June 14th 2010 7:15 pm PT

Announcing the new Xbox 360


We’ve just announced the new Xbox 360 at the Media Briefing in LA.


New design, 250 GB HDD and built in Wifi N all for US $299.


Pix here


Discuss below

Edit: It is now available for Pre-order


Let me know what questions you have and I’ll answer them here or in an upcoming show.


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

  • Sneltje

    But question remains how do we migrate our data to that new HDD is the connection the same or?


  • Beitamax

    built-in wifi… Thank You MS!

  • wolfzero01

    with the Best Buy warranty on my current 360 about to expire I was going to get an Elite but now might wait a little while & get this. about time you added built in WiFi, its too bad that the hard drive is still proprietary, but atleast you can transfer stuff from an old HDD to the new one

  • Twisk

    I’m on my 7th, yes – SEVENTH Xbox 360. …my latest one is still so crazy loud, mannnnn I wish I had this new model years ago.

    Anyway, great to see a quieter model is finally out. I’m interested in getting one, but I’m very, very, VERY concerned about how these will hold up (will they bite the big one at the rate the original 360s continue to croak?).

  • TripQue

    Richard Mitchell over at Joystiq Xbox reported that the old data-transfer cables would work to move your data and that the software necessary to accomplish the move is built-in to the new console. He also reported that the cable itself will be available for purchase for around $20. Glad I held on to mine from the 120 GB HD kit!

  • aStrangeDisease

    I am buying this. 100% guaranteed. It looks super sexy.
    My wife wants a second Xbox anyway so this is the perfect excuse to buy one.

  • AMT


    Can we put an SSD drive in the Xbox S???????????????

  • chiruno99

    It still looks polly wolly crappy to me.

  • HedlessChickn

    I red ringed last Friday. Got my shipping label today. We’ll see if they send the new 360. I certainly hope so. I’ve gone through 4 of them already.

  • Aynodok

    And as I could see in some unboxing videos the box shows Black Chatpad and black wireless headset. Finally they come black! XD

  • Quicksilver4648

    Someone might have asked this earlier, not sure.

    The new Xbox 360 uses a proprietary hard drive and this leads me to two questions.
    1) Who did Microsoft change to a new hard drive style yet still keep it proprietary?
    2) The new Xbox 360 comes with a 250GB hard drive built in, but will Microsoft offer higher memory levels later on? I know 250GB is a lot but some people will always find a way to fill it up.

  • cinco312

    Before I jump in I need more info. The license transfer is what I’m most worried about. My console died a few months and got a replacement and I had to transfer everything over, and the policy is ONCE per year. Will you guys be changing that? That’s kinda a deal breaker for me.

  • Casserole

    There are no cooling vents round the back, I am impressed.

    Does that mean the fan is to the side, thus the hot air blows out of the top (if in the horizontal position)?

  • TheReverendSlim

    Yes, but WHERE IS THE IR PORT? I’d hate to think that all my video watching and Media Center stuff can’t be controlled by my Harmony 880 anymore. Not a single media outlet has commented on the existence of an IR port on this new model.

  • cinco312


    Oh wow, I didn’t even think of that. I got the Harmony 900 and would literally die if I can’t use it. If I can’t use it, I’m not buying it then. I control my AC and Microwave with this thing.


    Wow…. the PS3 just died! O.O

  • Sneeches

    Pre ordered mine today, should be here monday :) Can’t fucking wait!!!! LOVE IT!!!

  • I DLord I

    So will 3 red rings still indicate a hardware failure on this new model?

  • Atomicow

    Looks like you tried to copy Alienware. Too bad Alienware is ugly as hell.

    I guess, in the end, functionality takes priority though.

  • EndrzGame

    Looks great, I’ll get mine asap. Well done MS! =)

  • Kroesis

    @TheReverendSlim and everyone else asking about the IR:
    You know the flappy part at the fron hiding the USB ports, well there is an suare’ish part just above it enscribed with something I can’t quite make out. If you see the image below from Joystiq, you can see something like an IR receiver behind it.


  • Kroesis

    … my spelling sucks today. Excuse the poor spelling.

