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Yes, it finally has Wi-Fi

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly five years since the original Xbox 360 launched. The Xbox 360 hit the market a year ahead of the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 and continues to do quite well in the marketplace. Thanks to a relatively healthy stable library of exclusive games and the second-to-none Xbox Live gaming service, gamers keep coming back for more despite years of RROD issues.

Over the years, the Xbox 360 has gone through a number of hardware changes. Advances in manufacturing technologies for GPU and CPU have resulted in smaller, cooler running chips; and HDMI output has made its way to the console. Storage capacities have been bumped, new colors have been added, and special editions have announced.

However, the basic design of the console has remained the same -- until now. Today at E3, Microsoft unveiled a new look for the Xbox 360.

The new Xbox 360 is smaller, sleeker, quieter and comes with an integrated 250GB hard drive (removable) and five USB ports (two in the front, three in the back). And yes folks, it FINALLY has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n). It will be priced at $299 and will be in stores later this week.

According to Engadget, the current Xbox 360 Elite will drop down to $249 while the Xbox 360 Arcade will fall to $149.

In other Xbox 360 news, Microsoft today officially announced the Kinect accessory which captures full body motion for immersive gaming.


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RE: The real big news...
By Spivonious on 6/14/2010 5:14:48 PM , Rating: 4
Even as a cheap media center extender, this makes the Arcade very attractive.

RE: The real big news...
By SunAngel on 6/14/10, Rating: 0
RE: The real big news...
By Freezebyte on 6/14/10, Rating: 0
RE: The real big news...
By afkrotch on 6/14/2010 9:04:48 PM , Rating: 5
Except, it's not really all that loud, if you don't use the dvd-rom. Which is fine, since it's a media extender. It's playing media off a server.

RE: The real big news...
By SunAngel on 6/15/10, Rating: 0
RE: The real big news...
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 9:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you're cramming the console into a tight area, it shouldn't have to ever blast the fans that high.

RE: The real big news...
By cditty on 6/14/2010 9:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, I use one in that matter and I am hard pressed to hear any fan noise from my entertainment center.

There is never a disc in the drive, as I connect to my media center pc.

The arcade is great for that. My Dish Network remote even has a code for it.

RE: The real big news...
By eskimospy on 6/15/2010 12:14:06 AM , Rating: 4
You must not have a 360. When the DVD drive isn't spinning it's very quiet, perfect for a media extender.

RE: The real big news...
By adiposity on 6/15/2010 1:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Jasper 360, and have installed all games to the hdd, and it's still pretty loud (i.e., I can hear it). Compared to my Wii and PS3, it's audible while they are not.

RE: The real big news...
By Iridium130m on 6/16/2010 10:37:55 AM , Rating: 2
Everybody is right here, the old units were noisy, the new ones are much better:

My original 360 20GB that I've had for 4 years now gets quite loud using it as a media center and playing HD content (fans ramp to near full within 30 seconds of starting an HD channel or recording, no DVD in drive). I've had to relocated the 360 to muffle the noise. When playing non HD content, i wouldn't exactly call it silent either, but it isn't too noticeable.

My 360 Elite that I purchased later (its maybe a year and a half old) though is much quieter and never ramps up like the original with HD content, so Microsoft recognized the issues and has been working on it.

After watching the unwrapping of the slim on Engadget and hearing the new unit, I think Microsoft has the noise issue completely whipped at this point.

RE: The real big news...
By corduroygt on 6/14/2010 9:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
The WDTV Live is a much better extender than the 360, it has no problems with all kinds of mkv files and it's dead quiet and reliable.

RE: The real big news...
By Alpha4 on 6/15/2010 1:17:12 AM , Rating: 2
Hey corduroygt, I'm curious to know if the WDTV can handle 15+ mbps MKV files. Does it have trouble with high resolution media? Thanks.

RE: The real big news...
By Ananke on 6/15/2010 3:25:38 AM , Rating: 2
It handles high bit-rate mkv just fine :) and yes, it works as media extender with 1080p

RE: The real big news...
By mackx on 6/15/2010 3:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
is this right? they've released an update to handle the matroska container?

last i heard they didn't support this and you had to change the container to a vob/mp4 or some such.

RE: The real big news...
By kalak on 6/15/2010 9:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
is this right? they've released an update to handle the matroska container?

Yes, it's right. And there's alternative firmwares too:

RE: The real big news...
By jonmcc33 on 6/15/2010 4:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
The WDTV has been able to handle MKV from the start. I have had one (non-Live version) since December of last year. It works flawlessly on all media types. Best yet, it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

RE: The real big news...
By noirsoft on 6/15/2010 3:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
I've given up on my WD TV Live since it doesn't handle the soft-subs on MKV files properly. It shows only a default font text stream that appears to have notes from the subbers in there half the time instead of actual subtitles.

It also is nearly impossible to find a Wi-Fi adapter that works with it via USB.

I ended up using spare parts to put a Win 7 PC in its place.

RE: The real big news...
By Spivonious on 6/15/2010 1:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
Except that's just a streamer and not an extender. With the XBox 360 you can access the TV tuners in an media center PC.

RE: The real big news...
By Suntan on 6/15/2010 1:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
It is an extender, but with artificially limited capabilities. There are better options available for people that want an extender box for accessing PC DVR capabilities, as well as native playback of DVD/BR rips.


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