Back in black

Non-gamers who stray into game shops are already confused when faced with the choice of an Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Premium bundle, and it’s a situation that isn’t going to get any better – from 29th April the black Xbox 360 Elite will be available in the US.

Xbox 360 Elite SystemPriced at a reasonable $479.99 (GBP £245 / €360), it includes a larger 120GB hard drive and a HDMI port but no HD DVD player. A component/SD cable, wireless controller, Xbox Live headset, and one month Xbox Live Gold subscription will also be packed into the box. The 120GB hard drive will be available separately for $179.99 (£90 / €134), which comes with a data transfer cable so you don’t lose your Sneak King save files.

A European release date is yet to be announced. It’s also not clear if Microsoft will bother releasing it in Japan, where only 24 consoles have been sold so far.