Microsoft discontinues glossy Xbox 360, goes matte

By on August 15, 2011, 3:00 PM

Microsoft will be abandoning the glossy outer shell on select Xbox 360 consoles in favor of a black matte finish. The announcement was made official on the blog of Major Nelson, director of programming for Xbox Live. Microsoft’s gaming console is currently available in two flavors: a 250GB unit with a glossy finish and a 4GB model featuring a matte black surface.

Nelson used the opportunity to debunk a rumor that had been circulating leading up to the announcement. Microsoft will not continue to manufacture the glossy 360 alongside the new matte-finish system.

This doesn’t affect the development of special edition consoles, however. The limited edition Gears of War 3 console and the Star Wars console were cited as two examples of upcoming glossy console bundles.

The transition has already started and new consoles will be available in the coming weeks. If you have your heart set on a glossy system, now is the time to pull the trigger before they are permanently pulled from store shelves.

No official reason was given for the change, but one could speculate that it’s not cost-efficient to manufacture two different outer shells for what is otherwise an identical product. The hard drive capacity is the only difference between current 250GB and 4GB models.

Microsoft redesigned and announced a new Xbox 360 at E3 2010. The slim console uses a 45nm SoC called "Vejle" that crams a CPU and GPU onto one piece of silicon. It has 372m transistors, is 50% smaller and draws 60% less power than the original 360's 90nm CPU/GPU combo.




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Igneus the Bold said:

As if that could hide the limited and archaic hardware inside. I don't care how pretty the wrapping paper is if the present reeks.

lipe123 said:

Couldn't agree more, these dinosaurs are just hurting the gaming industry as a whole by forcing developers to code crappy 1996 graphics and then porting that dog.... to pc's.

Guest said:

Knowing M$oft ...It's just a matter of time before the entire Box is discontinued.

MilwaukeeMike said:

lipe123 said:

Couldn't agree more, these dinosaurs are just hurting the gaming industry as a whole by forcing developers to code crappy 1996 graphics and then porting that dog.... to pc's.

They're hurting PC gaming because the games have 1996 graphics? I didn't think those $500 video cards were running all available games at 200FPS yet.

Guest said:

Knowing M$oft ...It's just a matter of time before the entire Box is discontinued.

I know... I can't believe they stopped supporting Windows ME either...

Guest said:

It's dead in Japan. They removing what's left off the shelves. People only buying PS3's

pcnthuziast said:

Consoles are to gaming what Schlitz malt liqor is to alcoholic beverages.

Mindwraith said:

i believe you mean that in Japan people are only buying Wii's lol

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

lol. There is no better system to play Fifa 2012 on in the breaks between kicking ass on my PC in BF3.

Nothing wrong with consoles and as an owner of a 360 I am happy I don't have to upgrade for the forseeable. Plus I watch sky sports and movies on it and its quiet. Haters will always hate tho.

Igneus the Bold said:

I'll bite. I just can't help myself.

They're hurting PC gaming because the games have 1996 graphics? I didn't think those $500 video cards were running all available games at 200FPS yet.

As if the XBox 360 could achieve even half of that on any game either. Yeah, we know it runs smooth, that's because it is a close-ended, static system. In its stagnation it brings with it leagues of unwitting consumers, bound to its ancient and redundant tenets; and let us not forget the smorgasbord of developing companies which produce games specifically for it, which more than explains why those games are fairly stable.

lol. There is no better system to play Fifa 2012 on in the breaks between kicking *** on my PC in BF3.

Nothing wrong with consoles and as an owner of a 360 I am happy I don't have to upgrade for the forseeable. Plus I watch sky sports and movies on it and its quiet. Haters will always hate tho.

I like older consoles, but the XBox 360 is more of a fascist stage than a gaming platform. Microsoft rules that thing with an iron fist from Hell, effectively bullying any corporation that longs to get its product through the door and into the hands of gamers. I understand they own it, but they are so heavily restrictive that it does damage to the progress of the gaming community by forbidding it to move forward at a natural pace; And do NOT get me started on the Microsoft Point scam they are running. I've seen how they manipulate prices so as to leave spare room for their private investments with customers' money.

I understand the limited hardware, and I can see how it brings initial prices down, but the freedom of computer gaming is something worth having.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I was expecting a lot of pc elitism and I was not disappointed. Personally I like the matte finish, it fits in better with my AV gear.

parasit3 said:

how bout choose a glossy computer case of ur own to go with ur gaming PC

Guest said:

Never undrstood why they were glossy in the first place. Probably one of psychological marketing strategies that these pinheads thought of. BUY SHINY THINGS.

