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A black 360 on the way?

What better way to get the whole internet going wild than a good old rumour? Well, here’s a great rumour for you: is the 360 going to be released in black? GameSpot seem to think so.

Yes, that link doesn’t link to anything I’m writing about. But if you refresh the page enough times and keep looking in the advertisement part of the page, eventually an image from BestBuy is displayed, showing the mighty 360 in a cool-looking black.

A simple mistake in colouring (somehow)? Or a slip that Microsoft weren’t quite ready to announce yet? Well there is nothing over at, which for some reason, when searching for “XBOX 360 black” produces Splinter Cell. So it could well be a simple mistake. However, how could anyone make such a mistake? There are millions of pictures of the system on the net, and to “accidentally” colour it black with no-one realising is just ridiculous. It would be a good time to release the new colour too, since in the run up to Christmas, this would make a great present for anyone with nice black furnishings (ehm, me).

So, what do you all reckon? Could a black 360 be coming to a retail shop near you? Who knows, but my one question remains: how could anyone accidentally colour the 360 black? Leave your thoughts as always in the comments section!

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Comment by newmodel on 2006-09-23 02:30:17 | Reply

I’d like to have a black 360 with a green halo3 emblem on it. Also, someone needs to do a retro mod and put a 360 in an original xbox. Then send it to my house. Thx.

Comment by DSK UK on 2006-09-23 10:21:44 | Reply

May I ask..why would you want a 360 in a original Xbox??? - Do you like having big ugly consoles. I have one, and for years i’ve been saying “It’s not that bad”….but now i know it is

Comment by J1980 on 2006-09-23 02:36:29 | Reply

The picture colours looked inverted or tinted. If you notice, the infra red wireless receiver above the mem card slots is white. On any colour console this part would still be black

Comment by Number13 on 2006-09-23 10:11:17 | Reply

Very well spotted, dude. I agree with you.

For what it’s worth, I’ve got a black 360 via the ‘wonder’ of a vinyl skinning kit, because I *hate* white electronics.

Comment by VALKYREMISSILE on 2006-09-23 02:38:06 | Reply

black looks sweet,but for some reason i like the original white color……even tho it doesnt match a think in my black entertainment system

Comment by crimsonfirebrand on 2006-09-23 02:51:19 | Reply

hre’s a crazy idea, maybe they are advertising video games in general and didnt want to show favorites with the common systems, so they just gave a hot item a painted it a different color. Notice there is no sign of get in the game with xbox, and the picture doesnt even have anything remotely close to xbox on the system. It’s just best buy advertising gaming. Thats just my crazy idea though

Comment by cinDeR on 2006-09-23 16:56:58 | Reply

Well, the ad itself cycles through a couple different pictures including a PSP with speakers, a slim PS2, and a 360 controller (regular white). So it’s a general gaming ad but they weren’t being generic with the pictures.

Comment by Nelson on 2006-09-23 03:10:05 | Reply

To really piss me off, Microsoft would release a black xbox 360 with a built in hd-dvd drive, wifi, and bundled with a 60 gig hard-drive. what would said package be called? The Playstation 3 fightin-bundle.

it’d be 600 bucks.

Comment by J1980 on 2006-09-23 03:21:03 | Reply

lol or PSXbox 360

Comment by DSK UK on 2006-09-23 10:23:46 | Reply

or even PS360 - think that would sound better. Although this is prob the name for the PS3 - 360 combo

Comment by Malik on 2006-09-23 03:38:00 | Reply
Comment by narsil on 2006-09-23 09:10:01 | Reply

in slovenian HAHA. im slovenian 2 :D

Comment by halojames on 2006-09-23 03:53:33 | Reply

the one they are making with DIRECTV

Comment by Malik on 2006-09-23 07:02:06 | Reply

that’s suppossed to be a blade added on at a future dashboard update

Comment by coojo on 2006-09-23 03:55:26 | Reply

just buy black case mod it cheaper

Comment by Colby on 2006-09-23 04:23:02 | Reply

Yes but that also voids your warranty and they wont even let you pay them to repair it. But a black Xbox 360 would be awesome!!! Too bad I already got a 360 :’(.

