with a charging cable and a black
rechargeable battery pack, the Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit allows gamers
to recharge their Xbox 360 Wireless Controller without interrupting
their gameplay. it is sold separately for an estimated retail price of
— Xbox 360 rechargeable battery (black). The rechargeable battery pack
provides more than 25 hours of gameplay per charge. It is sold
separately for an estimated retail price of $11.99 (U.S.).