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Xbox 360 Slim confirmed, priced

Xbox 360 Slim confirmed, priced

The Xbox 360 Slim has been confirmed by Microsoft and will retail at $299 USD at launch.

Microsoft has confirmed yesterday's rumours about a new Xbox SKU, the Xbox 360 Slim, which were sparked by leaked Italian adverts ahead of Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference.

Microsoft's announcement reveals the Xbox 360 Slim to include a 250GB hard drive and built-in wireless N, as well as being compatible with Microsoft's new Kinect controller. The Slim will also feature a fifth USB slot and is reportedly much quieter than previous models.

The release date for the Xbox 360 Slim isn't totally nailed down yet - Microsoft has claimed a US launch of later this week, but the leaked adverts from yesterday suggest a possible worldwide launch. Complicating things further are rumours that the console will be late to Europe and the UK and won't arrive until July 16th.

In terms of price, the Xbox 360 Slim will debut at $299 USD (£199 GBP), the same as the Xbox 360 Elite.

Older Xbox 360 models will be discounted to help drive sales too. The Xbox 360 Arcade SKU will fall to $149 USD, while the 120GB Elite will tumble from $299 to $249 USD, according to VentureBeat.

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Plugs 15th June 2010, 11:32 Quote
Its not called the Xbox 360 Slim, just the New Xbox 360
steve30x 15th June 2010, 11:42 Quote
no its officialy called the Xbox 360 S*
popcornuk1983 15th June 2010, 11:44 Quote
It's worth it just for the noise reduction. Plus my xbox is almost 3 years old so I'm fecked if it RROD's on me! It would be a bit cheeky of them to call it slim snce it's only 15% shorter but the same width and thickness of the first one.

Does anyone know if Microsoft or a retailer will be offering a discount if u hand over you existing xbox? If not eBay here we come!
BentAnat 15th June 2010, 11:47 Quote
This is GREAT news for me, what with my 360 being broken again.
See - the beauty now is that (with the way that shop warranties work), I could go buy an arcade, and then if that RROD's get a Slim, provided that the arcade is no longer available.

Of course, If i can afford it, i'll still go for the slim... lower noise, seemingly lower heat, lower power consumption, Wireless.... life should be a bit better with that. ;)
Cadair 15th June 2010, 11:48 Quote
I am hoping for some good trade-in deals, I quite fancy the 250GB HDD and bulit in wi-fi!
cjoyce1980 15th June 2010, 11:58 Quote
will get one later in the year, when it will most likely to come with a 500GB HDD and Kinect
perplekks45 15th June 2010, 12:05 Quote
My Elite is running strong and proud for the last 18 months now. I'm fine, thanks.
Flibblebot 15th June 2010, 12:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by popcornuk1983
Does anyone know if Microsoft or a retailer will be offering a discount if u hand over you existing xbox? If not eBay here we come!
You could try trading in your old Xbox at Game then using the credit against the new one.

I don't find the noise t that much of a problem since the update that allowed you to install games to the hard drive. It's nothing that can't be cured by turning the volume up ;)
Plugs 15th June 2010, 12:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve30x
no its officialy called the Xbox 360 S*
ah... well thats the name on the console.
But that S doesnt mean Slim, could equally mean small, sleak, special, sport

and MS are marketed it as "the New" rather than "S" yesterday
only time will tell what sticks
Skiddywinks 15th June 2010, 12:28 Quote
Wow, I was thinking of buying a new 360 anyway since mine is on the way out, but now this has just really thrown me. For the price I was looking to spend, I could now get this. But then, the cheaper versions have just gotten even cheaper.

Hmmm...
Fabou 15th June 2010, 12:37 Quote
Why are they having such an hard time to get it small. Whereas it's already hot in there. A spacious with good vent's would be better I think.
Instagib 15th June 2010, 12:45 Quote
Are the standard hdd compatible? I can't be bothered if i have to lose all my gamer data.
cyrilthefish 15th June 2010, 12:49 Quote
Am i the only one who thinks the new design is horrible? :p

They copied 2 of the things i hated about the PS3's design:
-ugly (fingerprint-magnet) glossy black plastic
-those touch-sensitive style buttons.

The hardware revisions sound great, but IMHO they severely beat it with the ugly stick :|
NuTech 15th June 2010, 12:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Instagib
Are the standard hdd compatible? I can't be bothered if i have to lose all my gamer data.
No, they're not. But you can get a data transfer kit for $20.
Blademrk 15th June 2010, 13:22 Quote
or you can use a USB stick (since the last update) to copy your saves/games accross.

I like the new design (I think, would have to see one up close).
NuTech 15th June 2010, 13:31 Quote
What he said.

Also, don't forget to transfer your licences.
devdevil85 15th June 2010, 15:34 Quote
Even the external power supply is smaller! lolz

What a joke. 15% smaller yet it still requires external power for all that damn heat.
erratum1 15th June 2010, 17:57 Quote
Looks better than the original, bit like a freeview box.
Eggy 15th June 2010, 19:24 Quote
Don't like the look. Same styling as Alienware.
knuck 15th June 2010, 20:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
Am i the only one who thinks the new design is horrible? :p

They copied 2 of the things i hated about the PS3's design:
-ugly (fingerprint-magnet) glossy black plastic
-those touch-sensitive style buttons.

The hardware revisions sound great, but IMHO they severely beat it with the ugly stick :|

No you're not. I like the simple look of the 360. No, I didn't like it, I just didn't hate it. I thought they ruined it when they release the Elite because the black just doesn't fit. Now with this.. meh
llamafur 15th June 2010, 22:59 Quote
hmm, new xbox.



