October 28th 2009 7:01 am PT

Xbox 360 System Update – Wireless Adapter WPA2 support


The team has released a system update for the Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE.

Sometime over the next few hours when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you’ll be back online in a few moments.

This update does not include the Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune features. Those will be coming to Xbox LIVE later next month. This update adds WPA2 support for the Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter.


Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Nintendo Tim

    Does this happen to have support for the wireless-N adapter that’s supposed to be coming out next month?

  • Krestniy

  • DeeJayEye45

    I still haven’t gotten this update, and it’s been hours…

  • EvilTrovis

    Do you not get the update if you have the preview program update?

    I just played for about an hour AND did a network test (normally prompts updates if I don’t get them at startup) and nothing happened.

  • Surly x Duff

    I have two consoles–my main, which is in the preview, and a 2nd that is primarily used for Netflix that is NOT in the preview. The non-preview system recieved the WPA2/memory card killer update. So for those wondering, I believe the preview includes the WPA2 already.

    As for the disabling of memory cards, I agree–more notification for such a move was needed. Just posting the news on Major’s blog is not enough. Especially when messing with users who use the memory cards instead of a hard drive. The only option they had prior to the update is to purchase another card or HDD, at an exorbitant price. That’s IF they checked the blogs regularly. Other users are just flat out hosed, though they purchased the cards legally, and likely did nothing wrong to begin with. Garbage move MS.


    Anyone experiencing slower startup times after downloading this update? It seems like my box just magically slowed down.

  • EveofLight

    Netflix is coming to PS3? Awesome! Another reason why I’m getting a PS3 next yr. I don’t have to pay to stream movies on my console when my PC is off. It makes me laugh when MS says you get to use Facebook, Twitter, and LastFM FREE on the XBox360 but yet you have to pay for gold to use it ಠ_ಠ
    I was brokenhearted when my system updated and I thought it was the preview. Nice to know they updated this wireless thing.

  • Misaki Ki

    @EveofLight – Yeah, it’s more of a slap when they things they rolled out were fairly limited as well. Such as no photo uploading in Facebook. Oh well.

    I understand the things we have tend to be of higher quality, but the price is getting harder to justify as the years go on.

  • tMongoose

    @ HUM CHEE, try clearing the cache

  • CRush xSDGx

    i think its about time the network adapter drops in price now. its only logical

  • GS HaXoR

    @ CRush xSDGx

    Logical to a normal person.

    Microsoft believes that their products do not depreciate in value over time.

  • Huch

    @GS HaXoR – NICE! I am going to spread this info around.

  • WraithTDK

    Wonderful. So we didn’t get any new features with that update but hey, I see my memory card no longer works. Didn’t you say that was going to happen in November? Thanks loads for screwing over your paying customers. It’s bad enough that even though I pay a monthly fee for a Gold membership, my dashboard is littered with advertisements that aren’t even for gaming products (but hey, who doesn’t want a McDonalds Double Cheeseburger dashboard theme, right?), but now I can’t use the memory card that I bought for perfectly legit reasons. For crying out loud, I’d BUY a 4GB memory card from Microsoft if they MADE one, but they DON’T, so why shouldn’t I be able to buy one from someone else untill Microsoft releases one?

  • xTye

    My question is, why was it there when the adapter released, and only just now given to us?

  • Tyrant Dunn

    @xbox sonic where did you get those lady gaga sunglasses? theyre awesome

  • Dj Ron360

    I have not yet received the WPA2 update, is this because I have the preview update?

  • EXL Unit

    I find the fact that my Memory Card that I purchased to use with good intent (nothing more than to put my profile and DLC on, so that I can play at my friends house) no longer works. You had said that they would not work once the twitter/facebook/whatever update was applied. Well your little update for this adapter has disabled it. I am very upset over MS disabling these anyway. Ya know, not all people are crooks. I wanted to use the memory unit for nothing more than stated above. And i read the reasoning was because of hackers. Well, people are going to hack your system regardless of what you do. There will always be people finding ways. Way to punish you faithful customers for trying to conserve money in harder times. I know of three people and myself that will not be renewing our Live accounts next year. And two of them have already went and purchased a PS3 and intend to use it exclusively once their Live subscription is expired. It’s sad that MS won’t let their customers have a choice in what they wish to use on the console that they OWN.

    As for these updates. I feel certain that yesterdays update was for the memory cards not for said adapter. And the twitter crap. Meh. I would rather have my Memory Unit and some cool updates.

  • Zacabeb

    The WPA2 functionality is already in the preview. I tested it yesterday, and am still trying to get over the shock that it actually worked.
    Regarding the memory card killer part, I think it would be hilarious if the workaround is simple. I think a lot of people owning “unauthorized storage devices” are going to learn a lot about the other means of exploration that will allow them access to their data again.
    But personally, I’ve had it.
    The Windows 7 launch party ads, the memory card blockout, asking preview program members to beta test specific movies on Zune on specific days but at their own expense… I’m sorry, but I can’t take this anymore. I’ve decided not to extend my gold membership any further once it expires. You can only date a lunatic for so long before you realize it’s better for both of you to just break up.
    By the way, why wasn’t there a document prop available with Halloween avatar stuff?

  • TheBossMan117

    I like every other datel card user is disappointed by what MS did…but ok, I dont mind that they “locked out” my card…but what DOES get me irritated is that when I was updated I expecting that my card couldnt be recognized or seen anymore…but instead after updating my xbox is stuck on a screen indicating that “No Memory Unit is detected” and when i try to continue it says “update failed” im like wtf? I cant even access my xbox to play offline. I don’t care that I cant use my card, I freggin care that I cant get to my xbox. Anyone else run into this problem?

