Someone's Trying To Sell An "XBOX Durango Development Kit" On EBay

An eBay seller is attempting to offload what they're calling a "Microsoft XBOX Durango Development Kit". At time of posting, a bid of $US421 will get you out front with a chance to buy it.

Interestingly, the seller's name is "superdae", which matches the handle of the person who, last week, was claiming to have images of what they said was "Durango Kinect"; namely, a snapshot of development tools for Kinect's successor, rumoured to be included with the next Xbox console (itself code-named Durango).

There's every reason to be sceptical of the auction. It contains only a single image, of a nondescript black PC tower, and has almost no information on what's actually inside the box. And just because this guy posts a second Durango item on the internet doesn't mean the first one was the real deal. What's to say it's not a scam, and any buyer would simply be receiving a standard PC?

Then again, it's almost certainly the same guy, seeing as the same Twitter account that posted the "Durango Kinect" image is also promoting this auction. And the reason for the lack of information could well be to cover their ass; these things are Microsoft property, and you can bet the hammer would come down on anyone caught trying to sell one to the public, especially before the console has even been officially revealed. The less information out there, the better for the seller.

There's also the fact that eBay take fraudulent sales pretty seriously; if a buyer doesn't get what they paid for, then the transaction can be torn down, meaning the seller doesn't get a cent.

"Superdae" is policing the bids, saying "I only expect people who know what it is to buy it. Otherwise you have no reason to bid". Bids of over $US10,000 have already been turned down by the seller.

While it'll be fun seeing just how much money somebody is willing to gamble on this being an actual development kit for an unreleased console, it'll be just as interesting seeing what action Microsoft takes in response. We've contacted the platform holder, and will update if we hear back.

Microsoft XBOX Durango Development Kit [eBay, via NeoGAF]


Comments

    I'm 100% certain this is legit. anyone who spends any time on any dev site would have at least heard of superdae. id love to know some of his mates, the amount of stuff this guy has access to is insane.

      Uh huh...

        Just because then use his name doesn't mean it's him.

          It is him, his other account is promoting the sale.

          But I doubt he actually has a dev kit. Really looks like a scammity scam to me.

            ive seen some of the stuff hes had access to in the past, this wouldnt suprise me...

          indeed i agree however if hes promoting the listing on his twitter, thats gotta mean something

            Microsoft is just going to bid on it with the power that only a multi-million dollar company can muster, and then sue him into non existence when they get it returned. Bill must be licking his lips right now thinking about it.

              Bill isn't controlling Microsoft anynore dumbass. He's only working part time there.

    Not sure how legit the bids are.

      90% of the bids are probably from Sony.

        LOL So true ^_^

        also who would pay 15k for a devkit thats a bit much i mean i don't think people are gonna buy it and make games for it ? plus anyone who does buy it will most likey get in trouble from microsoft and they will take it off them.

          Unless it is stolen property, the buyer cannot get in trouble. You should try learning something.

    Since it isn't the final dev kit wouldn't they have to return it to MS to get the newer version? I doubt they are actually going to sell it and someone just wants to show its real and X3OX is coming

    This story is a week old.

    Looks like it sold for 20k.

    Damn.

      It's going to cost the seller a lot more than that when Microsoft lawyers get hold of him.

    Eh looks fake to me ebay always has some strange wierd shit.

    If it's legitimate, I don't see Microsoft allowing it to go ahead. Now, I don't know whether dev kits are "owned" by the developers, or if they're "leased", or something, but there's just no way Microsoft want one of these in the public domain.
    If it's fake I expect repercussions, if it's legitimate - repercussions. Good luck to the bidders.

    Fake .. Quick google search for Tower servers and found the image used in the add .. Acserva ATSX-3T5510 Tower Server made buy these guys http://www.visionman.com/ its on the second page of there Tower Server listings

    You all realize this is a dead ringer for an older dell power edge tower, circa 2004 or so, right?
    While that doesn't mean it's not legit, what do you think the chances are tha m$ said " let's build our new Dev kit dealie on 10 year old hardware. It'll be fine." ?

    You all realize this is a dead ringer for an older dell power edge tower, circa 2004 or so, right?
    While that doesn't mean it's not legit, what do you think the chances are tha m$ said " let's build our new Dev kit dealie on 10 year old hardware. It'll be fine." ?

    It's fake. What is shown in the picture is nothing more than a " SuperMicro SC745TQ-800 ", which is a normal server box.

    another durango box has gone up with start of $1 and with another 0 rep seller

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