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.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=761838071 Peter Tilbrook

    Matt sucks. Glossy rocks. Even my Kinect unit is glossy.

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  • ElektroDragon

    This is pretty terrible.  The glossy 360s are so much nicer.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/jeverage Quality Jeverage

    Augh, not a fan of this. I usually prefer Matte, but the Glossy finish looks really good on the current 360.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000311711969 Christopher Lloyd

    Love the look my glossy 360 has, but up close I hate how easily scratched up it is. Glad they replaced the shell on it with a brand new one when they repaired my 360’s disc drive.

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  • Clay Henderson

    WTF!!!!!!! seriously why change from something as sexy as gloss black to matte. Playstation did it and now their console looks cheap and shitty. Who the f*k are these people that think that stupid shit like this would be a good idea

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    • http://helldescent.com/ Cj

      Is it REALLY that serious?

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      • Clay Henderson

        yes

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  • Anonymous

    Glossy = Gay

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    • paul_szafranski

      Stay classy slryu.

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      • http://helldescent.com/ Cj

        It saddens me an idiot like that got three likes for his comment, but you get none.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damien-Walsh/697425579 Damien Walsh

    The glossy one looks better… until you move it. You touch it, move it, breathe on it, and it gets scratched up. I wish I could trade mine for a matte console.

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    • Clay Henderson

      who touches their console that much and for what reason

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    • http://twitter.com/NinjaCombo Ninja Combo

      mine gets scratched when i lick on it too

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674106424 Devon Edwards

    Here’s my official word: “No one cares.” While you guys fart around with decoration schemes, the competition is buying up studios and building their library of core gaming titles. It would be hysterical if it wasn’t so sad; Microsoft’s one and only ‘real’ studio walks out the door (Bungie) and everyone left decides that changing the ‘wallpaper’ is more important that shoring up the crumbling foundation. Am I worried? Yes.

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    • paul_szafranski

      Is it annoying when people answer their own questions? Yes.  Does anybody care what Devon Edwards’ “official word” is? No.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674106424 Devon Edwards

        I take it you think Xbox 360 is just hunky-dory then, do ya?  Here’s a newsflash for ya, szafranski – I’m a paying customer just like anyone else.  The biggest development for 360 in the last 2 months is ‘virtual wardrobe.’ – does that make you happy? (I bet it does)  Maybe you don’t care about me having an opinion, but you’re doing yourself and all other 360 owners a disservice by ignoring it.  Know what I find annoying?  People who are quite happy to attack others for actually standing their ground yet they don’t have anything relevant or intelligent to say themselves. Have fun trying on ladies lingerie with your new and cool Kinect feature!

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why console developers at some point always switch from glossy to matte finish. 
    The PS3 also reverted itself back to a matte finish. Is this cheaper or what?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1328724560 Rodney Scoggins

    Does it make the console faster? No? Then build a new one. No one wants 5 year old crap!

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ItsNymo Nymo

    Never was a fan of glossy. Gathers a ton of dust easily.
    so, will that also mean that the Kinect sensors will also eventually sport a matte finish as well soon? 

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  • http://twitter.com/SamboTaylor Sam Taylor

    I have a glossy one, however after seeing the matt black one I think it looks much better.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/barefootboyz Don Barefoot

    I could care less just give us some info on when Kinect Fun Labs will be fixed since we have not heard a thing from you Major on this.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/barefootboyz Don Barefoot

    I could care less just give us some info on when Kinect Fun Labs will be fixed since we have not heard a thing from you Major on this.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/hyghwayman Donald F Benson

    Reach 360 rocks

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  • theConstruct

    Awesome! I LOATH high gloss plastics. I did not purchase a 360 until there was a matte black option. And as you would imaging it has been a very expensive year. But I have had a TON of fun catching up. Now I can get one and not have to deal with the built-in MU.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stuntz0rZ Scott Zmolek

    is the switch cheaper to manufacture? was never a fan of a high glossy shells but i really like the fact it matches my glossy samsung tv. matches my setup much better than my old 360

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  • DJ Mantis

    The glossy finish is a magnet for finger prints, so I think this is a good move.

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  • http://twitter.com/NinjaCombo Ninja Combo

    oh god have mercy on us! its the end of the world… why, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING!?

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  • Björn Johansson

    The PS3 chose the piano black first and then realised how stupid it was and made the slim matte. You did the opposite. Maybe I should have bought my 250GB slim now instead, I really prefer the matte black compared to the horrible piano black. At least you stopped making them and fessed up to your mistake.

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  • http://twitter.com/Thorpe Luke

    I used to crave glossy but now I do like my matte finish.

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  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    I wish my original 360 hadn’t broken down so soon, I hate the glossy finish. Dust magnet.

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  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    I wish my original 360 hadn’t broken down so soon, I hate the glossy finish. Dust magnet.

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  • http://twitter.com/magnetoelectric Edward Davis

    Just by the way its written you can tell Larry prefers the glossy. FYI if you cant afford the new Star Wars bundle , you can tell everyone the glossy is the Darth Vader Edition😛  Lies are inexpensive

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  • http://twitter.com/magnetoelectric Edward Davis

    Just by the way its written you can tell Larry prefers the glossy. FYI if you cant afford the new Star Wars bundle , you can tell everyone the glossy is the Darth Vader Edition😛  Lies are inexpensive

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      What makes you say that? 

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      What makes you say that? 

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674106424 Devon Edwards

        Does it matter?

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