The Xbox One has gone gold. Literally.
Harrods, the British retailer with a penchant for making expensive things even more expensive, has introduced a version of Microsoft's console that is plated in 24-karat gold.
The price tag for this ostentatious game system? A cool £6,000 ($9,750). Take that, eBay!
Gold plating aside, there's no difference between this and any other Xbox One you might pick up. It doesn't even come bundled with a game.
Harrods is no stranger to ridiculously pricey everyday items. The store has also offered a diamond-encrusted iPhone case for $111,000, a men's shirt for just under $45,000, and a $10,000 box of Swarovski-studded chocolates, which probably results in the most luxurious ulcer known to man.
Despite its insane cost, the Xbox One is hardly the first console to get the luxury treatment. There's a long tradition of plating game goodies in gold, though there's a not-too-surprising lack of data on who, exactly, is buying these things.
In 2009, for example, Computer Choppers dipped five PlayStation 3s in gold for ultra-high-end gamers, complete with diamond-encrusted logos. The selling price? $9,000 each.
Custom Choppers, in fact, will gold plate just about any gadget you'd like. They've also created a 24-karat Xbox 360 and Wiimote, and if you don't want the gold iPhone Apple is offering these days, they can give you the real deal.
The award for weirdest gold-plated game system, though, may go to THQ. In 2009, just as the publisher began showing signs of the financial troubles that eventually doomed it, the company commissioned a gold-plated Wii which it then had sent to the Queen of England as part of a PR stunt. And it worked -- one of the more surprising revelations of the last console generation was that Queen Elizabeth loved the Wii and apparently was a "natural" at Wii Bowling.
Wonder how she feels about Ryse: Son of Rome?
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