Looks like a debug box…

Comment by undeadkid on 2006-09-23 08:25:33 | Reply

they had a special PGR3 black xbox out before, not sure how to order it, but I remember seeing a pic of it in a mag.

Comment by smileydave on 2006-09-23 08:30:58 | Reply

there a link to a pic of pgr3 special black version when they ran the competition a while ago

Comment by undeadkid on 2006-09-23 12:13:14 | Reply

Thats it..

Would love to get my greedy little hands on that model

Already got a black one. ;)

If anyone has seen the new Toshiba product catalogue there is a black console on one of the pages talking about HD and it looks a lot like a black 360 :D

Comment by Genesis20 on 2006-09-23 13:34:09 | Reply

I’m sure someone posted this already but the black 360 is the one comin out sometime next year…it will have a new blade for direct tv, built in hd-dvd and a 60 gig hardrive

Comment by Sean on 2006-09-23 13:44:40 | Reply

That person was joking… O_O

Comment by luis on 2006-09-23 14:22:49 | Reply

its inverted, 100% guarantee. i work with photo retouching, and its clear to me but anyone can see its inverted. just a stupid idea from the bestbuy head office

Infact, if you do Invert the colours, it does look pretty much normal.

If they launch a black 360 with a bigger harddrive, i’m gonna buy one. They should have launced the 360 in black and white.

Comment by Nipahc on 2006-09-23 16:19:47 | Reply

OXM confirmed that is is coming, check out last weeks OXM podcast.

Included HDDVD drive and 15GB HD so I heard. I would rather have a black one!

Comment by cinDeR on 2006-09-23 16:59:43 | Reply

15GB? Why would it have a smaller hard drive?

Comment by Paul on 2006-09-23 17:34:44 | Reply

that black xbox has been inverted

Comment by LinkinPrime on 2006-09-23 23:04:23 | Reply

A while back either in EGM or OXM in the rumor section they mentioned that a black X360 with DirectTv and a bigger HDD was in the works. This could be it. I dont think its inverted, why does the HDD look normal color?

admin-edit: please don’t comment unless you can control your caps lock key and provide a tad more adult insights

Comment by Kami on 2006-09-24 07:27:58 | Reply

it looks painted. looks good tho.

Comment by coojo on 2006-09-24 19:51:53 | Reply

hell i just paint it black fo free :)

Comment by snoop dog on 2006-09-24 19:53:54 | Reply

:) :D :D :D :D :D :D:D:D:D:D:D

Black Xboxs do exist. Magazines have them, some websites have them and free journalists have them but they are for journalist only since they only play unsigned code. They don’t play retail games, just preview code hence how magazines can review games before they have been checked by Microsoft.

I’ve used them in the past both for interviews and for producing content and its no big deal, I don’t have one myself though so don’t ask. To be honest, once you’ve seen it in the flesh it’s nothing special and while i’ll agree with some of the posters above that I prefer black electronics to white or silver ones, you realise that Microsoft made the right decision with releasing it white only.

Comment by kineticonline on 2006-09-25 14:26:09 | Reply

I’ve uploaded an image of a 360 from with the image inverted beside it.

Comment by mj on 2006-09-26 10:09:00 | Reply

Ben Furfie those test kits are dark grey not black. You can get whites ones too.

Comment by benny on 2007-03-01 17:53:06 | Reply

ahem…there IS going to be an xbox 360, black. it will be black. comes standard with 120 gigabyte hard drive, and i think the hd drive allready installed. it will retail for $599.99, and released into stores around april.
micro-boring is releasing it to compete with the rising dominance of the ps3. making every one that worked for microsoft, and was braggin on thier lower prices, look like a totall lying jerk. so you pay the same ammount of money, for the same functionality, only xbox charges to play on-line, and all the games suck really bad.
so have fun with that.

Comment by Hmmm on 2007-03-01 18:41:48 | Reply


Comment by chromesheep on 2007-03-22 15:20:16 | Reply

wont you just be able to buy the new hard drive for the original consol?????

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