Last November, Mircosoft released a new addition to its Xbox 360 console line: the "Super Elite Bundle"
Bundled with either racing game Forza Motorsport 3 or military shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Super Elite Bundle includes a black "Elite" Xbox 360 console as well as a detachable 250GB hard disk drive.
Kotaku AU Note: In Australia, we only got the Modern Warfare 2 bundle.
The regular Elite is packed with a 120GB HDD.
As several tipsters have pointed out, acquiring a new 120GB HDD is no easy feat. While the hard disk drive is readily available direct via Xbox.com for US$149.99, the HDD is harder to come by elsewhere.
Retailer GameStop is not selling the 120GB HDD online — that does not mean it still cannot be purchased in GameStop's bricks-and-mortar retail locations. Stand alone 120GB Elite consoles are also currently not available online.
Online, Best Buy has listings only for Elite holiday bundles and no stand alone consoles.
It is possible, however, to purchase the 120GB through Amazon.com's network of sellers.
Likely scenario: Microsoft is selling through the holiday Elite bundles before unveiling a 250GB Super Elite stand alone console, hence the scarcity of 120GB HDD and stand alone Elites. Though unconfirmed, the 250GB Xbox 360 stand alone could be sold at same price as the 120GB Elite.
Kotaku has reached out to Microsoft for comment.
Kotaku AU Note: Has anyone noticed a similar shortage locally? And can any retail staff out there let us know if Microsoft are shipping new stock of the 120GB Elite or 120GB hard drive?