E3: Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 'Slim'

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Today at E3, Microsoft announced the new Xbox 360 with a new smaller frame with a new shiny black casing.  Aside from the new look, the base model will also have built-in Wi-Fi 802.11N and a 250 GB HDD.

With the brand new Xbox 360 announcement, Microsoft also surprised everyone by saying the new console will begin shipping today in the U.S., and everyone attending the Microsoft E3 press announcement will have it shipped out today. For folks in the UK and Europe the new Xbox will be available on July 16.

The specifications are as follows:

  • Touch sensitive buttons - turn the Xbox 360 on/off and eject a disc with the swipe of a finger
  • Whisper quiet - all new much quieter Xbox 360
  • Wi-fi - built in 802.11N for fast connection
  • Hard drive - 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage
  • Kinect ready - Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor
  • USB slots - Five USB ports, three on the back of the console and two in the front
  • AV connections - AV cable, HDMI, optical audio
  • Power supply - smaller and more efficient
  • Internal changes - fan changed from two small fans to one larger fan. Chipset based on 45 nanometer and integrated CPU/GPU. Wi-fi inbuilt

As Neowin reported yesterday, Project Natal was also rebranded to Kinect.  Within the advertisement, we wondered if the new Xbox 360 showcased was actually a mockup by a fan, or indeed the new look for the console.

Microsoft announced that the new Xbox 360 will be ultra-quiet.  Sadly, the new Xbox 360 will not support a Blu-Ray drive.  The new Xbox will have three USB ports on the back, ethernet, aux, component/composition adapter port, HDMI and optical audio out.  The aux port is a dedicated Kinect port for the new Xbox 360.  The front of the console includes a new location for the eject button, and possibly front USB ports.  The next version of the console will still require a power brick, but will be much smaller in comparison to the original.

The new Xbox 360 will sell for the same price as the original Xbox 360 for $299.

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I hope Microsoft release some revised firmware to come along with this 'Xbox Slim' so at very least the Xbox can match the PS3 in terms of video playback compatibility.

Here in Aus, EBGames is advertising it for $449! You can get a PS3 (250GB, not 120GB) with God of War 3 and Red Dead Redemption for $599 and you'll have a (good quality) Blu-Ray player. If that price is roughly accurate that seems to be a bit of a rip-off to me.

Having said that... I'll probably still buy one

the most important thing as far as I'm concerned is that it's quiet! The current one sounds like a vacuum cleaner

Gotta remember that the PS3 250Gb is about £80 more than the current 360 elite and the new 360 Slim.

Can get a Blu-ray player for £80 if you need it... but for people who already have a blu-ray, or simply don't want/need one yet then why would they want to pay Microsoft more money for a feature they don't use?

Seems like a good refresh of the current generation. Nothing amazing, but considering it's been out since 2005 it was in need of making use of smaller components, power savings, price drop on wifi chips etc.

Nasty, but more importantly, a pointless release imo. It hardly looks that much slimmer!? Sure Wifi is nice, but that along with the gloss black and touch sensitive is just becoming like the PS3 (but without blu-ray!) I think the Xbox 360 original is a great and fresh looking design... the PS3 slim is worse than the original as well imo. I think the companies are just getting bored waiting around for the Xbox 540/PS4!

Personally I don't like the design at all but that's just me. Nice upgrade but still a pointless device for me compared to my PC. I've got a 360 catching dust :[

jporter said,
Personally I don't like the design at all but that's just me. Nice upgrade but still a pointless device for me compared to my PC. I've got a 360 catching dust :[

It is better than the current design of the 360, it will fit a lot better into your home entertainment system.

Audioboxer said,
External power brick still? WTF

So what? I'd rather prefer it this way. Don't know anyone that comes over to visit just to look at my power cables...

I wish they had made an original XBox Slim, but I guess Nvidia killed any chances of that back then.

Imagine how small they could make one today though.

SCRISP said,
Does it feature a gigabit ethernet port?

