Update 06/2010 – The chart has been updated to include the “New XBOX 360″ which we’ll call the “XBOX 360 Slim” even if Microsoft doesn’t.
Much like the Playstation 3, the XBOX 360 has seen its fair share of model revisions over the years. Although it’s been around longer, we didn’t see the first model change until April 2007, when the Elite Edition was introduced. After that, it gets a bit more confusing. They changed the name of the Premium to Pro somewhere along the way, but we’re not quite sure when. It may have been when the 20GB was switched to 60GB, and the price dropped. For a short time (about a month) both the 20GB and 60GB models were available in stores for a short time. Also, the Core Edition was upgraded a bit to include a memory unit, a wireless controller, and a headset when it became the Arcade Edition.
Price drops have occurred about four times now, bringing the price of the current top-end model to $299 (and the low end model is available now for just $149 which is absurd). Also, several revisions have been made to the hardware, including motherboard, CPU, and GPU sizes. This significantly impacts noise level, power consumption, and reliability. We’ll include a separate chart showing the different hardware revisions.
|Core||Pro/Premium 20GB||Elite||Arcade||Premium 60GB||"Slim"|
|Release Date||11/ 2005||11/ 2005||05/2007||10/2007||08/2008||06/2010|
|Colour/Trim (NA Market)||Matte white/Matte white disc drive||Matte white/Chrome disc drive||Matte black/Chrome disc drive||Matte white/Matte white disc drive||Matte white/Chrome disc drive||Gloss black/Gloss black disc drive|
|Storage||None||20 GB HDD||120 GB HDD|
250 GB HDD1
|256 MB Memory Unit2|
256 MB Onboard3
512 MB Onboard4
|60 GB HDD||250 GB HDD|
|Video Cables||Composite||Hybrid||HDMI, Hybrid5|
|WiFi||No||802.11N (2.4 GHz)|
2 Memory unit was discontinued after 12/2008 and replaced with:
3 256 MB onboard memory, which lasted until 11/2009
4 512 MB onboard was used when the Jasper motherboard was introduced
5 HDMI and Hybrid cables were removed from the Elite bundle in 09/2009
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As of right now, the only XBOX 360 model being manufactured is the Slim. It replaces the Elite (which we used to call the Retard Edition, back when it was almost $500 and had almost nothing to show for it). Unlike Sony, who tends to strip features with each revision, Microsoft have actually (finally) added integrated WiFi support to the New 360 (FINALLY!). Better yet, it’s an 802.11N version, which will allow it to easily stream full HD video.
The 360 Slim also features brand new Valhalla revision hardware, with a 45nm CPU and GPU. This will bring power consumption to a whole new low, and by most reports coming from E3, it is extremely quiet. Aside from that, most of the differences are aesthetic – it’s smaller, shinier, etc. There’s still no HDMI cable, and nothing more than 3 month XBLA Gold subscription.
My advice right now is to run out and buy an Arcade version for $150 right now if you don’t have a 360 yet. That is a killer deal, and when they re-introduce the Arcade, it is not going to be that cheap for quite a while.
Here is the hardware chart, so you can sort out the differences between hardware revisions. The best way to tell which one you have is to look at the power supply. If you have an Arcade version, the size of the integrated memory should tell you as well.
|Codename||CPU||GPU||Power Supply||HDMI||Introduced||Manuf. after 06/2010|
|Valhalla||45nm (single chip)||135W||06/2010||Yes|