Xbox 360 Elite lands next month

Just as predicted, Microsoft's pencilled-in 24 August for the European launch of its Elite Xbox 360, and the good news is that, along with Germany and

Just as predicted, Microsoft's pencilled-in 24 August for the European launch of its Elite Xbox 360, and the good news is that, along with Germany and France, the UK and Ireland is top of the list to receive the first boxes.The all-black machine gets a 120GB hard drive boost, DVD upscaling and the all crucial HDMI connection for 1080p loveliness.But that's not all. Also swimming the Atlantic will be Xbox Live's video downloads. Come this autumn we'll be downloading TV shows and films in lush HD direct to that roomy hard drive.Just one thing is missing: the cost, currently set at $480 (£240) in the US. The lack of price tag in the European announcement has fuelled speculation that Microsoft's about to announce a price slash across the board in line with the recent PS3 chop. No doubt it'll still cost more than the current dollars price when it does land here though.Essentials Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Price: £TBA ($480 in US) On sale: 24th Augut Contact: Microsoft Related stories: Guitar Hero III – Look, no wires Cut price PS3s heading Stateside Xbox 360 Elite UK bound?