There is an ethernet port on the back. I don't know if it's gigabit or not but I would guess so.

helios01 said,
I like that it's whisper quiet and has built-in wi-fi. Too bad I already have a 360.

I like these features as well.

bruNo_ said,
Any dates for release in rest of the world?
July 16 for Europe and other countries will follow soon after I'd imagine. Australia/NZ should be getting it same time as Europe (where I live) and the price will be AUD$449 which isn't too bad, but still not sure if it's worth the extra AUD$150 over the arcade though (since I'm replacing a dead 360 with fair amount of data I want to keep in it's HDD).

Xerxes said,
July 16 for Europe and other countries will follow soon after I'd imagine. Australia/NZ should be getting it same time as Europe (where I live) and the price will be AUD$449 which isn't too bad, but still not sure if it's worth the extra AUD$150 over the arcade though (since I'm replacing a dead 360 with fair amount of data I want to keep in it's HDD).

Hope they release it until the end of the year here in Brazil.
Thanks for info, mate.

Wow! Great job, MS! Slick, slim and updated internal components! A quieter fan and PSU with a bigger HDD and wi-fi? YES, PLEASE!

Zoom7000 said,
Let's hope they've fixed the RROD in this model!

Smaller die, combined chips and bigger cooling fan. After years of studying the problem I would hope for sure they've worked it all out.

Zoom7000 said,
Let's hope they've fixed the RROD in this model!
Eh? it's been fixed for ages now, it's only the older models (like mine) that are still floating around that are causing problems, the failure rate of the current lot is pretty low I believe. Naturally any further improvements are most welcome

I see mention of a user removable hard drive, but my question: can we drop in a larger new drive or will we have to buy a overpriced MS drive or wait for hacks?

cibbis said,
meh except for it having the N wireless format they sure took alot of the features that came on the PS3

The Cell processors and Blu-ray support is what pretty much defines the PS3 hardware wise, so I don't see how any of the features of the new XBOX 360 SKU have much familiarity with the PS3.

DClark said,

I don't see how any of the features of the new XBOX 360 SKU have much familiarity with the PS3.

Built-in wireless, touch sensitive buttons (although the PS3 no longer has this), hard drive in all models, hard drive is user-upgradeable with standard parts. All things that have been in the PS3 since day one.

roadwarrior said,

Built-in wireless, touch sensitive buttons (although the PS3 no longer has this), hard drive in all models, hard drive is user-upgradeable with standard parts. All things that have been in the PS3 since day one.

So what if they did. Is there something wrong with taking successful ideas and using them? Every company does this, with every type of device. Another company has an idea that works out very well and other companies will then use it also. It's not like Sony owns any of those things.

Remember how Sony mocked Nintendo over their motion controller? Then when it turned out to be a hit look what those hypocrites did; they came out with their own lollipop controllers.

roadwarrior said,
Built-in wireless, touch sensitive buttons (although the PS3 no longer has this), hard drive in all models, hard drive is user-upgradeable with standard parts. All things that have been in the PS3 since day one.
Yes, all amazing groundbreaking PS3 exclusives, there.

I didn't like the look at first, but that was without any comparisons to scale or quality pictures for that matter. So long as it doesn't RROD or make a lot of noise, I'd be happy.

Looks much better than the old model, the slim model is much sleeker and appealing in my opinion. Too bad I don't have much money, else I would purchase this along with a few games.

The tech is good, but like so many others my first thoughts were that it looked terrible, and the nice clean non shiny white, that wont show up prints/dust badly was soooooo much better.

hmm, maybe it's a ploy to try make sure people clean it more often so it doesn't get so dusty inside.

I don't really feel all that concerned about Blu-ray. Normal videos and things are good enough for me at the lower price. Besides, we have a Blu-ray player in our living room for watching movies =D

Xenon said,
Anyone know if it is gonna come with any games?

All come with one ingame even if it is a ****ty demo or something.

Midnight Mick said,
New system to play the same old games?
At the very least they could try to compete and add Blu-ray..

