Recently a man posing as DaE on eBay listed a development kit for the Xbox 720 (code name Durango), well today the supposed development kit sold for a minuscule £12,833 (or $20,100). The man selling the development kit also appears to be the same person how initially leaked the first photos of the Durango.
DaE posted a statement about the sale on twitter: “I sold one of two I own. I still have the one that featured in news, the other one wasn’t really necessary to keep as a leg rest.”
The online auction ended up having forty-three bids from a total of eighteen bidders, the winner being a person under the name ****x. Apparently this person was one of the last to bid on the development kit but when he or she did, it jump the bid from 16,000 to 20,000.
In addition, DaE said in some more tweets that he doesn’t expect there to be any problems with the sale of the system: “Just awaiting payment from buyer. Got off phone with eBay to verify the account, so its all going good “.
It is pretty hard to believe that someone would drop over $20,000 in a development kit, where there is no way to authenticate whether it is legitimate or not. I mean if this was a legitimate development kit, there is no way Microsoft would let someone get away with selling it to another party. If this was a legitimate development kit that was given to a third party developer to work with, it would still remain the property of Microsoft and they would have legal right to sue the living daylights out of anyone selling it.
That is why I feel this is probably not a real development kit, if it was Microsoft would have already had eBay take the seller down and start legal action to get the development kit back. Microsoft isn’t just going to hand out development kits for people to sell, hell at this point Microsoft will not even acknowledge they are working on another Xbox.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, if Microsoft does start bringing legal action against this person or if they ignore this whole thing and don’t even acknowledge the situation (“We have no comment at this time.).