And the winner of the worst kept secret of the month? Why it’s Microsoft of course. The technology giant this evening officially announced the upcoming availability of Xbox 360 Elite, a new model of the Xbox 360 that will come packed with a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface port (HDMI cable included), and a “premium” black finish on the console, wireless controller, and Xbox Live headset. The Xbox 360 Elite will carry an MSRP of $479.99, and will also include a month of Xbox Live free.
In addition, the new 120GB hard drive also will be sold as a stand-alone accessory as well for $179.99. Additional Xbox 360 Elite accessories, such as the black Xbox 360 Wireless Controller ($49.99), Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit ($19.99) and the Xbox 360 rechargeable battery ($11.99), will be available separately as well, with both the console and all its related goods (and services) launching April 29.
“Today’s games and entertainment enthusiast has an insatiable appetite for digital high-definition content,” said Microsoft’s Peter Moore in an official statement. “Xbox 360 Elite’s larger hard drive and premium accessories will allow our community to enjoy all that the next generation of entertainment has to offer.”