November 10th 2009 2:01 pm PT

Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter now with N

 

Today we announced a brand new Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter that support N. This is a dual band adapter that has two antennas and supports 802.11a/b/g and n connections.  That adapter will be available this Holiday season for US $99.99.

 

Edit: I’ve just uploaded some high res photos of the new adapter

 

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

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    @Lucky 13 X: Yeah I believe its dropping about $10 WOW go figure!I love when I see morons buying these things. Just like the hard drive, THE MOST EXPENSIVE TECHNOLOGY anywhere. But unlike a hard drive YOU DONT NEED THIS PEOPLE!!!

  • SDA3

    Bought the Linksys N adapter over a year ago for $59. Why would we pay $99?

  • PGRZ

    This is going to cost $180 in Australia. For $299 we can buy a new Arcade console.

    Microsoft, you’re kidding aren’t you? What a joke. No wonder so many people are turning to Sony. I’ll be selling my console on eBay for $80 including 10 games if anyone is interested.

  • Surly x Duff

    If the price of the G adapter is what everyone is saying, about $80, that’s seriously dissapointing. I would have bought one for $50 or less, even though cheaper options are out there. I just wanted one for when I take it over to LAN at a friend’s house. Makes things easier if I don’t need to set up a bridge. Ah well, another lost sale for MS.

    Seriously, I’d buy a lot more of the add-ons if they were priced even remotely within reason. Doesn’t make me hopeful on the price of the Natal.

  • Exu

    Greedy bastards.

  • DarkTear81

    Well… the HDD and now the Wireless Stick can be bought for a non-reasonable price (in difference to same accesoires for a PC)…

    Maybe the M$-Staff look at those like “Special Editions” (as in games). They should start selling those as Steelbook Editions or maybe add a NVG or 30″-Doll of Bill Gates (HDD) and Steve Ballmer (Wireless Adapter)…

    I’ll hang onto my cable… for the Xbox. PS3 will stay wireless. Love the build-in stuff.

  • RW RoyalPhD

    cool i’ll get 1

  • EveofLight

    I was thinking of going wireless since my kitten likes to play with the ethernet cables, but MS has made up my mind for me and so easily O_o. I will just have to move my cables around.

  • JQ 117

    I’ll get it if I can trade my Xbox 360 Wireless G Adapter in for the Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter for at least half off, if not then sorry guys but its not worth it. :/

  • EnVy MoNtOyA

    im getting that

  • mchiefvs360

    This will probably make it compatible with my wireless router.

  • ss55goku713

    I like it. Sleek, black. The price is alright for me.

    Waiting to see how much the A/B/G version drops to.

  • ss55goku713

    Forgot to add, any chance of this being part of the Xbox 360 Elite combo? :)

  • CoWb0y FrM HeLL

    [sarcasm]$99 only? What a great deal! Microsoft really cares about us![/sarcasm]

  • blinker flewid

    hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  • StefanTheMongol

    $99…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Sunny Bunny 88

    100 bucks for a piece of plastic and an antenna.

    What a boatload of elf tits.

  • LittleBlueAlien

    lol – $99????

    Unbelievable.

  • NICK982002

    All of the profits must be going into the back of major nelsons pockets

  • Coth 1888

    I have had two xbox 360s pack in on me the first was a disk read error and the other red-ringed, the battery packs last a year tops. The hard drives are shockingly expensive at £1 per GB, The original wireless adapter was not worth the £55 , lets be honest here your track record on the hardware front is piss poor.

    Instead of driving your customers away, you should be offering competative prices this will keep customers happy this generation and also for the next,and not pushing your loyal customers onto other harware that takes this into account.

  • foxhunt99

    MS needs to charge a reasonable price for their games on demand and wireless adapter

  • BLiTzNicK X

    Vote with your wallets! I already did, canceled my Gold membership after having it for at least 5 years. Purchased MW2 on PS3, and won’t buy anything else on the 360 unless it’s a must have exclusive.

  • Lenonn

    $99? No thank you.

  • Lenonn

    $99? No thank you.

  • waldo15

    $99? I mean, when elsewhere in the world one can buy USB WiFi dongles for as low as $20 you release this?! I truly want to hear how MS spins this one up. I remember what the spin machine did for justifying the high price tags of the HDDs: “we get special batches that have tight access timings and blah blah blah”. Is certification an issue? power? the plastics and ID are too expensive?

    I gotta say, doing a quick look around the webs, that one can purchase a wireless ethernet adapter/bridge for far less. A quick Newegg search gives me a $49.90 D-Link DGL-3420.

  • Sly Jon

    DROP THE PRICE DOWN

  • Mortacan

    Wow, really tired of the rip off accessories. Come on I just got a wireless N USB for $19.99.

  • UKresistance

    Wow, what a rip-off.

  • ErTnEc

    How much?? No doubt it will still be stupidly expensive in the UK… Seriously, where do you get these prices from?? Do you have a lucky-dip raffle where you all stick an amount in a hat and just pull out the first one??

