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Elite 360 No Longer Ships With HD Cables

One of the things I appreciated most about my Xbox 360 Elite was that it shipped with a HDMI cable in the box, letting me get the most out of my system's visuals without the need for further expense.

Thing is, I got my Elite years ago. If you plan on picking one up in the future, you won't be so lucky, as several GameStop employees have told us new models of the hardware hitting stores across the US (new box pictured) no longer ship with a HDMI cable. In fact, they don't even ship with component cables either, just some SD composite cables, meaning anyone with a HDTV is going to have to pay a little extra. A HD tax, if you will.

Disappointing, Microsoft. How are you going to help kick the HD generation along shipping composite cables? This was a bum move when Sony pulled it in 2006. Pulling it in 2009 is just...yeah, disappointing.

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Guest MS has to update their site:

Features

  • Xbox 360 Elite console: The console is equipped with an HDMI port, HDMI cable, a black wireless controller and black Xbox LIVE® headset. It also comes with three powerful core processors, 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, and DVD playback with upscaling capabilities right outof the box.
  • Games: Xbox 360 redefines what games look like, sound like, feel like, and play like to engage you like never before. Every Xbox 360 title supports a minimum of 720p, and up to 1080p high definition resolution or 480p standard definition resolution, in 16:9 widescreen, with anti-aliasing so you enjoy smooth, movie-like graphics and multi-channel surround sound. Vibrant characters display depth of emotion to evoke more dramatic responses, immersing you in the experience.
  • Xbox 360 120GB hard drive: The huge 120GB detachable hard drive allows gamers to save their games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, extra game levels, demos and other content available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Also sold separatley.
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black): The sleek black finish of this high-performance wireless controller matches the style of the Elite Console. It has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA batteries. Also sold separatley.
  • Xbox 360 headset (black): Now available in black, the headset lets you strategize while playing together online or trade taunts with your opponents. You can also send voice messages to friends on Xbox LIVE.
  • Xbox 360 HDMI cable: New to Xbox 360, HDMI lets you get HD video (up to 1080p) and multichannel surround sound, all from one cable.
  • Includes two free games: Get your game started with two award-winning blockbusters! Experience the explosive sci-fi action of Halo® 3 and the intriguing medieval adventure of Fable® II.
  • Free Netflix trial: See how easy it is to stream movies instantly to your console from Netflix, many in high definition.


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which just goes to show you that Microsoft and Sony know that the mainstream doesn't care about HD, and the people that do are willing to shell out lots of extra $ just to get it.




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I'll just pick them up separately. They aren't that expensive.



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Think about how much money they will save..

Saw some HDMI cables at the DollarGeneral store near my house for $0.99... lol



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pick up one with that $100 you saved



Meh I don't even use my free component cable and I would have no use for HDMI either.
Yet I'm still playing in HD



Anyone who spends $100 on an HDMI cable should just give throw their money in the trash first.



Got to cut something, if you're offering the old SKU for a lower price, and haven't made any serious advancements in hardware.

Maybe MS found people didn't like HDTV, and are, in fact, giving them what they want. You didn't get composite cables with your Elite, as you said... think of all the poor Elite buyers who were mad, because they had to run out and buy some for their old 480i SD TV. ;)

Less is the new more, if you hadn't heard.



 

CaptDS9E said:
Anyone who spends $100 on an HDMI cable should just give throw their money in the trash first.


lol, agreed



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