Microsoft Sending Xbox Live Veterans a Custom, Free Xbox 360 [Update]

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

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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 ten-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 ten 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.

UPDATE - Microsoft has now confirmed that these consoles are going out to "Xbox LIVE members that have been with us the longest". The official console shot can be found up top.


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Awesome, glad to see my tip come to fruition. I spoke to my friend a little more during some Halo 4 rounds after I sent it in. He was a first wave beta tester as well. I don't know how this all is going to pan out, but I share a birthday with XBOX and Live (and my tag turns 10 when I turn 31 this Thursday), so if they want to ship one my way, it'll be to a good home.

There are a few more pictures of it over on the-nextlevel.com/tnl in the haul thread for November.