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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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ugly as hell
By hexxthalion on 6/15/2010 8:41:31 AM , Rating: 2
that's really really ugly console - wouldn't like to have it in my living room




RE: ugly as hell
By larson0699 on 6/16/2010 1:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Then don't buy it.

Most of us aren't looking at our consoles while playing games. We sometimes put things away when we're done with them (kids anyone?) or simply don't pay mind to the appearance of our CE (aside from phones, since it's a law that they have to look cooler than they function).

Seriously. I've got a big(ger-than-HTPC) ugly cable box on top of an even uglier 1987 cabinet TV, but that doesn't mean I'm embarrassed to view it. It works like new in all its coaxial/480i glory.

If I really cared enough about this design to want to change it, I'd probably sand off the gloss, but I'll be too busy with more pressing matters. Take it or leave it.


"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan














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