Glossy Xbox 360 being discontinued

The glossy black Xbox 360 is in its last days, and will be replaced by a matte black version as soon as they ship to stores. Microsoft is "actively transitioning" all of its slim models to the new finish, so if you want that blinding sheen in your living room, you should pick one up sooner rather than later.

The news came from a Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) blog post. Hryb stepped in to clear up some misconceptions about the switch, pointing out that users won't have a choice between the glossy and matte finish this holiday season. He says the new matte consoles will arrive in stores "over the coming weeks."

If you absolutely can't live without a reflective shine, though, you still have options. Hryb assures that special editions like the Star Wars and Gears of War 3 bundles will still have a gloss finish. No reason was given for the change, but we assume R2-D2 just wanted to feel special.