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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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Damn
By clovell on 6/15/2010 12:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
Now I've a decision to make - my 360 Elite bit the dust on Monday - no video output (runs fine, otherwise...). Had the same problem a couple months back, but I took it apart and reseated the heatsinks with llama's kit. Was planning on replacing it with an Arcade, which is even more attractive at $150, but 45nm design, whisper-quiet, and Wi-Fi are enticing. I really don't care much about the hard drive - 120 GB has suited me fine. But, still... do I spring for the extra $150 and get it? The Wi-Fi is killing me because I know once I move I'll probably need it.




RE: Damn
By Hiawa23 on 6/15/2010 1:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Was planning on replacing it with an Arcade, which is even more attractive at $150, but 45nm design, whisper-quiet, and Wi-Fi are enticing. I really don't care much about the hard drive - 120 GB has suited me fine. But, still... do I spring for the extra $150 and get it? The Wi-Fi is killing me because I know once I move I'll probably need it.

I agree with you, I was just at Best Buy, & I think I may get the $150 Arcade as that price is lower than a Wii. I already have a 250GB HDD on my launch model but I need HDMI. I may just get the $150 model instead. Do I spend $150 or $300 just for shiny black, don't really need WiFi, as my PS3 & 360 sits next to my PC.


RE: Damn
By Freezebyte on 6/15/2010 1:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that the 250gig drive alone is $130 and the .11N wireless adpater is $100 as well, that was justification enough for me to trade in my "old" elite for credit for the new model at Gamestop yesterday. Can't wait!


RE: Damn
By clovell on 6/16/2010 6:18:54 PM , Rating: 2
Just an update - I picked up an Arcade at Target last night for $150 --- PLUS I got a $50 Target Gift Card with the purchase. Pretty sweet deal.

I decided against the slim version after I talked to the guy at GameStop and he told me about the demand vs. availability issues.

Considering that I've been thinking hard about getting a second controller, I really got away with a Jasper upgrade/replacement for $50.

Not too shabby.


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