These are strange times in the world of video games. For the first time since the mid1990s, three rival consoles from different manufacturers are doing real battle for our leisure time. Back then, it was Sony, Nintendo and Sega. Now, Microsoft has taken Sega's place; worryingly, it seems also to have taken on Sega's habit of confusing potential customers with too much hardware.
The uncomfortable truth about the new 360 Elite is that it feels like a product from a company that is struggling to come to terms with the fact that it no longer has the next-generation playground to itself. The Elite may turn out to be a stop-gap on the road to the next version of the 360, but for now it feels like a Jack of all trades. And a master of absolutely none.