Leaner Xbox 360 250GB now shipping

The new Xbox 360 from Microsoft is now officially shipping. The leaner Xbox (also being referred to as “Slim” but officially going by “Xbox 360 250GB”) features a 250GB removable hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n), reduced power consumption, and less noise than previous models. The new model retails for $299.

The Xbox 360 250GB comes in a new black gloss finish, with large cooling vents and angular design. The console also supports HD movies, Netflix, Zune, and ESPN. Ports include optical Audio, USB (2 on front and 3 in back), and HDMI. Early reviews of the new Xbox 360 say it loads discs quicker with less vibration than older models.

The only downsides of the new 360 is of course that Xbox Live charges a monthly subscription fee, and, HDMI isn’t upgraded to 1.4.

Rumors are that Microsoft is also developing a watered down 360, which might replace the Xbox Arcade system and retail for $199. No more details were given but the console is expected to be released this fall.

Also, just announced is Microsoft Kinect (previously called “Project Natal”) that tracks full body movement in 3-D, allowing you to be the controller. The Kinect is compatible with all Xbox 360s but will not ship until Nov. 24, 2010. According to reports, Kinect may be available as part of a bundle with the new Xbox 360.

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4 Replies to “Leaner Xbox 360 250GB now shipping”

  1. jasonb says:

    I saw that. the only thing that would make it a better deal is if it read Blu-rays – heh heh

  2. hdreport says:

    was just a spammer – thanks for blasting him though :D

  3. NoUseOfAName says:

    I guess the guy took off his comment. He had it as the price was too high and not worth buying.

  4. NoUseOfAName says:

    What do you mean not a good price, Dummy?!?! People who bought the Elite got the some of the upgrades with 120 gb hard drive no built in WiFi and no Kinect. HELLO for the same price you get a larger hard drive (250gb), Built in WiFi instead of spending an extra $100 for the wifi adapter, Kinect use, Quicker Drive loader, better air vents and Less Noise… Man your stupid.

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