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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 SunAngel on 6/14/2010 8:32:58 PM , Rating: 0
Not! XBox 360 Arcade is way too loud to be used in quiet environment like with the Media Extender Mode.

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.

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