Microsoft is focused pretty much totally on digital distribution of media.

Midnight Mick said,
New system to play the same old games?
At the very least they could try to compete and add Blu-ray..

What does Blu-Ray have to do with playing games? For those who want movies Microsoft supports streaming rather than physical media as mentioned above.

Midnight Mick said,
New system to play the same old games?
At the very least they could try to compete and add Blu-ray..
To be honest Blu-Ray is the last of MS's problems, building a console that is reliable is more important! Only thing that slightly annoys me if changing the spec for the HDD (making older HDD addons useless) and removing support for the memory units. Now I know removal of memory units have been resolved with the USB drive update and the HDD change is supposedly good for us customers, however, now it means I've got accessories I can't use anymore.

Ah well I'm only considering upgrading because my current one is dead (and out of warranty) and having a more reliable console is more important then not being able to use my existing HDD/MUs (although I can still transfer my data off the old HDD to the new one, so not a complete loss).

Shame no blu-ray...but kind of understandable, since they would only be able to use it for media since allowing games on it would screw previous gen 360s. Ah well, still looks nice

This is the ULTIMATE Siznet..... unfortunately if they can take a $200 USD iPhone and sell it for $1200 NZD a 500 US iPad and sell it for $1400 I shudder to think how much a nice shiny gaming console with 250gb HDD and built in wireless N is goin to cost in New Zealand

the iPhone isn't sold outright for $200US...thats $200 + a 2 year contract. Very different model. $1200NZ is an outright price, buy it on contract and you possibly won't pay anything on top of the plan costs. Actually IMHO the US iPhone plans arent that great. Australian user here.

Also I'm going to guess that the $500 iPad model is not the same one as is being sold for $1400 NZ.

Ugly as all hell. Even more so than the original design. And here I thought Microsoft couldn't top themselves. Touché, Microsoft.

spacer said,
Ugly as all hell. Even more so than the original design. And here I thought Microsoft couldn't top themselves. Touché, Microsoft.

We really care and think about your opinion.

Nice... but still no console for me. I'll try to update my PC instead. That's the problem with PC, you need to upgrade from time to time while you can get a console and it's good for 5-7 years before next generation. But I prefer all what a PC can do and this include gaming, mouse/keyboard gaming is the combo I find gives the best feeling.

I wish I had the money to do that. It's too expensive for me to upgrade the PC every 6 months - one year so I can play every game.

Yeah, the only problem I found out yet is that I'm crazy about 3D and I bought the 3D Vision kit one month ago. That's not the problem as it is not expensive. I can play TF2 high details no problem (awesome!) but I just bought Metro 2033 (50% off on Steam this week) and I can't play it like I would like in 3D. My 8800GTS 512 is now showing some weakness. The problem is that I'm not yet ready to buy current AMD/NVIDIA solution for now, too expensive and I don't have a good feeling about what they offer.

I guess I will wait a few more months and play Metro 2033 later, anyway I'm a busy guy.

MafiotuL said,
I wish I had the money to do that. It's too expensive for me to upgrade the PC every 6 months - one year so I can play every game.
You dont have to upgrade anywhere near that often. If you have a decent rig from the get go you can probably last two or three years on a single hardware revision. You'll just have to lower some settings to 'Mid' in the later years but thats not a huge issue usually.

I'm personally sticking with consoles for games, had enough headaches with computers in general with game glitches, bad graphics drivers, and low fps on high end hardware to put me off now. And in addition to what Smigit said, lowering settings to run a game smoothly on a PC that's starting to date is something I don't like either. Will only play the occasional PC exclusives such as Starcraft II and Diablo III though.

Pfff. It's nice. But I can't buy it because my 'old' one is not dead yet. Maybe I have to comit murder on my 360 and buy this one.

ryoujikaji said,
Finally a reason to get an xbox 360
So... your only criteria when choosing a games console is how it looks on the shelf?

if the slim xbox 360 deliver a blu-ray drive,that's no way other console can come close to this device|
one of the biggest selling point for the Ps3 is BD drive but it won't change the way how we play with the game just an additional feature. Kenict is great for family,children,teenages and especially gamer as well...another things is that Ps3 slim look awful compare to the slim Xbox 360..o0...original ps3 is way sexy!

