Microsoft Sending Xbox Live Veterans A Custom, Free Xbox 360?

A few hours ago, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb tweeted the following...

Sounded largely unexciting, but then we got an email from a reader around the same time with these images, of a console his friend just got in the mail, emblazoned with Xbox Live 10th birthday graphics.

In addition to a special box and colour scheme, there's a custom controller, "decade of entertainment" logo on the side of the console, as well as a cool little touch on the disc tray door, with a special "XBL10" plate.

We're told he didn't order it, didn't enter a competition and doesn't work in the games business. The only reason they can think of is that his 10-year anniversary of being an Xbox Live member just rolled around.

We've contacted Microsoft to see what's up with this, because boy, if everyone who's been on Xbox Live for 10 years is getting one of these, that's a pretty sweet deal, even if there won't be many around at the moment (the service only debuted in October 2002). I'll update if we hear back.



    Loving the orange bottom piece, make it all that colour and ill trade in my zombie 360 that's on its last legs

    While that's a nice gesture from Microsoft, I kinda find the design rather ugly.

      Yup, but free Xbox!

        Until you play online. Its not free if u need to pay just to play online.

          Be quiet troll

            doesn't make it any less true

              You pay for quality, PSN is no where near as good as Xbox Live. Stupid fanboys.

                I know you're being a rather obvious troll, but XBox Live hasn't really proven that paying for the service means it's better. It still suffers from the same hacks, outages, performance problems and other issues that other platforms provide. Or are you trying to be ironic with your "Stupid Fanboys" comment?

                Last edited 14/11/12 8:25 pm

                  So.... Xbox Live was hacked and taken offline for weeks?

                You're an idiot and a hypocrite lol

                Also, Xbox Live being better then PSN services is merely a popular opinion of those that only use XBL. Fan bias and all the claims that come with it are stupid. Don't be a troll you nob.

                Last edited 15/11/12 11:14 am

                  lol, yeah I only play Xbox Live, don't mind the fact that I have a PS3 and a 360.

    As pointed out on the us site - beta testers get them.

    So $80 a year for a service that should be free... that's $800 over 10 years.
    Should have given him a permanent gold membership and 25% discount on anything bought over xbox live.

    You guys should probably update your addresses.

    Member since beta...cha ching!!

    Beta tester and member ever since! However, It shows a "9" and not a "10" on my gamertag? I've maintained this gamertag from back when I was a beta tester! Sure hope I haven't been overlooked somehow?

    What about the people who have had to replace their xbox360 multiple times over the last 7 years?

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