Shiny, small, and wifi oh my. In true Microsoft fashion the big “M” has beat E3 to the punch by announcing their new Xbox 360 console which is smaller than the original along with a new cooling system, shinny finish and a hard drive that slides into the system itself.
Microsoft announced that the new design will be shipping to retailers by the time you read this so expect to see them in store real soon. Here are some of the bullet points of the new system:
– "Much quieter"
– Different power supply—it’s still big but nearly weightless
– 250GB internal hard drive, which is still swappable.
– There are five USB ports now, with three in the back and two in the front
– A custom Kinect port (not a standard USB port—it’s a USB port that can feed more power)
– Touch sensitive on/off and eject buttons (like the PS3) (audio feedback when you turn it on.)
– Internal components that have changed: two small fans changed into one large fan for quieter operation, 45nm integrated CPU and GPU
– AV cable included, HDMI and optical audio ports (no HDMI cable yet)
– External Xbox 360 hard drives and memory units are NOT compatible with the new Xbox
You can buy the data transfer cable that was used to transfer data from your 20gb drive to the new 120gb when they released for $20 or you can use a thumb drive and do it one piece at a time.
At first I was a little bit turned off by the lines of the new design, but I must say that this new take is beginning to grow on me. What do you think? Will any of you be buying this new system?
(Picture courtesy of Microsoft)