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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 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
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is this right? they've released an update to handle the matroska container?


Yes, it's right. And there's alternative firmwares too: http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv-live/


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.

-Suntan


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