"Yes, we are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another choice in Xbox 360 owners' games and entertainment experience," a Microsoft rep told Shacknews in an statement. "Retailers are gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the channel to meet demand."
HDMI allows for higher audio and visual fidelity when connected to HD-enabled TVs, delivering up to 1080p resolution. This is great news to new Xbox buyers who will get better features, at a cheaper price. Microsoft says they haven't announced plans to add HDMI to the $280 Core system, and declined to comment on the claims that these new systems would also feature cooler 65 nanometer CPUs.
Now, at $449, the 120GB hard drive (and a black chassis) is the only thing that sets the Elite apart from the Premium and limited-edition Halo 3 variations of the Xbox 360 console.