Xbox 360 Elite: HDMI-enabled black unit in late April for $479, limited-edition

Update: Engadget has the scoop on the limited-edition 'Xbox 360 Elite'! (Details below.)

Looks like Game Informer's black Xbox 360 rumor wasn't so much a rumor as it was a pending exclusive in their shiny mag. Of course, GI weren't the first outlet to whisper secrets about an elusive revision of the Xbox 360 -- actually, Engadget got pics of the console's (dubbed Zephyr) HDMI port, proving its existence. Now, GI's April issue has the deets.

This news has been floating around for a couple days -- first hitting NeoGAF and subsequently our tips line -- but, Kotaku has managed to get some pics of the page and even confirmation from GI that this isn't an April Fool's hoax. So, without further delay, the specs:
  • Uh, it's black
  • HDMI port and HDMI cable (oh, you bullies!)
  • 120GB hard drive (but you told us 20GB was more than enough!)
  • A $479 price tag (ouch!)
  • No HD-DVD integration (yup), the "format's not proven" (pssst, and it's being outsold)
  • The 120GB hard drive will be available for under $200 (uh, we certainly hope so!)
  • It's coming in "late April"
Engadget adds:
  • Dubbed the Xbox 360 Elite
  • Limited-edition; probably a couple hundred thousand units
  • Case, controller, and headset will be black; new packaging
  • Confirmed: 3rd SKU; sold alongside Premium and Core bundles
  • Elite runs cooler than other models
  • Eventually Elite hardware (in white) will replace Premium; estimated to be in late summer or fall
Our questions:
  • Where the hell is the built-in WiFi? Seriously. Our DS Lite has it built-in -- and DS is only $30 more than the 360's adapter! (Engadget: "There are no current plans to integrate WiFi into the Elite or future Premiums...")
  • Will this be a third SKU, or will they finally pull the Core? Yeah, #3.
  • Will the Zephyr Elite release come coupled with price-drops for the other SKUs? (Engadget: "Prices may remain the same with the 120GB / HDMI hardware upgrade in the Premium Xbox, but we may still see a price cut on the line when 65nm chips start shipping.")
  • Does this model have the desirable, albeit delayed, 65nm chips? (Engadget: "not yet confirmed to have 65nm chips.")
  • How pissed off will early adopters be?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.