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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: Xbox 720
By larson0699 on 6/16/2010 1:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
What?

Actually, the longer this generation runs, the worse for the games (and subsequently us), especially the majority of titles which are developed for the console and ported to PC.

It's not an issue if Microsoft hasn't made much from selling 40 million consoles -- they've profited immensely from software and accessories in the last 4½ years and by this point surpassed sales of original Xbox merch almost twofold. Who says there isn't a place in the market for new hardware?

Since so many others are quick to draw comparison to the slim PS2, I'd started thinking about the recent DSi XL launch -- 5½ years into that platform and Nintendo decided to beef up the screens about a year before the launch of their next-gen handheld. It's strategic. Buy and buy again.

If Microsoft pulled a similar move, I'd expect the next Xbox to be natively compatible with all of the 360's titles and continue LIVE in its current iteration (simply wasn't feasible last time around) and no one would be left in the dark. That Microsoft has reduced their current line to one SKU suggests to me that their production dollars are being diverted elsewhere, and if it means they're once again the first to the punch, it could mean another healthy head start for them and another strong market for us. But I can only speculate.

But new hardware or no, it isn't likely that the 360 will taper off as quickly as the original did. I only wish that they'd designed the Xbox to incorporate into future consoles more easily. I'm only a fan of emulation when a PC is the host.


RE: Xbox 720
By brokenaxiom on 6/16/2010 9:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft is currently leading the console pack in the online platform sphere and will have total hardware dominance in 2012. Id tech 5 will run on the next Xbox and Doom 4 will be an Xbox exclusive release. Just watch E3 in 2011. We will see an oh so sexy new Xbox sitting up there looking fine.


RE: Xbox 720
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 9:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
Did you just say Id? They are a crap company. Doom 3 and Quake 4 sucked ass and that whole stupid engine failed. Hence why pretty much everything runs off the Unreal Engine.

Hope Carmack gets hit by a car.


RE: Xbox 720
By brokenaxiom on 6/16/2010 10:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
have you seen the specs on Id tech 5?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id_Tech_5

It's the first in a very new age of FPS engines


RE: Xbox 720
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 11:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because reading a spec sheet is going to tell me exactly how awesome a game engine is going to be. Remember the awesome specs of the Crysis engine? How'd that work out?


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