Supposed Xbox 720 Dev Kit Sold On Ebay For $20K

Snuck in while everyone was too busy either dying from a massive nationwide heatwave or watching the Olympics, someone claiming the identity of the person who recently got their hands on what they claim is an Xbox 720 developer kit has decided to profit from the idea by offering it up on eBay. And profit they did, as the supposed kit has been sold for an astonishing $20,000.

“Microsoft XBOX Durango Development Kit”, the listing boasted. But is it? Technical specs are extremely vague. “Condition: Used:,” the listing says. “The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.”

So what about the seller’s listing? It’s truly exhaustive: “This item comes with powercables, and a wired controller.”

So is this the real deal? It is true that Microsoft supposedly began distributing dev kits to game studios earlier this year. it’s also true, as VG 24/7 notes, that the name of the eBay seller matches that of the person who leaked what is believed to be authentic specs for Xbox 720 (code named Durango) a few weeks ago. However, that lack of technical deets is suspicious, as is the idea that someone would risk being sued into oblivion by Microsoft for leaking the device early.

Personally, I’m in the “it’s a fake” camp, which means someone just got ripped off for 20K. But in the event it’s real, we will no doubt be hearing much more about this. I’ve reached out to the seller for more information. Should they choose to reply, we’ll keep you updated.

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2 Comments on Supposed Xbox 720 Dev Kit Sold On Ebay For $20K

maxrob

On August 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

its obvious this is a computer case….. i wonder what kind of moron bought this cpu case for 20k.. wow ppl got money to waiste

Ron Whitaker

On August 14, 2012 at 5:40 am

@maxrob: Pretty much all pre-release dev kits are PCs. Even if this is a Durango dev kit, it’s likely that the hardware will change at least a little before release.