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Microsoft quiet on black 360

Despite more details emerging.

Microsoft is remaining tight-lipped on rumours that a black Xbox 360 is in development, featuring a 120 GB hard drive and HDMI port.

"We're aware of the rumours circulating on the Internet regarding a new version of Xbox 360, but we have made no official announcements and do not comment on rumours or speculation," Microsoft told Eurogamer this afternoon.

The company was speaking in the aftermath of new information from US magazine Game Informer, whose April edition claims the hardware is real and will launch in late April for US$ 479.

US website Engadget backs up these claims, boasting that a Microsoft insider confirmed to the website that an "Xbox 360 Elite" would pave the way for a new Premium (white) version of the console later in the year.

It reckons around 200,000 of the limited edition units will be made, all featuring the bigger hard drive and HDMI port, as well as a matt black case, controller, headset, and a new quieter 65nm chip.

However, absent from all of these lists is a unit featuring an HD-DVD drive or Wi-Fi capabilities, something not outside the realms of possibility in the future.

Microsoft is sticking to its guns on this one though, as bigwigs continue to deny probing journalists a whiff of new hardware. But, with the speculated released date of the black 360 just around the corner, we expect things to come to a head rather soon.

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