Thursday, February 8th 2007

Microsoft 'Zephyr' Xbox360 manifests itself as black Xbox360

Whether or not this thing comes with a 65nm CPU is unclear. However, it will come with a bunch of other features that the 'Zephyr' was rumored to have. Australian retailers should have, by the time that the PS3 is available to PAL territories, a $750 AUD black Xbox360. This Xbox360 will have an HDMI port, a 120GB hard drive, and a shiny black controller. It may be possible to get just the hard drive as an add on for existing Xbox360's later. The device will ship for $749 AUD ($585/£299/€449).

The Register's interpretation of how this black Xbox360 may look:

Source: The Register
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30 Comments on Microsoft 'Zephyr' Xbox360 manifests itself as black Xbox360

#1
wazzledoozle
$600 seems like a lot for a new coat of paint, larger hard drive (that is pretty standard by now), and an hdmi port.
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#2
DaJMasta
by: wazzledoozle
$600 seems like a lot for a new coat of paint, larger hard drive (that is pretty standard by now), and an hdmi port.
It's pricey.... but the larger drive makes it much more attractive as a console, and the HDMI means good things for a lot of users.


If they go 65nm and the HDMI means the HD-DVD drive does more.... maybe it's worth it.


Regardless, it should look cool.
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#3
EastCoasthandle
Wow, they want you to buy another xbox360 for features that should have been implemented in the first design. Oh wait, you don't have to buy it, right? LOL

For those who have a hdmi port begging to be used with no other feasible option, I am sure "don't have to buy it" is just a catch phrase for someone who is not sensitive to the real situation. Nor do they have the proper scope of the matter, which mean they could just by a PS3 if they have to cough up that kind of money.

They really need to offer some sort of discount to those who where looking for this. It doesn't effect everyone so it shouldn't be a big deal.
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#4
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
$600 and still less features than a PS3. Who knows though, it might get out in the states for less, but I know I won't be going for one if it is the same price as a PS3.
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#5
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
Wheres the red death light?
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#6
ktr
by: DaMulta
Wheres the red death light?
when your xbox breaks down, it will give you a red light (more of an orange actually). but black looks sexy!
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#7
gamer210
It looks very Nvidia-ish with that color scheme. Next thing you know, they'll be saying it's SLI certified.
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#8
NamesDontMatter
by: ktr
when your xbox breaks down, it will give you a red light (more of an orange actually). but black looks sexy!
So now three levels of consoles. We have the basic, premium, and now I guess super premium. Am I the only one who sees a correlation here to gas octane ratings? We have Xboxm 360-89 octane (basic) Xbox 360-91 octane (premium) and xbox 360-93 octane (super de duper premium.
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#9
Scavar
The only way I would ever buy that...is if I could trade in my current system for at least half of the cost, if not more. It really all should have been in the original design. A HDD larger then 20GB, HD-DVD drive, and the HDMI port. The coler, well whatever.
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#10
Benpi
by: newtekie1
$600 and still less features than a PS3. Who knows though, it might get out in the states for less, but I know I won't be going for one if it is the same price as a PS3.
All of your comparisons between the PS3 and the 360 are only about how many hardware features you get for the price. For some reason I get the feeling you live in a Mini-storage unit.

- this picture is fake anyway, someone just used the 'invert colors' option in MS-paint.
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#11
Murasame
by: Benpi
- this picture is fake anyway, someone just used the 'invert colors' option in MS-paint.
True, but there has been black 360's. Bestbuy for a while had them in commercials, on there site and in advertisements. So Microsoft may have been planning this for a bit longer than we think.
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#12
kakazza
by: NamesDontMatter
So now three levels of consoles. We have the basic, premium, and now I guess super premium. Am I the only one who sees a correlation here to gas octane ratings? We have Xboxm 360-89 octane (basic) Xbox 360-91 octane (premium) and xbox 360-93 octane (super de duper premium.
I laugh at your puny gas octane ratings!
91 (very old cars use that) 95 (almost all cars use that afaik) and 98 here :D


Inverted picture (left) original taken from here: http://xbox.about.com/od/xbox2/ss/xbox360pics_4.htm (right)



($585/£299/€449)
^--- hah, moar like $500, £350, €500 amirite?
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#13
Wile E
Power User
by: Benpi
All of your comparisons between the PS3 and the 360 are only about how many hardware features you get for the price. For some reason I get the feeling you live in a Mini-storage unit.

