Next generation Xbox development kit with Blu-ray drive sold on eBay

In July, a person who claimed to have a hardware SDK for Microsoft's next version of its Xbox game console posted up pictures of that product and also tried to sell the SDK (he later claimed that selling off the SDK was a prank for the administrator of the forum where he posted the images of the SDK).

Now someone else has posted up what he claims is an image of the next Xbox's SDK (with the code name Durango) and is selling that product on eBay. The person is going by the handle "superdae" on his eBay page, which matches the name of a person who earlier this week posted an image of what he claims is what the next version of Kinect looks like running on the Durango SDK.

So is this the real deal, and if so why would a person openly try to sell a hardware SDK for a game console that technically doesn't officially exist, at least according to Microsoft? It's possible that all of this activity is just one big fake out by "superdae" to get attention. However, it's certainly a very public stunt and will almost certainly come under the scrutiny of Microsoft.

Update: Would you believe it? The auction sold! Unfortunately, we can't see the lucky bidders name, but the device sold for US $20,100. Maybe we'll hear more soon, or maybe someone at Sony picked it up.

Via: Kotaku
Source: eBay | Image via eBay

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drazgoosh said,
Do all Dev kits for consoles just look like desktop PCs?

If you believe the rumors then it's just a gloried Windows 8 PC so yes.

drazgoosh said,
Do all Dev kits for consoles just look like desktop PCs?
Most dev consoles are housed in PCs. The original XBox console was stored inside of a Mac Tower. The Gamecube (codename dolphin) was housed inside a PC too.

drazgoosh said,
Do all Dev kits for consoles just look like desktop PCs?

Development kits need access to peripherals that are not available on the standard console and with the hardware being in the prototype stages it makes sense to use off the shelf components, not to mention the console's case design probably hasn't even been done yet.

Hello,

The chassis looks like a semi-custom SuperMicro mid-tower case (SC730-series), which makes me wonder if it has a SuperMicro workstation motherboard inside.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Ci7 said,
blu-ray FTW!

Ha, NO! For a medium that still has only about 20% market share in the developed world and far less in the rest of the world, it will never be the true successor to DVD, like DVD was to VHS. I'm sure the next Xbox will have it because MS wants a device that does everything.

Thief000 said,

Ha, NO! For a medium that still has only about 20% market share in the developed world and far less in the rest of the world, it will never be the true successor to DVD, like DVD was to VHS. I'm sure the next Xbox will have it because MS wants a device that does everything.

I'd always imagined Blu-Ray would be faring much better if it were simply called HD DVD. People know what to expect from that name, it's self explanatory ! High Definition DVD's, and they'll know if they want it too. Blu-Ray on the other the hand..? Most ordinary people I ask right now still aren't sure what it is exactly.

~Johnny said,

I'd always imagined Blu-Ray would be faring much better if it were simply called HD DVD. People know what to expect from that name, it's self explanatory ! High Definition DVD's, and they'll know if they want it too. Blu-Ray on the other the hand..? Most ordinary people I ask right now still aren't sure what it is exactly.

No one knew what a DVD was when they came out but it didn't take long to learn. I think the major problem with Blu-Ray adoption is the lack of HD TVs in the home at the time it was released and that people are already satisfied with the quality of the widespread DVD format. They don't feel it is worth paying more money to replace their collections and buy new equipment.

Thief000 said,

Ha, NO! For a medium that still has only about 20% market share in the developed world and far less in the rest of the world, it will never be the true successor to DVD, like DVD was to VHS. I'm sure the next Xbox will have it because MS wants a device that does everything.

It'd be there for blu-ray and backwards compatibility. It's just covering bases. If I have a blu-ray disc and a new xbox, I'm in luck. I don't have any but I might be incline to buy them if I had a player.

ahhell said,
The final retail next gen Xbox is NOT going to have a Bluray drive in it.

& you know this... how? I mean, yeah, Blu-Ray's made by Sony, but you can't still know anything for sure...

ahhell said,
The final retail next gen Xbox is NOT going to have a Bluray drive in it.

What's it going to have, an HD-DVD drive? Physical media isn't dead and isn't going away for a very long time. Of course it's going to have a Blu-Ray drive, they aren't stupid. They have to sell games on something and people will want to use it for watching movies.

