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

  • thefalcon2k

    So, will this update affect those of us with Facebook, Twitter, & Last.fm?

  • hydroxyde

    Wow. The 360 wireless adapter didn’t know about WPA2 until now?
    That’s terrible.

  • Krammeh

    That’s what I was then going to ask, TheFalcon2k

  • XenoLair

    Bah, id rather have a small wireless access point next to my 360 than the wireless network adapter. Cheaper, better, WPA2 support already – well everything about networking supported already(if the WAP is good)

  • Xbox Sonic

    awesome. WPA2 is a must support.


    downloading now .. thanks major :)

  • Naquadah

    holy crap after alllllllllll this time? damn thats bad, wpa2 has been on the go for ages!

  • WPAK

    What happens if you are in th Xbox Live preview program? Do you receive the update?

  • AL0IS

    Thanks for the explanation Major

  • AnB360

    Are the 360 wireless adapter not WPA2-able until now? So expensive and not updated…
    There’s something wrong in the last time in MS policity..
    1 example? The brutal legend dlc: for us 400 mp, for ps3 free for 2 weeks.
    And so on..

  • Mikro

    Looks like xbl previewers don’t get this update I’ve not seen it I’ve been on for a bit

  • Crazy Skater72

    I signed in this morning and I got the Preview Progam update than after I installed it I got the Wireless update thing he is talking about here and My Preview Program Went away what the crap


    My guess this is actually support for WPA2 in the console, to allow it to “talk” WPA2 to the adapter. It makes far more sense for them to not have had WPA2 support in a console that’s been out for almost four years now than to not have it in the adapters themselves, especially with the new Wireless-N adapter coming.

  • RangerPrimeX

    PS3 got the Joker DLC exclusive. 360 got GTA4 DLC as well as Fallout 3 DLC first. It is all in the deals,
    360 losing the Netflix streaming exclusive on consoles with PS3 getting it next month; that will be huge, That was a powerful counterpoint to no blu-ray support on the 360. It would be nice if 360 support external blu-ray drives even if they did not make it themselves.

  • Ganon255

    Maybe you guys can update the price on the adapter next?

  • excommodog

    Will this update remove the preview, yes or no?

  • SwizzlesMum

    My update froze my xbox then failed. wtf? do these updates get tested or what? firstly i dont need the update. secondly i dont need my 360 being bricked by shoddy workmanship.

  • WPAK

    I asked the question regarding to the preview in the preview forums and te response was that nothing will happen to people who are in the Preview Program. It’s only related to the wireless Adapter

  • excommodog

    thanks wpak

  • Huch

    @Ganon255… Don’t hold your breath.

  • IconicSoulJA

    LMFAO!! The expensive as hell adapter didn’t have WPA2 support. Ripoffs. LOL. Thanks for the late support update. I mean my Treo 800w supports WPA2 and that’s a year old.

  • Tirkon

    Maybe mandatory wasn’t necessary. Then again, maybe more is involved that has been stated.

  • AP0LL0G0D

    I MAC filter so I don’t give a crap about this update.

  • IconicSoulJA

    They are bringing the Wireless-N adapter support through this update IMHO!

  • WormholeXtreme

    This is good. My MS adaapter sthat only cost me $40 will have WPA2 support. They are not expensive if you look for a deal. Just lik ethe points are cheaper and the XBL service is too if you get them on sale.

  • Podycust

    WPA2 support is already included in the preview! so this update isnt needed!

  • Neo X5

    Nice, it’s about time…I guess their new wireless N adapter lit a fire under them.

  • ShaggyB

    my question is… why now and not with the update next month?

  • Shuvo0o

    Hey, last year I changed my internet plan with a new modem (Netgear DG834GUv5) and my xbox found the wireless modem but cant connect it. I even called Xbox and Netgear center and no one solve the problem. Now I just got this update on Xbox, and I tried to connect Xbox to the modem again and it still has the same problem! I just dont know what to do.

    Can someone please tell me whether Netgear DG834GUv5 is compatibility with Xbox Live or not? Thanks in advance.

  • stststststq

    “1 example? The brutal legend dlc: for us 400 mp, for ps3 free for 2 weeks.

    And so on..”

    1 exclusive 2 week deal means nothing. What about the rest of the year? You’re lucky to get 2 or 3 downloadable games a month on PSN and hardly any of them have demos. Content is often more expensive too. Most of the 800 MS Point stuff (£6.80) is £7.99 on PSN and it’s always on Live first. This site is full of people moaning, but if the grass was greener you’d have switched to a PS3. As a long time owner of both consoles, the grass is certainly NOT greener.

  • Lites

    @RangerPrime – Actually Netflix is still better on the 360. If you didn’t read up on it let me be the first to inform you that to use netflix on your PS3 you need to insert a disc into your PS3 unlike the 360. Just click on the app and go. the PSN network can’t fully support netflix apparently hence the disc that is required.

  • MaliciousX

    Great… I just updated it and I loaded up Forza 3 and now my screen in screwy. The images are there and everything but I’m getting greens and blues dots all over the place. Time to send and email to support.

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    Has anyone found out if Netlfix on the PS3 is going to carry some sort of fee (outside of the minimum $7.99 Netflix)…on XBL you have to be Gold to use it, so that might, MIGHT, be something of an advantage. Like some others have said, I definitely prefer my 360 over my PS3, and even now, the difference in libraries and “exclusive” games is a no-brainer. Once the God of War and Final Fantasy stuff hits it might change a little, but right now I hardly touch the PS3.