- this picture is fake anyway, someone just used the 'invert colors' option in MS-paint.
What other kind of features are you referring to?
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#14
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
Considering the PS3 will probably be about £400+ (for the lowend package) when it hits the UK stores this new 360 is still a good deal. And tbh any current 360 owner will still get a good 2nd hand price on their old system and that money could go towards the new one :)
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#15
Batou1986
funny my console looks exactly like that console except mine has a white ring of light
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#16
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
worthless. this is just M$ grubbing for money. notice a startling familiarity with what they are doing here, and what they have done with windows vista?
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Benpi
All of your comparisons between the PS3 and the 360 are only about how many hardware features you get for the price. For some reason I get the feeling you live in a Mini-storage unit.

- this picture is fake anyway, someone just used the 'invert colors' option in MS-paint.
And some how I get the feeling you don't see a lot of my posts about the PS3 and Xbox360, in fact I get this feeling that this topic is the first one you have ever seen me post about the two in. I guess you just missed all those posts I made saying Sony needs to lower the damn price because gamers aren't comparing the features of the hardware they are buying the systems that are cheaper to play games on and have the better game selections.

Also, no one ever claimed the picture was real. In fact if you read the actual article it says it is an "interpretation of how this black Xbox360 may look". It is more than just the 'Invert Colors' option in MS-paint too. Notice how some of the colors are still the right color?

by: kakazza
I laugh at your puny gas octane ratings!
91 (very old cars use that) 95 (almost all cars use that afaik) and 98 here :D
In the US it goes 87/89/91-93. Most cars use 87 just fine.
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#18
ghost101
Whats the octane rating of petrol in europe? I know theyre always taking the piss in Top Gear.
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#19
ice91785
I could care less about the HDMI as I am not interested in HD-DVDs through my xbox and component is a-o.k. for current gen games.... (chances are you would only notice differents on rendered video sequences in games with HDMI anyway)

What i DO care about however is if that 120GB hdd will indeed be compatible with current gen xboxes and subsequently the prices of it (if sold seperately). I am scared if 20GB is $100, what if 120GB is like $300? ......Stupid proprietory crap...
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#20
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
You can take the 20GB Hard Drive apart and put a larger laptop SATA hard drive in it, I have seen it done. So if it is insanely expensive for the part separately you might look into just doing that.
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#21
Exceededgoku
by: ghost101
Whats the octane rating of petrol in europe? I know theyre always taking the piss in Top Gear.
95 standard, 97/98 is our high end
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#22
ice91785
by: newtekie1
You can take the 20GB Hard Drive apart and put a larger laptop SATA hard drive in it, I have seen it done. So if it is insanely expensive for the part separately you might look into just doing that.
Do you know of a guide for this? I googled it and looked (only for about 15 seconds cuz im in a hurry) and didn't find anything fantastic.

Also, what would XBL/microsoft do if you sign in with a "fake" hdd?
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: ice91785
Do you know of a guide for this? I googled it and looked (only for about 15 seconds cuz im in a hurry) and didn't find anything fantastic.

Also, what would XBL/microsoft do if you sign in with a "fake" hdd?
Unfortunately, I do not. I saw it done early in the XBox360's life, it was more of a proof of concept thing, so who knows if it still even works. Knowing Microsoft they will ban your account and console from XBL for using a non-Microsoft hard drive. But there is usually always a way around these types of things, and ways to make the 3rd party hard drive look like a real Microsoft one. Who knows, Microsoft might not even check that sort of thing, but that doesn't sound like something Microsoft would do. Obviously I am not an expert on the subject, so hopefully there are some people out there who know more than me.
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#24
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I think us current 360 owners should get a trade in credit fo rthe new one. Im thinking like 60% of the cost is covered with the trade in and we only pay 40%. That would put it in the realm of the Wii if I am notmistaken.
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#25
Scavar
by: WarEagleAU
I think us current 360 owners should get a trade in credit fo rthe new one. Im thinking like 60% of the cost is covered with the trade in and we only pay 40%. That would put it in the realm of the Wii if I am notmistaken.
If it worked out like that, then I would do it for sure. I wouldn't see a reason not to do it.
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