Originally Posted by Rhett_in_SoCal
I've been searching the forum looking for an answer to this same question.
So, if the box has "Go Pro" printed on it, is it for sure a falcon?
I'm trying to find a Go Pro system at a San Diego CostCo. I know I saw one a week or so ago, but now all I see are tons of the holiday bundle with the regular ole "Xbox Live" on the front. I want the Falcon because even though I can return a(nother) dead console, I don't like returning stuff. I just like it to work.
So any help with "Does 'Go Pro' = Falcon?" question is greatly appreciated. And if anyone in San Diego county has seen a Go Pro bundle at their CostCo, let me know.
From what I've read on the official Xbox forums, not every "Go Pro" box contains a Falcon 360. However -- and please DO NOT take this as always being 100% true -- I will relate how I tracked down my Falcon. It might help you and others in the "hunt."
I did quite a bit of research before I went into the stores, and many people who found Falcons reported that the stickers on the outside said TEAM: FDOU and listed 175W on it. *However,* this wasn't true in all cases, because some people who purchased units with 203W printed on the outside actually got 175W units, confirmed by the power brick inside.
It seemed there was no consistent method of identifying Falcons *just* by looking at the outside. But following a tip someone posted on the Xbox forums, I found the VERY LAST 360 Elite in my area at a Target and noticed that the original sticker had another
sticker over it that had very little info. The "flap" that you could pull up to look at the manufacturing date on the 360 itself was missing, as well. Instead, there was a rectangular hole punched-out.
The kid working the register was kind enough to let me peel back the top sticker, and underneath it, the original sticker read "TEAM: CSON
" and listed 203W.
I was about to put it back. But then I recalled that this guy on the forum said that they were redoing the packaging to make it harder to identify Falcons, but in so doing, actually left a telltale sign that indicated there was a very good chance a Falcon was inside:
The punched-out hole on the side of the box.
So I took a chance, brought it home, and sure enough, it was a Falcon, confirmed by the 175W listed on the power brick.
Apparently, if you find packaging like this, there's a greater chance it contains a Falcon 360. I don't know if this is always the case, however, so buyer beware.