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Xbox 360 Elite May Get Phased Out

Rumors that Microsoft may be phasing out the Xbox 360 Elite console may be true depending on how Resident Evil 5 Elite sales go, according to Fudzilla resources. 

Fudzilla's behind the scenes contacts have revealed a unique strategy for the high profile Elite edition, where retail orders of the Elite would cease in the second quarter of 2009 in order to allow remaining inventory to deplete.  Once on hand inventory is eliminated, Microsoft would then consider phasing in a new limited edition version of the Elite, with exclusive distribution at select retailers.

According to the source, the primary reason for the elimination of the Arcade, Pro, and Elite business strategy is the economy.  The Elite edition currently demanding a significant premium in price over the other versions.  The Xbox 360 Arcade is priced at $199.99, the Pro at $299.99, and the Elite at $399.99.  The main difference between the Pro and the Elite edition is the color scheme of the console and controller, and a 120 GB hard drive. 

As reported by Fudzilla, Xbox 360 Elite consoles sit on the shelves significantly longer than the Arcade and Pro editions.  With the Xbox 360 receiving significant upgrades in heat management, die size, and DVD drives, older Elite consoles tend to offer less value over the other versions the longer they sit. 

Official responses on the matter are expected within the coming weeks. 

  • Wrong the main difference between the Pro and Elite is the fact that one has HDMI out and the other doesn't.
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  • jerreece
    The XBOX 360 Elite for $400 is a joke anyhow.
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  • ryanlord
    Pros have HDMI now.
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  • Tekkamanraiden
    chrgeorgesonWrong the main difference between the Pro and Elite is the fact that one has HDMI out and the other doesn't.
    Pro versions have had hdmi for quite some time now.
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  • mc84ss
    Even the Arcade version has HDMI onboard.
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  • captaincharisma
    heck it would be even better if they just phased out the xbox 360 altogether LOL
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  • jarnail24
    The one thing to end this console war would be to have the arcade at $150. It would kill the ps3 except for people that are looking for a blu-ray player of course. People are not buying the ps3 right now except for the people wanting a blu-ray player. For the Wii I admit it has sold the most but I don't consider it a gaming console, not starting a fanboy war just saying what I think.
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  • sneebeezums
    ^ I bought a PS3 because I wanted to play video games, not Blu Ray movies. Most people I know who have a PS3 who are going to buy one are doing for the same reason.

    As for the article, smart move my MS. Besides the bigger HDD and color scheme, the Elite offers nothing the newer 360s bring to the table.
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  • sneebeezums
    jarnail24The one thing to end this console war would be to have the arcade at $150. It would kill the ps3 except for people that are looking for a blu-ray player of course. People are not buying the ps3 right now except for the people wanting a blu-ray player.
    I bought a PS3 because I wanted to play video games, not Blu Ray movies. Most people I know who have a PS3 who are going to buy one are doing for the same reason. You buy the PS3 to have BluRay as an added bonus.

    As for the article, smart move my MS. Besides the bigger HDD and color scheme, the Elite offers nothing the newer 360s bring to the table.

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  • trainreks
    I dont think Ive ever watched a BluRay movie on my PS3. But I do watch streamed HD movies and play a hell of a lot of games. I think PS3 has better exclusives than the X360, and dont forget about the RROD.

    If they sold the RE5 X360 for cheaper I might get it. Considering it is a confirmed Jasper.
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