(eBay, early 2012)
Microsoft Xbox Extremely Rare "Prototype" Test Market Black Console!
NO REGISTRATION WITH FCC OR ANYTHING NOTED.
WORKS REGULAR DISC BUT WITH EXTRA GOODIES ON IT, ANIMATED TEST SCREENS SHOWING COMPUTER GRAPHICS, IE...GOLF BALLS BEING HIT ROLLING & BOUNCING, DOLPHINS SWIMMING, ETC. MORE!
I'm sorry but this guy must have been a fan of the late great Billy Mays... (caps lock kills my face..)
From what I gather this is not a prototype console, its an early prototype Development Kit! They describe this console to display "dolphins swimming". That describes the Dev Kit to the teeth but without the Raptor interface card installed.
This could be the genuine real deal. If it is, then it's missing the tell-tale holographic reflective jewel that's consistent with early "Prototype Crystal Dev Kits" seen HERE.
I am willing to put my money on the fact that it could also be a hoax. A clever h@x0r may have dumped the bios from a Dev Kit, flashed the TSOP of a standard issue console and slapped home made "Prototype" stickers on it to better their chances of a legit eBay sale.
Even though the seller claims that it has "extra goodies" and displays characteristics of an official Dev Kit, it can be easily duplicated.
Prove me wrong...