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September 26, 2007 // 10:49 pm - Most gamers have heard that there is a new version of the the Xbox 360 Premium console on the market. The new version sports an HDMI interface like the Xbox Elite (though no cable). It also uses the Elite's motherboard with (hopefully) improved heat-sink to keep the dreaded Red Circle of Doom away. Great news right? Of course, if your store knows how to find it.

See, Microsoft in all it's wisdom doesn't make the new version obvious on the box. Some sources, such as report that the new HDMI enabled Premiums say HDMI under specifications on the side. Well guess what? All of the ones that I've seen don't. There is no special marking on the boxes. No mention of HDMI. Nada, nothing, zilch. Great, just great.

I asked about the new Premium at Gamestop for about 2 weeks and each time the manager said he didn't have any in. They repeatedly looked in the back for a box that had the word HDMI just like the picture from Joystick showed. None of them had it. I asked at Circuit City and no one knew what I was talking about. The same at Target. Finally I looked it up on line and noticed that the only real difference is the MS part number. The HDMI version is model # MS 882224380751 while the older version is MS 882224035811. The box has NO mention of HDMI on it anywhere.

If you are looking for the HDMI equipped Premium, make sure to request that number. Once I did, the clerk said they had a bunch of those in stock. Silly me, I should have known it wouldn't be as easy as just asking. This is Microsoft after-all.

Great job boys. Only you could turn something that is a no-brainer good thing and turn it into a frustrating excercise. And you wonder why people don't love you?

Freakin MS Makes Buying New Xbox 360 Confusing

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