  • stststststq

    The minimum package required to use Netflix on the PS3 is slightly more expensive at $8.99 and of course you have to put a disc in every time you want to use it, but other than that there is no extra fee. Live Gold was worth paying for before it had Netflix streaming and that was just a cool addition for folks in the US, so now that another console has got it (albeit, not implemented as smoothly, but that sums up PSN really) it doesn’t really remove value from a Live subscription unless you own both consoles and you were literally only paying for Live Gold so that you could use Netflix, but I doubt that there are many people in that situation. It won’t stop the serial moaners on this blog though! lol.

  • Neo X5

    The netflix feature on the PS3 will initially use a disc. Whether that means they will have an app that is downloaded later down the road or the disc is an install remains to be seen (I saw one article that said it will not need the disc late next year). The disc is free to Netflix subscribers. In the end they are slowly becoming competitive.
    I don’t remember seeing that it will cost more to use netflix on the PS3, as long as you have an account that streams then you will be set, you will pay slightly higher fees to enable blu ray discs to be sent to you…that I know…but that is true for every single netflix subscriber not just the PS3 owners.

  • IxS1KxW1Tx1TxI

    Wow took a hella long time to provide this but no it’s ok my wired network is much better :)

  • JJQuantum

    It’s nice that WPA2 has been added, but they have also added the disabling of unathorized memory units feature that MajorNelson mentioned would happen eventually.

    I’ll miss having a 2 Gig card to move things between my hard drives of my 3 machines and the two drives I have for my main machine (use media extender on the other two). Larger capacity memory cards and/or hard drives are needed now. I know a 250 Gig is coming soon, but not soon enough. A 500 Gig would be better.

    I guess if folks are using these cards to cheat then this is a good move. Why someone would want to cheat in a game which is suppose to be enjoyment and entertainment is very weird to me.

  • Oatmeal25

    It could be worse. You could be stuck with Nintendo’s Apollo era technology.

    Stick with a wired connection and only go wireless if it is your last option.

  • bones37101

    I’m so glad Major Nelson has time to update us on a syatem update this morning but has no word yet on if people who resubmitted their console ID’s will get the preview…..I mean my console was verified Monday and here it is Wednesday and I still have no update along with alot of XBL users that did sign up and resubmitted….Thanks Major…..You da Man

  • stststststq

    bones37101 – I got an email to confirm I was accepted for the preview program, but the update wasn’t rolled out to my console until nearly 4 days later. They’re obviously doing it in waves, so I wouldn’t worry about not getting it straight away as long as you entered in all of your console’s details correctly.

  • bones37101

    I resubmitted my console due to my previous one freezing up on me…..I called Support and gave them all my new info for my system…..My console was verified on Monday and I got the email Friday night….and nothing….I’ll wait though, no biggie

  • N0RDS

    My good it took time. I got so many problem with that until I realize (a few years ago) that my 360 was not able to connect on a WPA2 and have to set it to WPA or WEP. But now its done and thats the first thing ive done this morning set my router to WPA2

  • SpaceNinjaDino

    Better late than never.

  • A Place for Us

    You totally need to update the price too!

  • Sloe Jinn Fizz

    I realize this comment is slightly off-topic, but I couldn’t find any other active post about the latest update. I’m just a casual gamer and wasn’t even aware of this site until this morning. How I got here is the reason I am writing.

    I recently purchased a 2GB Max memory unit which stopped working after today’s update. Now, my complaint isn’t so much that Microsoft locked out unauthorized storage devices, but that no advance warning was given anywhere other than here. It’s ridiculous to assume all Xbox gamers frequent this site. There could have been an announcement on the dashboard or a message sent out to all Live accounts. Ideally, a warning message should have popped up prior to accepting the mandatory update. At least then I would have had an opportunity to move my saved games back to the main drive.

    As it stands I’ve now lost several hundred hours of gameplay which, ironically, is the sole reason I purchased the Max memory unit in the first place. Some games only allow a single save which is constantly overwritten. A couple weeks ago I lost about sixty hours of gameplay in Fable 2 because of a corrupt save file. I initially purchased the official Xbox portable memory unit, but it only allowed saves to be moved rather than copied and that doesn’t help in this situation. After further research I purchased the Max unit from Best Buy, unaware that it was an “unauthorized” storage device.

    Frankly, I’m very disappointed with Microsoft’s handling of this situation and seriously considering switching to another platform. I can accept a certain amount of aggravation from software bugs and hardware problems (I’ve already had to send my console in for a video card failure) but this was deliberate.

  • GS HaXoR

    @ Sloe Jinn Fizz

    Connect your Max Memory microSD card to PC.
    Copy saves+folders to PC.
    Open up you XBOX 360 Hard Drive.
    Connect the drive to your PC.
    Use a program called ‘Xplorer360′ to view folders on your Hard Drive.
    Copy all save folders to the relevant directory.

    Sorted :)

  • GS HaXoR

    @ Sloe Jinn Fizz

    Just spotted this: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/10/28/datel-working-on-remedy-for-its-unauthorized-xbox-360-memory-u/#comments

    Looks like us Max Memory owners still have glimmer of hope :D

    Take that Microsoft!

    PS: I just made myself a 250GB HDD for half the price of the official 120GB, :D :D :D
    Absolute Epicness!

  • Sloe Jinn Fizz

    Thank you, I appreciate the help. Was not looking forward to replaying those games.

  • BkLiveWire

    I never got the update yet.

  • schwa242

    I’m having similar problems as SwizzlesMum. After the update, my Xbox locks up after about ten minutes use. I’ve tried two games (Fable II and Burnout: Paradise), as well as just navigating around on the dashboard. Each time, it freezes within ten minutes or so and I have to reboot. Of course, it could be having another problem entirely and it’s coincidence that it began after the update.