Expected to happen sooner than later. All i've been hearing about and seeing my friends online and offline play with, is either Arcade or Pro versions of Microsoft's very unreliable console of death. Most shops i know, have stopped selling Elites months ago. No point in having the Elite in stock when it doesn't sell nor is it requested. Why would anyone bother with the Elite when the Pro is enough and then you can easily swap the 20GB or 60GB with a bigger hard drive. It's just a couple of screws and replacing the hard drive inside the hard disk enclosure, with a standard 2.5 inch laptop hard drive of your choice. Make that 320Gb for me
To make up my argument, the Elite (uselessly) comes with:
1. black colored hardware - so what if it's not?
2. bigger hard drive - 120GB? The PS3's higher end version comes with 160GB. Microsoft should have at least followed suite and upgraded. And what's the big deal with 120GB or 160GB - nowadays it's only imaginable for any respectful gamer and/or media enthusiast to own at least one hard drive of 500GB or some Terabytes or multiple hard drives.
3. Black headset- couldn't care less about the black color. It could be MS's way of propaganda for all i know. Headset? Get one cheaper at $10 or less. Plus, MS's headset is wired, so it's really nothing to wonder about.
4. HDMI cable - again, this whole bundle is over-priced, as you can get the exact same image quality with a much much cheaper HDMI cable. I know. I bought one separately and tested it. The $10 HDMI cable performed exactly the same as the cliched original accessory.
So... whoever bought the Elite, you've been scammed and i'm sure until now, you've been proud of it
IMPORTANT: NO, NO, NO - The Elite still gives RRoD and it doesn't perform any better than the other Arcade or Pro versions. Only thing to look out for is the chipset. Get the Jasper and hope for the best. Jaspers can be found more easily in Arcade versions. No mention of Jaspers in Elites, yet. Now there will be none at all, as MS is discontinuing its failed marketing strategy.