One of the defining characteristics of video game journalism this year has been the onslaught of articles related to what journalists and consumers believe will be the particulars and specifics of the consoles of the next generation. The argument of restricting versus not restricting used games has been raised, and the systems overall are rumored boast powerful graphics and processing engines than their predecessors.
While there has been no official announcement by Sony or Microsoft regarding new systems, many rumors have suggested that developers and publishers have already acquired development kits necessary for making games for the upcoming next generation (many believe it will begin somewhere between 2013 and 2014).
One of these development kits recently sold on eBay for a measly $20,100 American dollars. The listing was officially entitled, “Microsoft XBOX Durango Development Kit,” and a very brief overview of the kit described it as being comprised of, “[power cables], and a wired controller,” obviously in addition to the kit itself. The seller, superdae, has no prior history on eBay and has a star rating of 0.
The buyer is still unknown, which could make for some interesting speculation. Who could it have been? A major gaming publication, a really passionate Xbox fan, or Microsoft themselves? If it is real, I would imagine that whoever it is that bought it will be dissecting it very soon; we will definitely hear about that as well. If it is indeed a phony listing, all I can say is that I would not want to be the eBay customer service representative handling the dispute.