IphoneMini said,
...another things is that Ps3 slim look awful compare to the slim Xbox 360..o0...original ps3 is way sexy!

So, you're a fan of shiny black. I prefer matte myself, and have both an original elite and ps3 slim.

I disagree. I think the PS3 slim is potentially the best looking current revision of a console, mostly in part to its matt finish. The original PS3 looked nice if kept clean but its a dust and finger print magnet and was too large and this Xbox will take on the first of those issues.

Original Xbox 360 is the best looking imho. The colour of it was less generic and interesting IMHO.

kinect have the function of wii and grahpic of ps3.new design+kinect,pretty cool.the old xbox 360 look very childish but glad there's changes.

Am I the only one that thinks it looks absolutely disgusting? WiFi is nice and it looks like they shaved a respectable amount of baggage off, but I think the chunky one looks much nicer.

Mike Brown said,
Am I the only one that thinks it looks absolutely disgusting? WiFi is nice and it looks like they shaved a respectable amount of baggage off, but I think the chunky one looks much nicer.

Disgusting no, it's a somewhat generic design so I assume you hate every other "black box" device out there?

CarlMS said,

Disgusting no, it's a somewhat generic design so I assume you hate every other "black box" device out there?

Yeah, I guess disgusting was the wrong word. It just looks like one of those ridiculous "gaming PCs" with the glossy plastic and lines and stuff...oh and it looks like it's been dropped...

Sethos said,

Drama queen much?

Exactly. It's a bit annoying that Mike Brown and others act like Microsoft made a YouTube video of Steve Ballmer's white fat ass laying a piece of **** in front of the camera saying "this is the real deal guys!" So I think you guys have to keep these words like 'disgusting' to yourself. Saying you feel like you've seen this design done before is acceptable and we're okay with that. But obsessing and exaggerating saying words like that...it's just hard to take you serious, you can't be that unbelievably picky...

Electric Jolt said,

Exactly. It's a bit annoying that Mike Brown and others act like Microsoft made a YouTube video of Steve Ballmer's white fat ass laying a piece of **** in front of the camera saying "this is the real deal guys!" So I think you guys have to keep these words like 'disgusting' to yourself. Saying you feel like you've seen this design done before is acceptable and we're okay with that. But obsessing and exaggerating saying words like that...it's just hard to take you serious, you can't be that unbelievably picky...

Someone isn't allowed to think its ugly?

Mike Brown said,
Am I the only one that thinks it looks absolutely disgusting?

I suppose you are the kind of person who describes hot-dogs as tasting "awesome".

I don't really get the backlash here. It's obviously trying to appeal to hardcore gamers to the point that it just looks lame...maybe it looks better in person but in photos it looks like someone remembered during the design process that they're designing something to go next to a TV and not a kids toy, so they threw loads of gloss over it to make it look "premium". It looks like I'm in the minority here and I'm not sure why.

Take a look at the original 360. The curves against the straight edges, the matte white against the chrome...it looks like a lot more thought went into it and it looks great.

Alladaskill said,
So, did we decide if you can lay this down or it must be standing?

if you look at the last picture. you can see tiny feet. so, i am going to say you can lay this thing down.
My question is if i were to buy this, how do i transfer all my stuff from old xbox to the new one?

Alladaskill said,
So, did we decide if you can lay this down or it must be standing?

It's highly doubtful this would be standing only. That would instantly make ii unattractive to anybody with cabinets, racks, etc.

d4diesel said,

if you look at the last picture. you can see tiny feet. so, i am going to say you can lay this thing down.
My question is if i were to buy this, how do i transfer all my stuff from old xbox to the new one?


