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Microsoft Officially Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

Codenamed Zephyr and revealed back in January of this year, Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox 360 Elite.

The Elite version will sport a new black finish, and come equipped with a 120GB hard drive, HDMI a/v port, HDMI cable, black wireless controller and black headset. The new unit will go on sale beginning April 29 with a retail price of $479.99.

In addition, Microsoft announced that the new accessories can be purchased separately and will be available for purchase the same day. They include the 120GB hard drive ($179.99), the black wireless controller ($49.99), the Play & Charge kit ($19.99) and the Xbox 360 rechargeable battery ($11.99).

The Elite version will be sold alongside the $299.99 Core package and the $399.99 Premium package. So all three SKU’s will continue to be offered to the consumer.

Official descriptions (from Microsoft) of the products and services included in the ‘Elite’ package follow below.

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.

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black). — This award-winning, high-performance wireless controller, now in black, features the Xbox┬« 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 $49.99 (U.S.).

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 cable.

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.

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.

Xbox 360 rechargeable battery (black). — The rechargeable battery pack provides more than 25 hours of gameplay per charge.

Source: [Microsoft]