Monday, June 14, 2010

Xbox 360 Slim Photos, Details Outed

Thanks to both Major Nelson's Flickr Photostream and Kotaku, we've got our first look at the new 360 Slim (not the official name; however, it's being called the New Xbox 360 (think along the lines of New Xbox Experience, "NXE," so I guess the new abbreviation will be NX360), spec sheets list it as Xbox 360 250GB still, but the original 360 is called just that, the Xbox 360 Original) as well as a brief, rough-n-dirty tech spec sheet that came with the free slims Microsoft handed out after the conference.

The photos don't do much, but they do show off the back of the unit, where there are some much welcomed additions. Built-in optical audio support, three USB ports on the back (two on the front behind a hide-away panel) and a port labeled "AUX," which, according to the spec sheet, is solely for the Kinect. Now, I won't have to keep my HD-DVD to be used as a USB-hub. Thanks, Microsoft!

I can only derive one thought: DO WANT.

UPDATE: It appears that the 360 Original won't be produced, and that once the available stock is gone, it's gone. The Arcade seems to be getting a refresh (probably white, smaller capacity HDD) and that should fill in the $199 void that the 360 Original is currently at. The exact date for the 360 Slim is this Friday at the earliest, and Sunday at the latest. The price changes for the 360 Original should take effect Tuesday (that's tomorrow!). [Via Engadget]

Check past the break for the spec sheet and the image gallery.

If you can't read it, here's what it says:

  • Form Factor: Sleek, lean and gloss black finish and chrome accents. Place vertically or horizontally in any living room entertainment center. (Ed. note: PS3 influence?)
  • Touch Sensitive Buttons: Turn the Xbox 360 video game system on/off and eject a disc with the swipe of a finger. (Ed. note: More PS3 influence? Shocker.)
  • Whisper Quiet: Whether you're playing a DVD disc or from the hard drive, or navigating the dashboard, with the all-new and much quieter Xbox 360, the only noise you'll hear is your own laughing, cheering and playing. (Ed. note: thank god)
  • Wi-Fi: Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast, easy connection to your friends and entertainment on Xbox LIVE. (Ed. note: the 'n' spectrum is backwards compatible with the 'g' spectrum, so your wireless-g router can still work with the Slim)
  • Hard Drive: 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage. To access, remove the bottom panel by pushing the small tab toward the front of the console.
  • Kinect-Ready: Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor for controller-free fun.
  • USB Slots: Five USB ports; three in the back of the console and two in the front for easy plug and play.
  • AV Connections
    • AV Cable included for standard definition TV connection.
    • HDMI port for high definition TV connection.
    • Optical Audio out port integrated on back of console for AV system connection.
  • Power Supply: Smaller and more efficient, Xbox 360 250GB and Xbox 360 Original power supplies are not interchangeable.
  • Wireless Controller: The award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller matches the console in all black with color-matched thumbsticks and directional pad with a touch of gloss and chrome to complete the look. (Ed. note: I did not see any visible changes in any of the images seen on other sites, so this is news to me. Let's hope the D-pad is better to use)
  • Backwards Compatible. Your favorite accessories and games will work with Xbox 360 250GB. (Xbox 360 External Hard Drives and Memory Units are not compatible.) (Ed. note: Who's got two thumbs and predicted them dropping MU support? This guy!)
  • Accessories. Customize your Xbox 360 250GB with matching black accessories, including favorites such as Controllers, Wireless Headset, Chatpad, Quick Charge and Play & Charge Kits and more. Get a look at a few of these today.
  • Key Internal Components Changes:
    • Fan: Move from two small fans to one large fan for improved acoustics.
    • Chipset: 45 nanometer and integrated CPU and GPU.
    • Wi-Fi: Integrated wireless capability.

Happy unwrapping!

As promised, here's the image gallery.