I'd assume HDD transfer kit, like before.

d4diesel said,

if you look at the last picture. you can see tiny feet. so, i am going to say you can lay this thing down.
My question is if i were to buy this, how do i transfer all my stuff from old xbox to the new one?

I hope they have a transfer kit with them, they need to. Also the new ones have the hdd inside right? Or what? I can't tell.

GP007 said,

I hope they have a transfer kit with them, they need to. Also the new ones have the hdd inside right? Or what? I can't tell.

The Elites did not have a transfer cable available when they launched, you had to ring MS and get them to send you one.

Yes the HDD is internal. I was watching the little video on the new design on the Xbox 360 and it is user removable by what the video showed.

Martog said,

The Elites did not have a transfer cable available when they launched, you had to ring MS and get them to send you one.

Yes the HDD is internal. I was watching the little video on the new design on the Xbox 360 and it is user removable by what the video showed.

Right, but since this is so new and the hdds are so new that you can't use the old ones it wouldn't hurt. Actually I've heard the new 360 has the transfer software built in, don't need a CD, so just a cable I guess.

d4diesel said,

if you look at the last picture. you can see tiny feet. so, i am going to say you can lay this thing down.
My question is if i were to buy this, how do i transfer all my stuff from old xbox to the new one?

If it really comes down to it, you just have a lot of re-downloading to do, but a transfer kit would be nice.

GP007 said,

Right, but since this is so new and the hdds are so new that you can't use the old ones it wouldn't hurt. Actually I've heard the new 360 has the transfer software built in, don't need a CD, so just a cable I guess.

Actually the new XBE software release has the transfer software built-in. Not just the console. The last drive transfer I did automatically recognized the transfer cable and prompted. They also allow you to do selective transfers. Anyways looks like they got a new drive enclosure design now.

freak180 said,
Nice!!! sexy black finally lol

Black 360s have been around for quite a while, although this one is nice and shiny.

/also a fingerprint magnet I bet

Master1 said,
A spec bump would have been nice but I'm definitely getting one of this new Xbox 360 Slim
They were never going to give it a spec bump so long as it was still Xbox 360... you can't have multiple versions of the same console with different specs. Besides, no developer could ever use that improved spec. Any game developed to take advantage of that spec would instantly eliminate the majority of their userbase who could not play that new game.

TCLN Ryster said,
They were never going to give it a spec bump so long as it was still Xbox 360... you can't have multiple versions of the same console with different specs. Besides, no developer could ever use that improved spec. Any game developed to take advantage of that spec would instantly eliminate the majority of their userbase who could not play that new game.

You could have the game check console revision and turn on/off specific effects depending on that revision so it could still be played among all users.

JamesWeb said,
Tell that to Sony.
The fundamental spec of the console is still the same... CPU, GPU, RAM, etc. Changes in HDD size, ports, etc do not count.

+shinji257 said,
You could have the game check console revision and turn on/off specific effects depending on that revision so it could still be played among all users.
Not really viable. That would increase the development and testing requirements of the game and make developing games for the console more expensive.

KeR said,
I don't like it, the old one looks nicer...this looks like a Dell computer case.

My thoughts exactly. What is this an Xbox inside a Dell XPS gaming machine?

Price isn't that bad though.

presence06 said,

My thoughts exactly. What is this an Xbox inside a Dell XPS gaming machine?

Price isn't that bad though.

More like a ps3 ripoff

presence06 said,

My thoughts exactly. What is this an Xbox inside a Dell XPS gaming machine?

Price isn't that bad though.

Dudes, The original Xbox 360 looks like it's in a DELL computer case too. I find the Slim version much nicer.

Cupcakes said,
Definitely tempted to buy one.. It'll match my Drobo FS and monitors .

You love that Drobo unit don't you? Well, I guess I would too if it were free

Nice to see the power adapter build in, in case of cable management. Plus the build in WiFi is looking rather interesting for me. Might pick one up as soon as my old one starts to RROD.

Starbuck84 said,
Nice to see the power adapter build in, in case of cable management.

You sure about that? It's not just a new connection for the external power supply?