I'll stick with my PC.
Oggyb 15th June 2010, 23:15 Quote
I don't own a console but from the countless 360s I've played on the one thing that pissed me off was the noise of the fan, particularly during late-night gaming. If the noise level has retreated the console will suddenly appear more worthwhile as an investment.

Also, I like the new styling.
Amor 16th June 2010, 00:14 Quote
But can it run Crysis?
dark_avenger 16th June 2010, 01:02 Quote
I think they should have kept the same size and just put the PSU inside as well, seems like a much better idea...
Unicorn 16th June 2010, 01:10 Quote
I hope they:

1. Did something about the cooling - not likely in a smaller enclosure
2. Put wireless on board - Check
3. Put the PSU in the chassis - Not likely
4. Added Optical audio out - not likely
5. Made it a lot quiteter - see point 1.
6. Added a bluray player - ???

So yeah... I remain unconvinced. My Halo 3 edition 360 is still going strong, but only because I treat it like a child. It'd have RRoD'd long ago if I didn't.
Lazarus Dark 16th June 2010, 01:46 Quote
Okay... $150 for a 360 arcade... I'm finally sold. I'm a dedicated Nintendo fanboy, but I've been jealous of all the 360 features. For instance, a Netflix Roku costs $100. But at $150, the 360 could do it better and with all the other xbox features as a bonus. I was actually thinking about a Roku, but at $150, I'm sold on the 360 arcade.
Horizon 16th June 2010, 02:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn
I hope they:

1. Did something about the cooling - not likely in a smaller enclosure
2. Put wireless on board - Check
3. Put the PSU in the chassis - Not likely
4. Added Optical audio out - not likely
5. Made it a lot quiteter - see point 1.
6. Added a bluray player - ???

So yeah... I remain unconvinced. My Halo 3 edition 360 is still going strong, but only because I treat it like a child. It'd have RRoD'd long ago if I didn't.

1. had to, since it is unlikely old cooling would fit in new case
2. Put wireless on board - Check
3. They didn't. shame.
4. Added
5. They have apparently
6. doubt it will ever happen.

tomorrow's news on bit-tech

http://www.engadget.com/photos/xbox-360-250gb-first-unboxing-0/
http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/15/new-xbox-360-guide-microsofts-slim-console-explained/
Bauul 16th June 2010, 10:02 Quote
Elite + Hard Drive Installation = sound not a problem, so I'm not so fussed about upgrading. I'd probably always install to the HDD anyway as it makes loading so much faster.

I rather like the new design though, black always looks better than white, and I personally don't see the problem with the glossy black or touch-buttons. Firstly, how often do you pick up your XBox? And secondly, how often do you actually touch your console? The only part of my console I've physically touched in six months is the eject button, the joypad does everything else.
veato 16th June 2010, 10:16 Quote
Think I might upgrade. I have a 3yr old Xbox and have added over time WLAN and 120GB HDD. The bigger HDD will be useful so will the colour given everything else in my cabinet is black (Sony BDP-S360, Freesat) plus some new warranty and quiet running. Will see if any good game bundles get released before Xmas and have a punt.
crazyceo 16th June 2010, 10:29 Quote
I actually like it and have one in both kids rooms and under the main tv in the house. I'll be upgrading at least two of them to this new one when released.
kempez 16th June 2010, 10:48 Quote
I upgraded to a PS3 Slim for the extra functionality of bitstreaming HD sound (so I could get rid of a Blu Ray player). This doesn't really add anything functionally for me apart from being quieter and WiFi and considering my Xbox connects via a cable, I see no point.

I do see it as a good buy for new owners though.
Skiddywinks 16th June 2010, 12:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn
I hope they:

1. Did something about the cooling - not likely in a smaller enclosure
2. Put wireless on board - Check
3. Put the PSU in the chassis - Not likely
4. Added Optical audio out - not likely
5. Made it a lot quiteter - see point 1.
6. Added a bluray player - ???

So yeah... I remain unconvinced. My Halo 3 edition 360 is still going strong, but only because I treat it like a child. It'd have RRoD'd long ago if I didn't.

I'm pretty sure I have had optical out since my first 360.
_Metal_Guitar_ 16th June 2010, 13:47 Quote
Just another average box of 5/6 year old tech. Yawn.
Elledan 16th June 2010, 14:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bauul

I rather like the new design though, black always looks better than white, and I personally don't see the problem with the glossy black or touch-buttons. Firstly, how often do you pick up your XBox? And secondly, how often do you actually touch your console? The only part of my console I've physically touched in six months is the eject button, the joypad does everything else.

The PS3 is black & glossy and it's a certified dust magnet. After just a few days it seems to be covered in specks of dust, lint and the touch-sensitive areas get really dirty with use. It's basically the same with the PSP which gets disgusting after a few hours of use as well.

I'm glad my DSi isn't glossy :)
bw67958 16th June 2010, 15:13 Quote
That's handy - little lad wants one so I get his PS3!
Blademrk 16th June 2010, 15:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I'm pretty sure I have had optical out since my first 360.
yep, the TOSLINK was on the AV cable which caused a bit of a problem if you wanted to use the HDMI port (on the later models) as you needed to use a break-out box* which contained the TOSLINK (and Left/Right RCA ports) to get sound to an external amp, this time the TOSLINK is on the actual chasis.


* The break out box only came with either the Elite or the MS HDMI cable kit.
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