Justin Lee On April 27, 2007 at 7:30 am

Even though some stores broke the street date by accident, the real launch date of the Xbox 360 Elite is this Sunday April 29th. With a slick black finish, 120 gigabyte drive and an HDMI port … it might be time to jump onto the Microsoft bandwagon if you do not own an Xbox 360 yet.

This coming Sunday, Xbox 360 Elite, the ultimate video game and entertainment system, will hit retail shelves in North America.

Shellacked in black with metallic detail, the ultimate console features a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, HDMI and component cables, Xbox LIVE? headset, and an Xbox 360 wireless controller. For a great estimated retail price of $479.99 (U.S.), Xbox 360 Elite offers extensive storage room 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, the number one online distributor of high-definition television and feature film content.

For existing Xbox 360 owners looking for greater storage capacity, the 120GB hard drive will also be sold as a stand-alone accessory for a suggested retail price of $179.99 (U.S.). Coordinating 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 as well.

Those who purchase Xbox 360 Elite will get:

– 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 (black). 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. The hard drive is sold separately in the original Xbox 360 chill color 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? 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 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, chat with more than one person at a time, and take advantage of unique opportunities 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 $19.99 (U.S.).

– 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.).

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/xbox360elite/default.htm.

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