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Microsoft to Phase Out Glossy Xbox 360 Slim

Got your eye on a glossy Xbox 360 Slim? It may be time to break out your wallet and buy one, because Microsoft is set to phase out the shiny look in favor of the matte finish sported by the entry-level 4GB model.

Glossy devices are a magnet for greasy smudges and fingerprints, and Microsoft doesn’t want your dirtying up its consoles with your filthy mitts. The company’s head of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb, confirmed that the company is currently in the process of “actively transitioning” all Xbox 360 Slim consoles to the matte finish.

The glossy consoles were first introduced when the Xbox 360 received a revamp last year — making it smaller and slimmer than the previous generation. While it may look all posh and fancy sat next to your home theatre system at first, go near it with naked palms and you’ll cover it with unsightly fingerprints that mean you spend more time polishing the thing than you actually spend playing it.

Hyrb revealed in a post on his own blog that gamers will not have the choice between a glossy and matte Xbox 360 console this holiday season and encouraged readers to grab them quick if they like the shiny look:

“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.”

However, Hyrb didn’t rule out glossy consoles in the future, and said they may return with special promotions:

“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.”

I purchased the matte Xbox 360 simply because I wanted the cheapest model, but I do believe the glossy console looks a lot nicer. Having said that, my PlayStation 3 suffers from greasy mark syndrome, and it is an ugly pain.

Will you be grabbing a glossy Xbox 360 before they’re all gone, or do you prefer the matte look anyway?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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