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Slim Xbox360 outed in Italy

Details of Microsoft's slimmed-down Xbox360 have been leaked by an Italian web site ahead of today's expected E3 announcement.

We're not sure if this is the real deal, or yet another elaborate fake, but the pictures posted on Italian site Console Tribe (Google translation) are pretty convincing in our book.

It has long been rumoured that Microsoft would follow the PlayStation3's lead and go on a crash diet (pun intended), but it remains to be seen whether the 360 will compromise functionality for a slimmer look like Sony's flagship console.

The adverts reportedly appeared on a number of Italian web sites late last night but have since been removed.

If the images are to be believed, the new console will feature a 250GB hard drive and built in Wi-Fi.

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