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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 jjmcubed on 6/14/2010 7:06:08 PM , Rating: 3
With this price point I'm very interested in getting one. The hard drives you mention? Can you use any USB hard drive? I held off on getting one as they didn't support anything but the official X Box 360 one.

Can anyone give me information on if I can use an existing hard drive? Will I have to use a new partition or will I need a hard drive exclusively for the X Box. Any info anyone has to point me in the right direction is appreciated.

RE: The real big news...
By DFranch on 6/14/2010 9:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure "USB storage" refers to flash, not Hard drives. MS still requires you to buy their hard drives.

RE: The real big news...
By jjmcubed on 6/15/2010 6:16:51 AM , Rating: 2
So if I use a 16gb flash I will be OK? Will it need to be dedicated to the 360, or will I be able to use it for other back ups? Should I just not worry about the arcade and get the new SKU(with the hard drive included)? Hate to not use the hard drives I have on hand. Sorry to intrude, but I have searched and haven't been able to find the best info.

RE: The real big news...
By Freezebyte on 6/15/2010 11:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
It will be easier just to have a dedicated flash drive for the 360 rather then going back and forth. There so dirt cheap nowadays, why not?

You can also pick up a used HDD for a better price then new

RE: The real big news...
By monomer on 6/15/2010 1:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
You can use any type of USB storage device, either flash based or HDD, but the maximum space you can use for any given USB storage is capped at 16 GB.

RE: The real big news...
By Freezebyte on 6/15/2010 1:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
Uh no, you can only used flash based USB storage, hence the 16gig limit as well as not exceeding their own 20gig HDD storage option.

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