Sorry for the novel.. But I just went through this.
I finally picked up an elite three weeks ago. The premium is starting to show up in stores with HDMI, and therefore the newer mobo that'* supposedly more reliable. BBuy (your fav TV store) in my area has all of the new premium with HDMI output.
It makes sense over the premium if you're gonna get some of the included accessores.
"upgrades" to the Elite over the premium.[list]
-Black, and all accessories are black, including the wireless controller, headset.
-120GB HD ($180 add-on)
-Nice HDMI Cable Included(Can be pretty pricey, what you want for some of the higher resolutions, and a requirement for 1080p IIRC)
- Audio Adapter for HDMI. the 360 uses HDMI 1.2a IIRC, it will not do 5.1 through the HDMI output. If you want to use the HDMI output, and a different sound output (RCA or 5.1 optica) you need this as the standard AV cable cannot connect while the HDMI is plugged in, it'* $50 stand alone.
A core is a waste of time. I bought the elite because of the HDMI cabling issues, and the 120GB, the Black looks a lot better IMO if it'* around standard audio gear. If you have no use for HDMI, think the white is fine, and wont ever get much content (demos can be above 1gig easy) then get the premium.
I got Forza2, Madden 08, Halo 2, and Bioshock so far. Bioshock is amazing, Forza 2 is my new fav racing game (longtime Gran Turismo fan). I'd also recommend you pickup atleast one play and charge kit, since the unit comes with no rechargable battery.
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