August 12th 2011 4:06 pm PT

The official word on the glossy Xbox 360

You may have heard last week that Microsoft is changing the outer finish of the Xbox 360 250GB consoles from a glossy black to a matte black finish, similar to the current Xbox 360 4GB model

Some of the news outlets that covered it mentioned having a choice between matte and glossy Xbox 360s this holiday.

I wanted to set the record straight and let everyone know that that is not the case. 

We are actively transitioning all our Xbox 360 S consoles to a matte finish.  The consoles will start to arrive in stores over the coming weeks, so if you really love the idea of a glossy console don’t wait much longer.

Of course, we still may offer a gloss finish on Limited Edition consoles like the upcoming Gears of War 3 Console, but if you have your eye on a glossy black console you don’t have much time left.


Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Dipesh Patel

    what is the point the glossy 1 is like the best and there taking it away i traded in my elite and got this one what is the point glossy one looks good there were 8 consoles sold in 1 day keep it major nelson please

  • Bruno Barreto


  • Mohamed Rikaz Mohamed Thaha

    one of the smartest and best transitions, I really like the gloss finish, however after couple months of use I hate to see the finger prints on it,

  • Alberto Rodríguez

    I bought the 4GB version and the HDD separately just for the matte finish ^^

    The glossy finish is so tacky with those silver plated borders.

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