Emin3nce said:

Can they discontinue the ones that keep getting a red ring around the power button?

OH BOOM - SUCK IT BILL!

RH00D RH00D said:

I don't hate consoles. I just hate when developers that release PC games, don't take advantage of the PCs capabilities.

Example, DICE is taking full advantage of the PC with BF3 while still making Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Every platform is getting the best experience it can offer. That is what I like to see. I hate seeing a direct port of a console experience on my PC.

Igneus the Bold said:

I don't hate consoles. I just hate when developers that release PC games, don't take advantage of the PCs capabilities.

Example, DICE is taking full advantage of the PC with BF3 while still making Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Every platform is getting the best experience it can offer. That is what I like to see. I hate seeing a direct port of a console experience on my PC.

^THIS. You said it better than I could.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

RH00D said:

I don't hate consoles. I just hate when developers that release PC games, don't take advantage of the PCs capabilities.

Example, DICE is taking full advantage of the PC with BF3 while still making Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Every platform is getting the best experience it can offer. That is what I like to see. I hate seeing a direct port of a console experience on my PC.

+1

No excuse from the devs, Wish they could explain there actions to us if anything.

Guest said:

I have a 360 for almost 2 years and there are many times I seriously think of throwing it away.. it's annoying because there is almost zero support for it in my country. (But I get all the annoying emails from Microsoft to upgrade to gold and **** like that even if they don't let me upgrade. Also most of the services from the Xbox suffer from the same problem(not available for my country). So it's kind of useless in this case, and annoying when I get all those emails from Ms. All I can do is play games offline.. and adding that to old hardware it's boring.. there are few good games.. but the lack of support for it has manage to destroy even those games.

Guest said:

What a waste of two excellent games to run on older hardware at 720P only. If Microsoft was smart they would of released an XBOX1080 at the time Modern Warefare3 and BF3 were released to showcase the new support for 1080P games running 30+ fps. I love pc and consoles but hate the fact I can only run at 720P on my shiny new Sony Bravia 47". I dream of First Person Shooters at the 1080P glory. Why dont they sneak in a AMD chip on a XBOX360 ver2.0? hehe

example1013 said:

Guest said:

What a waste of two excellent games to run on older hardware at 720P only. If Microsoft was smart they would of released an XBOX1080 at the time Modern Warefare3 and BF3 were released to showcase the new support for 1080P games running 30+ fps. I love pc and consoles but hate the fact I can only run at 720P on my shiny new Sony Bravia 47". I dream of First Person Shooters at the 1080P glory. Why dont they sneak in a AMD chip on a XBOX360 ver2.0? hehe

Actually with both chips on the same die the new one already has an extra 40% power over the original. MS artificially bottlenecked it to "keep things even".

Personally I like the matte finish. Glossy finishes always always always end up covered in fingerprints and oils. No doubt a matte finish does as well, but you can't see it glistening like on a glossy finish. The PS3 slims switched from the glossy smooth top, and it looks a lot nicer. The big ones are always greasy-looking.

Guest said:

I have pc, PS3 and Xbox360. I personally love my PS3 more but most of my family own Xbox's due to the cheap price.

Why I like PS3.

Blu-Ray, DVD-upconvert to 1080P, Free online, Wireless

Great games: Uncharted 2, Killzone 3, Resistance 2, God of War 3, Infamous 2, SOCOM 4, Little Big Planet 2, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, and Valkyrie.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

hmmm I can hook my PC up to my TV and play games, why do I need a console?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hm, on gloss black, fingerprints show up as matte blotches. On matte black, fingerprints show up as shiny blotches.

So what, move on.

Eddo22 said:

Igneus the Bold said:

As if that could hide the limited and archaic hardware inside. I don't care how pretty the wrapping paper is if the present reeks.

Agreed. It's all about the $$. MS needs to discontinue the Xbox period and focos on PC gaming instead of being hypocritical liars.

