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Rumour: 60GB Xbox360 to be unveiled at E3?
by Linford Butler

According to an intercepted email from Microsoft to top retailers Gamestop and Blockbuster, a new Xbox360 model could be on the horizon.

The email states that Microsoft is launching this new, larger model later this month, and also claims that the company plans to phase out the existing 20GB unit.The rumoured 60GB version may be Microsoft's answer to the many complaints about the 20GB model being too small and the 120GB version too big.

The email also says that a stand-alone 60GB hard drive for the console will replace the 20GB add-on HDD. The new hard drive is said to retail at around £50 ($99.99 for our US readers). The email also claims that the 120GB standalone hard drive will drop from $180 to $150. Below is a portion of the e-mail, published by Xbox Family.

"With the introduction of the 60GB Pro console in July, we have research that suggests it is very important to have a 60GB stand alone Hard Drive to go along with it to allow the consumer a full range of choices and values.

"In late October/early November (exact date TBD but most likely last week in October or first week in November), we will ship the Xbox 360 60GB Hard Drive, tentatively called the 'Xbox 360 60GB LIVE Starter Pack.' This will be an excellent value price at and ERP of $99.99 with an 18% retail margin."

Microsoft have currently not confirmed or denied the rumours - one representative for the company said that they had "nothing to announce at this time".

Microsoft's PR director of global platforms, Heather Snavely, came up with a slightly more imaginative response, stating:"We can't comment on rumours. What I can tell you is that our plans for E3 haven't changed. We've got a lot of exciting news that, unfortunately, you and everyone else will have to wait to hear next week. The truth is, rumours will always be a part of our industry - it's just one more sign of how eager gamers are to learn how we'll innovate next."

The rumour will be proven true or false at E3 this week.


- Linford Butler

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