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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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By piroroadkill on 6/15/2010 4:21:28 AM , Rating: 1
Look at the pre-production leak boards. It had a retarded huge coolermaster hsf on the SINGLE integrated chip, no longer is it stuck under the DVD drive, getting hotter and hotter.

On the new 360 design, there are a set of massive cooling slots above exactly where this hsf would be.

Direct fresh air intake down onto a large heatsink would almost certainly solve all these problems

By Taft12 on 6/15/2010 10:56:17 AM , Rating: 1
Besides the design improvements, the smaller production process compared to early-gen 360's should make RROD a thing of the past (can't believe the RROD cheap shots get rated up so quickly here)

By inperfectdarkness on 6/15/2010 12:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
why not? RROD could have been prevented (or at least cut way, way down). comments poking fun of it are no different than comments about yellowing apple screens & overheated macintoshes.

don't let your MS fanboyism blind you to the logic behind popular opinion; if a company screws up something preventable--they deserve ridicule.

By larson0699 on 6/16/2010 2:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's not fanboyism. It's old news, totally unfunny and uninteresting by now, and it should be downrated the same as anyone still bashing Vista. You don't reward someone for accomplishing nothing, especially considering that their most serious efforts wouldn't be even remotely as functional as the launch 360.

I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, but their quality control issues are no Deepwater Horizon. They eventually came around and I'm thankful for that. If I'm to walk the namedropping tightropes, I'd might as well call you a hypocrite if you drive a Ford truck or a Toyota that was recalled. It doesn't hurt to afford everyone a reasonable margin of error, especially in this instance where the company owned up and absorbed some hefty costs to keep their customers.

Be fair or be quiet.

By inperfectdarkness on 6/16/2010 3:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
1. 33%+ failure rate is not an "acceptable margin of error".

2. microsoft's "most serious efforts" should be taken with several lbs of salt before being lauded; after all, we're talking about a company that has significantly more free capital to work with than nintendo. microsoft has proven itself willing to burn money by the bushel in an unrelenting pursuit of whatever operation it wishes to muscle itself into. just look at the marketing surrounding halo 3 vs. the marketing surrounding super mario galaxy 2.

3. owning up and absorbing costs isn't "responsible"; it's mandatory (or at least i consider it to be thus). everything has recalls. my wii had a recall. my car had a transfer case recall. my washing machine had a computer recall. these are normal; acceptable. having a product failure so rampant that vendors refuse to offer ESP's on your product; that's irresponsible.

By Newspapercrane on 6/17/2010 5:44:35 AM , Rating: 2
I would be interested in seeing some stats which count only the current iteration of the 360 hardware. I would also be interested in the failure rates of the 360 overall (launch until present.)

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