Whoa...Someone Just Sold An Alleged Next-Gen Xbox Dev Kit For $US20,000

The nondescript black PC tower that its seller claims is a Durango development kit has now been sold. The winning bid? Oh, a trifling $US20,100.

For that price, the buyer has either got themselves an unexpectedly early look at the future of the Xbox brand or the world's most expensive office computer.

Given the fact the distribution of development kits is strictly controlled by the platform holder — and with good reason — it'll be interesting to see what comes out of the sale. If it's a scam, well, that's the way the world works. eBay's buyer protection scheme should take care of the buyer if all they've paid for is a regular PC.

If it really is a Durango dev kit, though, well. Having development tools and a snapshot (if not exact match, since dev kits are normally more powerful) of the console's final hardware out in the wild, in the hands of the public, would be a nightmare scenario for Microsoft.

Unless it's Microsoft that bought the thing...

We're still waiting on a response from Microsoft over the listing, and will update if we hear back. [eBay]

Originally published on Kotaku Australia

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