Would discontinuing the Elite be a good idea for Microsoft?

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Red Xbox 360 Elite

There have been some rumours recently that Microsoft are planning on discontinuing the Elite Xbox 360.

At first glance this seems like a very strange move indeed as the Xbox 360 Elite has always been the model that has directly competed with the media capability of the PS3.

However Microsoft may have come up with a gem of an idea here, instead of continuing the standard black Xbox 360 Elites the rumour goes that Microsoft will instead be releasing limited edition Elites to coincide with major game releases. Much like the red Xbox 360 that is on sale at the moment.

This serves the double purpose of keeping the hardware in the media spotlight and playing on people’s inbuilt desire to own limited edition hardware.

The car companies have been doing it for years and it obviously works as I remember people forking out way over the cars value to have a limited edition Golf.

I have to admit that if I was in the market now to buy a Xbox 360 I would rather pick up a limited edition bundle like the Resident Evil Red Xbox other than the Elite.

Last Updated: March 10, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • ewie

    yes all good and well, until you need to have it swapped in South Africa, Sorry sir we don’t have the red Ferrari model, but what about a pink barbie one ?

  • janrik

    I’m glad they are going back to ‘limited ed’ models.

    I had a blue crystal HALO Xbox and have the Spartan Green Halo3 Xbox 360.

    More of these will boost the game sales.

    Was there not a yellow simpsons one already also?

  • Darkling

    Ja,but only like 5 or so,think it was n competition or something.

  • Fox1

    Yes. The Simpsons one had a white eye for the power button :pinch:

  • Good idea.

    I’m wondering if Elite sales have dropped of late. (or am i thinking too locally) I mean, the Elite is similarly priced to the PS3 (cheaper overseas, same price here). So for the similar price as an XBOX with a bigger HDD, you can get a comparible gaming console with a Blue-Ray player.

    Previously, it was an attractive option with HDMI port and 120GB HDD, now that the Pro has a 60GB HDD and an HDMI port, it’s less attractive.

    “The price of a PS3” is alot of money to spend just to have your console in black!

    Have Elite sales dropped making this SKU a waste of money (especially now with worldwide recession)

  • Yellow Simpsons PSP

  • WitWolfyZA

    Buying a Elite is pointless. Why pay R4000 (Even if it is for a bundle) where you can buy a PS# rather and get Blue Ray included? I’ll rather go Playstation at that price range.. But thats just me

  • Macethy

    Who cares just please Midigital replace the crappy Xbox you sent me last week where the power supply doesn’t fit! :devil:

  • Fox1

    Well this is just a rumour :silly:

    Oh and the other rumour going around is that they maybe looking at higher capacity hard drives.

  • Fox1

    Phone MS help line and clarify whether the current power supply you have will work with the replacement console.

  • Macethy

    Whats the helpline number?

  • Fox1

    It’s 0800 991 550 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • DarthPenguin

    But what if you want to play all the 360 exclusive games and have a large Hard Drive… the PS3 control isn’t an option as MadCatZ has that PS3 control that is the same weight and size and shape as the 360 one…

  • Macethy

    Thank you good sir!

  • Fox1

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fox1

    Guys please read this about MiDigital:
    http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php?t=161503

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