  • DavidGX

    And my sisters 360 now has a dieing DVD drive. That’s dead 360 #7 for us so far. Great job, microsoft.

  • ornery owl

    Redesign looks good, I may upgrade to it. Two things come to mind.

    1. Is the new power adapter still going to be louder than the console itself?
    2. I was really hoping Microsoft would announce a blu-ray add-on drive just like the HD-DVD one.

  • mAsTeRCHEIF1234

    Major, is there ever going to be a white version to replace the arcade maybe?

    I never really liked the black look, and if my current xbox goes anytime in the future I would kind of like to be able to pick up a white one again

  • Gooser711

    For those wondering about the IR port, it’s directly behind the bind button.
    see here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2122879

    Now if someone could do some wattage tests that would be great.

  • Arte Venture

    Why 250GB? Why not 1TB? You can get those cheap nowadays.

  • Kroesis

    So.. no more RROD for the Xbox360s, just a Red Power Button of Doom

  • Kroesis

    Major, is the reason for the Xbox360s’s ring of light only being capable of lighting green and having the power icon flash red for errors etc.. because Microsoft want to try to distance this model from the previous models reputation due to the RROD?

  • TheReverendSlim

    I’m on my 13th 360 since launch. I will probably buy one of these just so I don’t have to worry about another RROD. CRACK CRACK CRACK!

  • Bawitdaba1337

    @Arte Venture they are 2.5″ Laptop SATA 5400 RPM drives. You can’t pick them up at 1TB on the cheap. Why Microsoft decided to keep using this style of hard drives puzzles me, they have enough room in this bad boy case to handle standard 3.5″ desktop 7200 RPM drives

  • mccalejk

    lol and OMG @ the people who think there is ANY chance of getting a new Xbox if they send their 10th defective unit in for repair. They won’t even send you a Jasper if you sent in a Falcon.

  • Wingman1977

    MS has announced that all current 360 models pricing has dropped by $50 which means that the arcade is $149, elite $249, FFXIII & Splinter Cell bundles $349. MS also has announced that there will be a arcade version (which would cost $199) of the 360 S (when supplies of the current models have dried up) but didn’t say what it would come with (my bet is that it would come with a 120GB hard drive and it may or may not come with built in wi-fi).

  • RealRuler

    Contemplating getting rid of my Halo 3 edition 360 for this one, only because the 20GB of HD space is finally catching up to me all these years.

  • AMT

    I’m with Bewitdaba!

    7,200 HDD would have been nice. Faster, and larger size options. However, I am holding out slight hope that there will be an upgrade option on these, for SSDs!!!

    Since that probably won’t happen…I am holding out hope that my SSD USB drive will work faster on this 360 compared to the prior 360s. Okay, neither of these possibilities will pan out, but oh well. :|

  • aseddon130

    i should get a free one of these, i’m currently on my 12th and 13th Xbox 360. ha.

    I’ll be buying this day one, it looks sexy!!!

  • CrazyRonIsHere

    Congrats to everyone here. We have all been part of a 5 year long beta test for the 360. Now we finally get to see the real 360 that we expected 5 years ago.

    Personally, I’m still on my first 360, which I know is a rarity. The new 360 looks great but why did it take almost 5 years?

  • fsanhueza

    It´s a beautifull and a great new console, when arrive to Chile I will try to change my actual console for this one!!

    I read yesterday in a newspaper that Microsoft announce that XBOX Live will be available in Chile and a few more countries in September this year!!

    Is that true??. Someone of you can confirm that great new??

    Thanks in advance for your information!!

  • Jerel

    I’m buying one as soon as soon as I find one. I bought mine at launch and it would be nice to finally have one with an HDMI port.

  • Kroesis


    Major Nelson tweets: Later this year Xbox LIVE comes to Brazil, Russia, Poland, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Hungary, South Africa & Czech Republic.

