I beleive that Microsoft is really sticking it to their loyal XBox 360 fans more than anything. They have been known to always provide current owners the ability to add on anything that is created after the release of the console. That is what I liked so much about Microsoft rather than Sony is that they did't force you to buy a 500 dollar product like PS3. Now out of no where they create a new "elite system" that doesn't allow current console owners the ability to upgrade. Other than the harddrive, which i'd rather buy a cheaper usb one, there is no way that a current console owner will be able to experience the capabilites of HDMI without buying the new console. I thought that the main idea of the console was that you wouldn't have to upgrade, like you did with the PC. I am very fustrated with this, and I am hoping they can find a way to allow 360 pro console owners the ability to experience the advanced audio and video. If they don't I think people will just start going out and buying a PS3 instead because now this new elite version is almost just as much money.