    Think I’ll be sticking to CAT5 for now… Another stupidly overpriced accessory, just like the useless “Play and Charge” kits which never charge when plugged in via the cable, yet the battery packs charge fine when plugged into the standalone charger unit… (Yet you say its a faulty battery pack on a NEWLY purchased kit and say buy another…) Over priced Hard Drives which offer value for money (£ per GB) from 10 years ago.. and you give the usual rubbish about access times and latency’s blah blah (FFS its a 5400rpm drive!!) And don’t get me started on this new 250Gb drive which you are only selling WITH a Console (I’ve already filled my 120Gb drive…)

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally anti-xbox, I like the system, the games, the whole online experience (Rather pay for a well managed system in that respect) But the price you charge for Accessories… You really need to rethink your strategy if you want to be competitive nowadays…

  • HiddenTruth

    I can kinda see the reason for the price – most wireless N bridges I found are above $75. It is still a tad steep though.

  • Mystakill

    Here’s how to solve this one: Find some low-priced N routers (online or locally), then check to see if they’re supported by DD-WRT’s firmware (http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database). Set it up as a regular router or bridge it to your existing router. Cheaper and considerably more configurable and functional than Microsoft’s overpriced dongle.

    So, how long before Microsoft starts disabling unlicensed bridges from the Ethernet port? :)

  • aStrangeDisease

    Jeez, save your money.
    Just keep your router/gateway in your entertainment center with your Xbox. Then all you need is 1′ ethernet cable for the best signal possible.
    My PCs can use the wireless.
    Xbox + cat6 FTW.

  • SamF2000

    The more I see how M$ Prices items such as games on demand and wireless antennas the less I buy stuff. To say $99 is high is a terrible under statement. A device like this should cost around $20…its a frigging antenna that Sony and nintendo include in their systems.

  • stststststq

    Neither Sony or Nintendo include wireless N in their systems and there is no way to get it even if you want it. The price of this adapter is high, but it is NOT something that’s built into competing machines. Unless you want to stream full 1080p content, there’s no need real for this anyway, but at least you can buy it if you need it.

  • BryceS

    Just a bizarre, bizarre price. We all know that MS and Sony sell consoles cheap so that they can make money on games. This is a tactic which has worked astonishingly well over the years.

    So why not do the same with accessories like this? If somebody doesn’t want to spend half the price of the console again to get online, then MS can’t sell them a Live membership, can’t sell them Arcade titles, can’t sell them (hugely overpriced) Games on Demand, can’t sell them (hugely overpriced) Zune movies on demand, can’t sell them DLC, can’t show them adverts, etc., etc.

    If MS had any sense whatsoever they would give the wireless adaptors away for free if somebody takes out a Gold Live subscription – they’d make their costs back incredibly quickly. And like gym subcriptions, or Magazine subscriptions, the wonderful thing from their point of view is that when people start paying monthly subscriptions, they can rarely be bothered to cancel them – it’s money for old rope.

  • BryceS

    Just a bizarre, bizarre price. We all know that MS and Sony sell consoles cheap so that they can make money on games. This is a tactic which has worked astonishingly well over the years.

    So why not do the same with accessories like this? If somebody doesn’t want to spend half the price of the console again to get online, then MS can’t sell them a Live membership, can’t sell them Arcade titles, can’t sell them (hugely overpriced) Games on Demand, can’t sell them (hugely overpriced) Zune movies on demand, can’t sell them DLC, can’t show them adverts, etc., etc.

    If MS had any sense whatsoever they would give the wireless adaptors away for free if somebody takes out a Gold Live subscription – they’d make their costs back incredibly quickly. And like gym subcriptions, or Magazine subscriptions, the wonderful thing from their point of view is that when people start paying monthly subscriptions, they can rarely be bothered to cancel them – it’s money for old rope.

  • BryceS

    Same goes for the Hard Drives by the way. If people fill up their memory cards or hard drives then they aren’t buying Games on Demand, Arcade Games, DLC, films, etc.

    MS should be falling over themselves to make it as easy as possible for people to get their hands on more storage space as cheaply as possible, so that they can start filling it with stuff bought from Microsoft.

    Remember that at the moment Microsoft has a monopoly of all downloadable items for the 360. As companies move away from physical media (see the PSP Go for example) then competition authorities are bound to wake up to the fact that it is an extroadinarily bad idea to let just one company set the price for all the content on their console.

    MS should be making the most of this period before they are forced to let other people sell digital content for their console (which will of course start forcing prices down to a fair level).

    Get as many wireless adaptors and as much storage capacity into as many people’s hands as cheaply as possible, as soon as possible!

  • enemy2k

    You should keep the original adapter and drop the price of the old one to 40 bucks.

  • lennieboy16

    if the price goes down then i will think bout it.I will just stick to the wired connection.for now

  • Blue Thunder28

    i’d love to have this but Microsoft prices this like they don’t want people to buy it or something.

  • x ZeroG x

    As a network engineer, I find this price laughable. There are so many other ways to do this it isn’t funny. Personally, I ran a nice CAT6 to my entertainment center, but you could do internet connection sharing with your laptop or a second ($10) nic in a desktop close by, a DD-WRT enabled router ($50). Major, I know you don’t do the pricing, but this is really getting old. It’s no wonder you have people hacking hard drives and your systems – the prices you guys are charging are ridiculous for what you get.

  • n00bIEwaN007

    mo money mo money mo money…it is the M$ way after all…always telling us users ‘more grip, less lip’ I am getting an Elite unit and need a transfer cable. Xbox support twittered me a response letting me know it was going to cost along with the balls to ask me to rate them. This, along with everything else, is the continuation of the x-ploitation of long time users. I may be new to the Live aspects but I do not know how much longer that is going to last along with even more disgruntled users. My .02 in this tight economic time.

 

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