  • TheRev81

    I already paid $300 for an elite console and now they come up with this? Yeah I could say a lot of choice things about Microsoft but they aren’t worth my breath. I refuse to give them any more money for another system, though. Their really not on my ‘good’ list anymore. Unfortunately it looks like I’m going to be going back to Sony as I’m tired of dealing with MS. At least then I’ll get a blu ray also, and even for the same price! As for people asking about why they don’t have blu ray drives on this. Blu ray is registered to Sony, they created it. Do you think they are going to offer it to MS without asking for a TON of money? And as you can see MS just wants more money, they don’t want to spend money.

  • EveofLight

    Thinking about upgrading my console, but I really don’t trust MS to be honest. I already paid to extend my warranty on this console for a yr and will continue to do so; so I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get it fixed whenever it decides to break. I like having something to do at night when I am bored at home. I will wait a couple of months to see people’s videos on Youtube to see the overall performance on this console.

    It comes in my favorite color which is black, wish they had it in another color I like which is red :). I will also wait out for Kinect and see videos on that as well. Remember they may just show us all the glamor but I want to see the consumer’s interaction with it.

  • EveofLight

    Saw a trade in offer in Gamestop and this should be an easy trade up for those who have spent a wad of cash on Microsoft products, my impulsiveness is telling me to get it but I am going to hold out. @_@


  • Wingman1977

    TheRev81, you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Sony doesn’t own the blu-ray tech. Blu-ray was a joint venture between a bunch of companies (Sony being one of them). Sony invented the BDA (blu-ray disc association)which entails all the companies that use the technology. If MS wanted to use blu-ray, they would have to pay the BDA (not Sony) and the money gets divided up. MS don’t want to use the blu-ray tech (at least for this gen) is because they are focusing on digital downloads of movies. Not because of your dumb theory. As far as you buying you’re elite just before the S was released, tough luck. You think Sony gave anything to those who bought a ps3 just before the slim was released? NOPE!!!!! so quit your whining. If you don’t like it, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. You won’t be missed. Anyway, I just picked up my S today @ BB and it looks better in person.

  • uacostajr52

    Game stop has them in stock and have sold out several times in the 3 days. I just called my local GS and the young lady said that with a trade in of the system alone (120 GB) you would need around 200 dollars plus tax included. Microsoft you sly dog. I will wait a few months and see if a non wi-fi model is released. The link that Major placed in the tweet was very informative. Thanks.

  • wolfzero01

    any word on if the license transfer tool will be easier & less restrictive to use? would make getting this a no brainer then

  • chiruno99

    Stop calling it slim. It’s barely smaller than the origonal. The PS3 Slim is Slim and the PS2 Slim is Slim. This new Xbox is only barely smaller but IT’S NOT SLIM.

  • JoJoStarFire

    You know what I just thought of, and probably a couple of gamers out there too. They need to hook up Kinect to Modern Warfare, Gears of War and Halo with a gun prop, that is detected by the cam. I mean if it recognizes a skateboard a gun should be simple; if not with Gears then with FPS. I know lazy people don’t want to lose the use of their beloved controllers, but I would love this type of interaction, with my games; the joysticks mess up so bad sometimes, that the characters move by themselves and also a face scan update for Modern Warfare like Rainbow Six.

  • xeno3d

    This is what the 360 should have been all along. Picked mine up a couple of days ago. It’s not really “whisper quiet” but it is a lot quieter than my older elite.

  • EveofLight

    Picked mine up and I too will say that THIS IS how the 360 should have been made A LONG TIME AGO. This would be my 2nd console purchased, thankfully it only cost me $88 because of the trade in. Its sad how people had to waste money on the accessories only to find out there will be a system with what they were selling separately will come integrated with the new one. I think back to all the HDDs and Memory cards that have been bought for more space to then completely remove the MU and then change the way the new HDD looks and is located. To all those people who thought their elites were special to only find out there was a new one which was black as well and has more memory (laughing at my friend)…oh and to those who bought the MW2 system…ouch O_O!

    MS was very slick not announcing the coming of the new console until after the release of the other stuff. I know they gained a lot of cheese there. That doesn’t make the company seem like its thinking about its consumers. I want to get the Kinect but I will wait till the price is lowered to maybe $99 or if I see it on Ebay cheap.

    I’m hoping this console doesn’t bust on me a few days after I got it like the last one, because I am really digging this new console.