  • Onza

    That’s why I like wires…

  • Anonymous

    I LOL at AP0LL0G0D on page 1. He doesn’t need security because he has a MAC filter. It’s just an ACL for your access point! People can use tools to monitor your UNENCRYPTED connection and potentially steal information!

  • GS HaXoR

    Just do what i did,
    MS block’s your Max Memory, make yourself a 250GB HDD to make up for it.
    (i would have done it anyway, but this can be my excuse :P)

    This way, Microsoft have just lost £xx.xx from me.
    xx.xx would obviously be a high number based on what they’re charging for official peripherals.

    If i wanted to hack i game, i can still connect my Hard Drive to my PC; i don’t need a Max Memory to do that :|

    Like i’ve said all along, this blocking of ‘unauthorized’ memory units is all about money/charging customers large markups as that is their only option.

  • TheBossMan117

    @ GS Haxor, so like what? You got the same result as I did and you just plugged in another type of memory unit and fixed it? thats all I really wanna know…cause like its killing me not being able to play on my xbox

  • FC360D

    If this update is only for the wireless adapter why does everyone have to update? I would of thought only people that have and use the wireless adapter would have to update.

  • GS HaXoR

    @ TheBossMan117

    There is no fix yet – the Max Memory does not work.

    Datel are supposedly working on a fix – lets hope they can get our Max Memory unit’s working again :D

  • TheBossMan117

    @ GS Haxor
    well I mean did you get the same issue I did? cause i cant get passed the “Memory Unit Not Detected” part and it just sends me to “Update Failed”. im asking if you had used one of THEIR *lame* memory cards and did it let you proceed to the xbox dashboard? ….*sniffles* I just wanna play mass effect :/

  • teajay74

    After installing this update I also had problems with my console, like two other commenters said. It initially worked and it all was running okay, but then when I turned it one this morning it wouldn’t connect to my wireless network and after I tried to do re-set up the connect the system froze as I was entering my wireless key. I restarted the console and had a go of GTA4 Ballad of Gay Tony and the video would freeze for about 10 seconds whilst the sound still played and then go back to normal and then about 30 seconds later it would do the same. It wouldn’t quite crash, just freeze the video for about 10 seconds then go back to normal. I wonder if it is just a coincidence or if the update did something?

    I reset the network settings to default and tried setting up the connection again, went through the troubleshooter which asked me to remove the wireless adapter and put in an ethernet cable and that worked and then I put the wireless adapter back in and now it runs okay. So maybe removing and reinserting the adapter and resetting my wireless to default fixed it up, as I’m not getting any freezes now.

    I’ll post back if it starts playing up again.

  • EXL Unit

    @GS HaXoR

    Some of us actually want to use the Max Memory for nothing more than DLC and profile storage. People hacking them is the reason that I can’t use mine. Even though I have no intention to hack anything. Thanks dude.

  • AnB360

    Italian payer people thank also for Halo Waypoint.
    1 other point of fault.

  • GS HaXoR

    @ TheBossMan117

    I have not encoutered that.
    My Max Memory simply does not show up in the memory section.
    My HDD & official memory unit’s show up fine…
    I guess there must be some differences between official MU’s & Datel’s MU’s if it’s easily detectable/blockable.

    @ EXL Unit

    Hacking what?

    The reason the Max Memory doesn’t work is because Microsoft blocked it as they don’t get any money from Datel.
    They have not been blocked because of ‘hacking’ – what you can hack, i don’t know… probably nothing.
    Maybe it’s a bit easier to copy small files to your 360, but that’s about it.
    Anything over 50mb will take way too long to copy to the microSD card. That’s where the HDD comes in.

  • uRBAN jAMAican

    finally! god, that took long. it should have been in since day one.

  • TheBossMan117

    @GS Haxor
    *cry*….im hoping my theory of inserting one of their lame cards will correct my issue…im HOPING…but thanks anyway, i was looking into getting a 60 gig harddrive…thats all I really need to be honest, im not a big time content person

  • Coffeenator

    @TheBossMan117 @EXL Unit I was this far ::holds fingers about a CM apart:: from buying one of the Datel units in Best Buy a few weeks ago. You can’t find the Official 512MB units in retail anymore and for the same price you could get the 2GB unit from Best Buy.

    I was there to pickup a power cord ($12?!?!!!) because I was moving my son back into the dorms and he had misplaced one of his and I was pissed at the price and did not want to give them any more money than I had to at the time.

    Why is it I can buy power cables for $2 online and HDMI cables for $8, but I go into a retail store and they think they can charge $12 & $35????

    Gripeing about prices, the Official MU should really be priced like $10 US or $15 US for a pair to be reasonable priced. A larger capacity version would be nice also like a 2GB or $20 would be nice also. Neither the PS3 or Wii require the use of proprietary memory modules to store saves, profiles or DLC on.

  • Coffeenator

    Why is the formatting of the comments so poor on this site.

  • TheBossMan117

    @ Coffeenator

    its simple posting, ANYWAY…i went and got a 256 memory card plugged it in and it still didnt fix my problem…thank god I can at least take the card back and get some other game or something for it *sigh*…but my xbox is still stuck…im afraid that my xbox might be fraked…

  • EXL Unit

    @ Coffeenator

    Luck You. I sent an email to MS before I purchased one. And the rely i got stated that any 360 product on the shelf for storage devices were okay to use on the 360. So I bought it (3 weeks ago) and now it doesn’t work. Needless to say. I’m jacked about it. MS Support cost me $40 for a hunk of junk that no longer works.