Microsoft poised to bring green Xbox to retail

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Microsoft is to bring a brand new, green version of its Xbox hardware to market.

The unit will be a retail version of the translucent green debug hardware that specialist press, developers and publishers already have access to, but which has hitherto been denied to Joe Public.

The green console, which will also release with a special green version of Controller S, will be a welcome addition to the Xbox family.

The move is yet another step forward in Microsoft's tireless marketing push that has seen Xbox overtake and pull clear of GameCube in the UK in recent weeks.

For the week ending November 10, Xbox enjoyed a 46 percent rise in sales, shifting 15,102 units, compared with 6,839 GameCubes over the same period.

The new unit should only serve to bolster this trend, an initiative that has also proved popular with Nintendo's console, which has been released in a number of different colours. The Xbox redesign is purely cosmetic, with internal specs remaining the same as current retail units.

It's currently unclear when Microsoft plans to release the new hardware: the first quarter of 2003 is looking likely, although speculation regarding a pre-Christmas launch is growing.

News source: Computer and Video Games

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