Also I know this has been covered many times but Sony doesn't make Blu-Ray nor do they own it, they are just one of the many contributing companies that are part of the BDA.

Edited by Bonfire, Aug 13 2012, 2:58am :

MASTER260 said,

& you know this... how? I mean, yeah, Blu-Ray's made by Sony, but you can't still know anything for sure...

MS is not going to pay the ridiculous licensing fees for Bluray. They will either create their own proprietary disk format, use some type of flash drives, or go strictly digital.

ahhell said,

MS is not going to pay the ridiculous licensing fees for Bluray. They will either create their own proprietary disk format, use some type of flash drives, or go strictly digital.

Proprietary isn't going to happen - Microsoft doesn't want to start a new Blu-Ray vs [name] again. Flash drives - with support for file saves on the drive itself - would be great and I've always said they should go that route but the cost per piece is still too high when compared with discs. Digital downloads only aren't going to happen due to the increased data cap restrictions being forced by the ISPs. Couple that with the speeds the average, non-FIOS, non-Cable users have and you've essentially removed digital only from the playing field. There's just no way Microsoft is going to offer 50Gb games via digital only. This would cut off the vast majority of their user-base.

Physical media, at least in the foreseeable future, is the only way to go.

ahhell said,

MS is not going to pay the ridiculous licensing fees for Bluray. They will either create their own proprietary disk format, use some type of flash drives, or go strictly digital.

What makes you think licensing fees on Blu-ray drives are ridiculous?

Separate the disc format from the ability to play Blu-ray movies. The former is so cheap Nintendo is willing to do it with the WiiU, and the latter is cheap enough that there's no point in NOT paying the license fee.

The only reason Microsoft didn't bother with the Blu-ray drive with the Xbox 360 had nothing to do with the fact that Sony was part of the Blu-ray Disc Association, but Blu-ray drives cost $125 in 2006 and weren't even available in 2005 (making them far more expensive).

Considering the position Microsoft wants to place the next Xbox, at least one model will have a Blu-ray drive (not necessarily all of them though, as I'm sure pure digital distribution is possible in some homes).

ahhell said,
The final retail next gen Xbox is NOT going to have a Bluray drive in it.

Licensing fee's on Blu-Ray drives and format are at most a dollar or few. They have to pay a licensing fee for DVD at the moment anyway, what's wrong with a license fee for Blu-Ray? And the fact they're positioning the Xbox as a multimedia entertainment hub in front of the TV, the lack of Blu-Ray support would be down right daft.

Hmm I wonder if it is real then I'm wondering if it was from Big Huge Games that acquisition by 38 Studios which is now DOA after all look at where the seller is at Wilmington, Delaware

SHS said,
Hmm I wonder if it is real then I'm wondering if it was from Big Huge Games that acquisition by 38 Studios which is now DOA after all look at where the seller is at Wilmington, Delaware

I think you're on to something

P1R4T3 said,
or wait a year and pay it 10 times less...unless its sony,they might wanna check under the hood.

Nah, Apple will buy it so they can patent it

/runs

PalletTown said,
I think I'll just wait till it retails and see what the specs/OS/whatever else people get hard about, are then.
Rather than?

PmRd said,
Why would a registered developer sell his development machine. This is bull****
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Someone could have acquired it using some less than legal means and has now posted it.

dogmai79 said,
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Someone could have acquired it using some less than legal means and has now posted it.

So either he is violating NDA or he's a thief. One thing for sure is he's ****ing stupid

PmRd said,

So either he is violating NDA or he's a thief. One thing for sure is he's ****ing stupid

Yeah if this is real and not a hoax I'm sure law enforcement is already involved.

I don't think he expects to sell it, he is playing a game.

If Microsoft gets the auction pulled then its a confirmation of the Durango dev kit and an indication of the specs of the new console.

TheLegendOfMart said,
If Microsoft gets the auction pulled then its a confirmation of the Durango dev kit and an indication of the specs of the new console.

Shame there's no real specs mentioned whatsoever in the eBay listing; just says dedicated graphics and an Intel processor.

TheLegendOfMart said,
I don't think he expects to sell it, he is playing a game.

If Microsoft gets the auction pulled then its a confirmation of the Durango dev kit and an indication of the specs of the new console.

Or rather they bid the highest amount, then have the feds pull the guy.