Fan and mag sites have been speculating about it for months, but now US retail stores have officially confirmed an April release for the second generation Xbox 360. The updated model, in black livery, will sport a a roomy 120GB drive and offer an HDMI output. The US price is 479 dollars. Interestingly, Microsoft has elected not to replace its DVD drive with an HD DVD model; keeping the price below the cheapest PlayStation 3 was a consideration. The 120GB hard drive, which will also be available as an upgrade for existing Xbox 360 owners, is key to a plan to position the device as a video replay device for content downloaded from Xbox Live. The existing Xbox 360 20GB drive will be phased out by the end of the year.