A cheeky eBay seller has managed to break the Xbox 360 Elite's
US street date of April 29th.
The seller appears to have in his possession a fully boxed Elite complete with a receipt indicating the console came from US retailer Target.
If Target knowingly broke the street date, as Italian retailers recently did with the PS3
, it could find itself in a world of trouble with Microsoft. The receipt could, of course, be for another product entirely and the console nicked.
If you live in America and can't bring yourself to wait 10 days for an updated version of an already-available console you can enter the bidding here
. Bids are currently up to $600 (£300), but the reserve hasn't been met.
Elsewhere on eBay, the requisite Elite pre-orders have appeared. They number at 225 at the time of press, with the priciest going at $635 (£317) plus $34.99 (£17.50) for shipping. That's an impressive 72 quid more than the US retail price of $479.99 (£245). It may well be that US Microsoft fans have been given the willies by Kaiser_911's assertion that there “maybe only 2-4 units per store at launch”
SPOnG's happy to report, however, that the majority of the Elites on offer are currently going for around or below the console's retail price. Serves the dirty scalpers right.
Current speculation puts the Elite in Europe this November, but no official announcement has been made by Microsoft.