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A new article on Spong includes a close-up, incomplete photo of what it claims is the final hardware casing design for the next Xbox system, widely believed to be dubbed "Xbox 360". The photo is attributed to the rather cryptic yet slightly compelling Our Colony Web site, the compelling nature of which is due to the fact that like I Love Bees before it, the site appears to be Microsoft's own viral marketing tool, through which it can tease gamers with intentional information and image leaks to build up interest leading up to the launch of a new product, for which we will then be primed to part with our money. If that sounds to you a bit like solicitation of prostitution, rest assured that the new Xbox will almost certainly not be able to give you a disease (unless it contains materials that are "known to the State of California" to cause cancer or something like that).
Spong describes the shown color as "silver", although it looks more like dark gray with a silver strip on the top to me. From what I can see, the casing in the photo could just as likely be that of an alarm clock or perhaps a new design for a toaster as that of a new video game console, but we should know what is what (or perhaps what isn't what) when Microsoft unveils its next Xbox in just a few weeks.
I cannot help but wonder if the multiple Xbox designs or customization possibilities that have been mentioned recently on various Web sites might include color options. Rather than Microsoft offering black, gray, silver, white, bright green, bright orange, or whatever other color to everyone, perhaps it will offer everyone the opportunity to choose from two or more colors, either with stock systems or add-ons, not unlike mobile telephone faceplate options.
Update: According to an article on Engadget, a "trusted source" has confirmed that the purported Xbox hardware photo from Our Colony is indeed that of the next Xbox console, shown with its hard drive attached, which would seem to confirm that a hard drive will not necessarily be included with every unit.
Posted by Brian Sexton at 8:46:03am on Friday, April 22nd, 2005 (PDT)