Guest said:

Having just played through Alan Wake, I'll admit the Xbox 360 still has some use. I bought a Xbox 360 Slim for the sole purpose of playing Alan Wake. I wish I could have that game on the PC of course, but no such luck. Anyways, the graphics of Alan Wake impressed me somewhat, even with the poor resolution. I guess it's all in the game engine. I haven't seen a lot of games where the trees and grass move with the wind like in Alan Wake. Super Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 also looks very good on the Xbox 360. I have those games on Steam for the PC as well and, of course, they look even better on the PC. Transformers: War For Cybertron is one of those games that really looks bad on the Xbox 360. It looks a little bit better on PC with 1920x1080 resolution, but it won't let me use Anti-Aliasing. That really ticks me off, because I have a GTX 580 and that's just wasted on these types of console ports. Borderlands (one of the most fun games I've ever played) was a horrible port, but at least that could be fixed via .cfg files. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II on the other hand, is damaged goods! As much as I hate the consoles for retarding the PC gaming industry, there are still some games that make these consoles look good. Game developers seem to know what they're doing now. Compare the lighting effects of Silent Hill 5: Homecoming with Alan Wake and you'll see what I'm talking about. And also this stuff with real time enviroments (trees/grass/etc. moving in the wind). I guess this is what Microsoft is talking about when they say there's still some life left in the old consoles. I haven't actually seen L.A. Noir yet, other than youtube videos, but that's another good example of how graphics elements (the facial animations in that particular title) are still improving even on the consoles. Then again, all these games would look better in DX11 with 8xAA/16xAF without having frame rates drop below 60. And just one more thing about the Xbox 360. Arcade! I'm having a lot of fun playing these old Monkey Island and TMNT: Turtles In Time type games, remade with HD graphics. As sad as it is, I've probably spent more hours playing Peggle than I've played Transformers: War for Cybertron!

Igneus the Bold said:

And just one more thing about the Xbox 360. Arcade! I'm having a lot of fun playing these old Monkey Island and TMNT: Turtles In Time type games, remade with HD graphics. As sad as it is, I've probably spent more hours playing Peggle than I've played Transformers: War for Cybertron!

About that Arcade, most emulators available to the computer gamer cover everything, except of course Shining Force, and Mutant League Football. I cannot find them anywhere! Not that any of the "modern" consoles provide them either; They do not.

Guest said:

Genuine question here...Does it still sound like a vaccum cleaner because the one that sits under my tv collecting dust on the outside would do a self clean if i ever switched it on.

Oh and it was supposed to be one of the quiet, later versions but it's crazy loud and just annoyed the hell out of me when that disc spun up.

must admit though, i'm a pc gamer 99.9% of the time so cant tollerate chit that sounds like it's made in Hong Kong!

Guest said:

If the developers didn't try to make the aging hardware act all modern there wouldn't be a problem. I very much would prefer if they didn't focus so much on graphics but instead on level design and gameplay, pity that shiny screenshots seem more important.

There are a few pearls among all those corridor crawlers/shooters though so the situation isn't completely hopeless.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

Genuine question here...Does it still sound like a vaccum cleaner because the one that sits under my tv collecting dust on the outside would do a self clean if i ever switched it on.

Oh and it was supposed to be one of the quiet, later versions but it's crazy loud and just annoyed the hell out of me when that disc spun up.

must admit though, i'm a pc gamer 99.9% of the time so cant tollerate chit that sounds like it's made in Hong Kong!

I've got one of these and they are much quieter, install the game onto the hard drive and it is near silent.

Guest said:

If u have the newer version of the xbox it is only loud when u have a disc in it but if the game is installed its more silent.Also im worried about the tempature of my xbox slim because somtimes its around 90 degrees.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Oh and it was supposed to be one of the quiet, later versions but it's crazy loud and just annoyed the hell out of me when that disc spun up.

must admit though, i'm a pc gamer 99.9% of the time so cant tollerate chit that sounds like it's made in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is more of a tourist and financial center, probably more so than manufactured goods. You have to broaden your contempt to the rest of the Pacific Rim and China proper.

Incidentally, I think Hong Kong's chief export is martial arts "wire" movies.

Feel free to check these facts, I certainly didn't bother for the sake of this reply.

Guest said:

okay i bought thee 360 on day one and now like eight years or so later ive bought two more for my family but after my first on broke about eighteen times and counting i realised that it wasnt a bad system at all especially when microsoft made it way too easy to open it up and replace all the components to my liking and now i run just about any computer game i want on my xbox and as long as i download the xbox online format and pc graphics and such its just amazing. the only problem iv encountered is that the damned bastards at microsoft took my account and saw what i was doing and now i cant get achievements and i cant change my zone and all it says is cheater but oh well my shits amaazing

thelegened said:

How did this go from a topic about a new console shell to "Hey lets all hate microsoft and their shit box"? almost no one cares about PC games, who wants to sit in front of a monitor for hours on end playing with a mouse and keyboard? nobody! so get over it PC nerds because as long as there is console available, 90% of gamers will buy it.

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