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E3 2010: Slim 360 for real, shipping now

So all that talk about a slimmer, newer, shinier 360? Totally true, as Microsoft announced the redesigned system at the end of their press conference and boy was it ever shiny. Here’s some of our first images of it:

But the mega-shocker of this announcement was that it is shipping to retailers RIGHT NOW. By the end of the week you can buy the upgraded unit, which comes with a 250GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi. They also noted that it launches at $299 and is much quieter. Here’s hoping that it’s less prone to breakdowns too (obligatory red ring mention fulfilled). And lastly, those of us watching it from our desks got to be filled with rage and envy at the lucky stiffs in the audience, as they all are getting the new system shipped to them for free. Not that we’re jealous or anything.

UPDATE:

Kotaku got their hands on the specs list for this bad boy, so we'll pass it around to you guys.

Touch Sensitive Buttons - turn the Xbox 360 on or off and eject a disc with the swipe of a finger.

Whisper Quiet - Whether you're playing a DVD disc or from the hard drive or navigating the dashboard, with the all-new and much quieter Xbox 360, the only noise you'll hear is your own laughing, cheering and playing.

Wi-Fi - Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast, easy connection to your friends and entertainment on Xbox LIVE.

Hard Drive - 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage. To access, remove the bottom panel by pushing the small tab toward the front of the console.

Kinect-ready - Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor for controller-free fun.

USB Slots - Five USB ports, three in the back and two in the front.

Power Supply - Smaller and more efficient. Xbox 360 250GB and Xbox 360 Original power supplies are not interchangeable.

Wireless Controller - The award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller matches the console in all black with color-matched thumbsticks and directional pad with a touch of gloss and chrome to complete the look.

Backward Compatible - Your favorite accessories and games will work with Xbox 360 250GB. Xbox 360 external hard drives and Memory Units are not compatible.

Jun 14, 2010

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56 comments

  • Willis916 - June 16, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    wait so can i use my old 360 hard-drive? reCAPTCHA:cleaved and (sliced=the ps3)
  • Rowdie - June 15, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Does it still have a nic?
  • Howetzer - June 15, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    @ awinnerisjew - Couldnt have said it better myself about palitroke man, way to go. Wolverine08 I believe I already should at least have that title lol, read some of my old posts, not to mention the post I had earlier on this article. But I dont care if Im called a fanboy seriously, what should someone be called who likes a product more than others? Thats ok by me, I stand by my choice.
  • Wolverine08 - June 15, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    @sleepy92ismypsn you are the god of PS3fans, conider me your follower, you say the things I'm too worried about saying because if I did I'd be accused of being a fanboy.If you get a friends request tonight it'll be me, and you'd better accept!
  • Cleanser247 - June 15, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    They better have made this thing right the first time, or I will be mad: D
  • super0sonic - June 15, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Wait what? Memory Units are not compatible? What the hell, I understand why the Old HD's are not supported but not the MU's?
  • awinnerisjew - June 15, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    @palitroke Exceeeeeepptttt....1)Short of adding wifi (once again,4 years behind everyone else...including the psp you mentioned and the f'ing ds for that matter) how is this a step forward? Most of the hardware isnt compatible, and they are announcing compatability with their own games as a selling point. I am not a PS3 fanboy, just a logical human being. Refering to the PS3 as an "overgrown psp with bluray" is not only a ridiculous statement but one that shows your own "fanboyism" and leaves the rest of your argument look like so much dribble spewing from the mouth of just another Microsoft fan.....boy. "ZOMG, ITS SMALLER AND HAS WIFI!!!1!!!11!". Sorry, but the excuse of "it's business" doesn't fly when the price point is as high as it was at launch, and when they're only improvement is bring it up to industry standard. Especially coming from a company when it and its enthusiasts leveled criticism at a rival company for its hefty price tag, even after a price drop and system remodel.
  • Bobbety - June 15, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I'll be content if there turns out to be a good way to transfer data.
  • TruckThunders - June 15, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    So what will the failure rate be on this 360 model? This is a nice product to compete with the PS3. But it's big middle finger to the millions of people who already own 360s. (many of who have bought numerous replacements over the years too.)
  • dionnysus - June 15, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    about time on that built-in wifi, MS!
  • dionnysus - June 15, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    i'm glad GR didn't get a freebie xbox, cuz that would had tainted its assessment of MS' show
  • Palitroke - June 15, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    As a person that has both I am actually glad they did this, All the Ps3 fanboys are complaining and saying: ooh they copying Sony and other retarded comments like that but fail to realize that Sony had a year to research and release something better than a overgrown psp with bluray at launch and a better PSN and didn't, they copied Wii's motion sensing abilities and came out witha dildo looking effing thing, then they came out with the slim in order to get a wider audience and finally dropped their price,the comment that microsoft is being money grabbing whores and people bitching about all these changes, but all you people complaining fail to realize that all this is Bussiness and after all it will continue as long as there are people that would buy the "new & improved" version as long as it has what people want....after all no one complains when the New Iphone or the new htc phone and the new 20 megapixel and 40x zoom camera comes out, the gaming industry is a business and will continue to follow the trend of any other business and try to make some money, after all when it comes to electronics the term "if it isn't broke don't fix it" doesn't apply...there's always something cooler and better and shinier that will come out, and people will run out and buy it!
  • hacman13 - June 15, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    crap frikin money grabbers wont let ANYTHING old work. really no old hardrives? come on i have the 250 gig that came with the mw2 limited edition one
  • awinnerisjew - June 15, 2010 1 a.m.

    So 5 years later it's copying the exact same touch-sensitive buttons the PS3 was mocked for. It's copying the built in wifi that both the PS3 and the Wii for God's sake already have. It's smaller, it's shiny and it's black, much like the original PS3 and new Wii. And it's finally quieter than a jet engine and doesn't sound like it's breaking just being turned on? And this is called an innovation or a "new" 360 with a price point at $299? Oh and by the way, if it's a 360 that will play 360 games, that's not backwards compatability, that's compatability. It damn well better play the games that were intended for it. So their entire plan is just to copy the first generation PS3 and claim it as their own idea and invention. Maybe thats why they made it a point to mention "backwards compatability", because everyone expected it to just play blu-ray and download content to a PSP. This is not worth an E3 unvail, or a purchase for that matter. And I say this as someone who owns all three consoles and plays them....with the exception of the Wii.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - June 15, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    it still doesn't have blu ray so ha
  • RebornKusabi - June 15, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    It's not a good sign when, after just ONE COMPANIES E3 PRESENTATION, the exact emotion that I'm feeling is "ambivalence". Well, here's to Nintendo releasing their new console which'll be named WiiOwnU. Coming this Christmas!
  • Tronto13 - June 15, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    im pretty sure there will ba a way to transfer data. theyre not gonna make it impossible to transfer saves, give it a few days and theyll answer most of the big q's. People need to calm down in thr comments though, ie idlemindkiller. People never seem to be happy.
  • superrey19 - June 14, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Way to bribe the audience with free consoles Microsoft. As for the appearance, it would have looked cool if it didn't look like someone stepped on it... the shape is fugly. Can't wait to see all the people who ripped on the fat ps3's fingerprint magnet gloss finish praise the new 360 and how cool it looks with the same thing.
  • FatherTime - June 14, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    hayseyboy, Shut up. Its just a new design to get some new buyers. They also added plenty to xbxoxlive including a huge deal with ESPN you prick.
  • sweetzombiejesus - June 14, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    built in wifi finally now i'll buy one

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