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Microsoft Confirms 'New Xbox 360' & Kinect Release Date

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Confirms 'New Xbox 360' & Kinect Release Date

To those of you who saw the leaked new Xbox ad and cried fake, commiserations. To those of you who put your scepticism to one side, congratulations!

Microsoft has today confirmed both the slim line Xbox, remarkably dubbed the "new Xbox 360" (yes, really). It has also said Kinect (the new name for Project Natal) will launch on 4 November, cost $149 and have 15 titles at launch.

Back to the 'New Xbox 360' (it's going to get old typing that fast) and we learn it isn't really that skinny at all, instead it is about 15 per cent smaller in overall volume which is probably more practical anyway. A black gloss finish replaces the matt finish on the original which is a depressing step backwards (keep your duster handy), but at least the power supply is now lighter, if not much reduced in size.

On top of this - as the leaked ad said - you'll find integrated 802.11n WiFi and a 250GB HDD which isn't backwards compatible with old Xbox drives meaning you'll need a cable or great patience with a USB key to get your old Xbox data across. Furthermore there are now five USB ports (two on the front, three in the back). One of these is a dedicated Kinect port that has more power, but it can't be that much more or older Xbox 360s would not be compatible, current Xboxes will require a separate power adaptor. (Thanks all)

Importantly the new Xbox is much quieter in operation, though there are no reports of how loud the DVD drive is. It also runs much cooler thanks to the swap to a 45nm integrated CPU and GPU and the use of one large slow spinning fan in place of two small fast ones. Superficially the new Xbox has touch sensitive on/off and eject buttons like the PS3 (I prefer physical buttons personally) and the new controllers have chrome Xbox buttons with an Xbox logo on the back and more angular shoulder buttons.

The new Xbox 360 is shipping immediately in the US for $299 (£202) with Europe not getting ours until nearly a month later on 16 July (no GBP/euro pricing as yet). Old model Xboxes will be phased out and Microsoft confirmed production of them has stopped with further new Xbox 360 variations due soon.

All-in-all it's a practical, if not overly inspiring upgrade and one which is definitely welcome.

Update: The UK RRP looks set to be £200 (£199.99), expect cheaper variants (and probably a new replacement for the Elite fairly soon)

Link: Xbox E3 Videos


June 15, 2010, 7:08 am

Correction: Project Natal is now called Kinect (a horrible name choice in my opinion). Monday E3 was horrible. Whats wrong with the industry. Everyone is trying to get their hands on some of that Wii money.

I hope Reggie(highly unlikely) or Kevin Butler & Jack Tretton save the day tomorrow.


June 15, 2010, 10:51 am

The have an unboxing video on Engadget where it clearly shows the concole is labelled Xbox 360 S on the back.

I actually think it looks quite good. Much beter than the advert made it appear yesterday although I don't think it can be called slim in any way.

I need some comparison pics but it doesn't look any smaller than the original. And I can't believe they still have the massive power brick. After four years you'd think they'd be able to shrink it to a decent size. They really need to learn from Sony.

Also Gordon the Slim has proper buttons, not touch sensitive ones. ;-)


June 15, 2010, 11:25 am

No idea if ill get the add-on but *want* the new console, is a shame I only just bought one though cant really justify all that money for superficial reasons.

Also you may want to note Kinetic is not compatible out the box with older 360's and will need a separate power supply to operate.


June 15, 2010, 11:54 am

Not to be pedantic but it's spelt Kinect not Konect and they haven't confirmed a price of $149. Gamestop have it for pre-order at that price but that, as I say, hasn't been confirmed.

I quite like the new look but I've only just bought a 250gb drive so this will be near the bottom of any shopping list I make. Kinect, I see the appeal families and youngsters and think they are doing this correctly from that point of view; but for me, I want a controller that isn't my body.


June 15, 2010, 12:10 pm

Are you doing a seperate article covering "Kinect", or should we joke and laugh about the most cringeworthy press conference ever here? Seriously, grins can't get cheesier than that of the dude who announced that everyone in the crowd was getting a free new shiny shiny xBox...

Still, at least MS did the decent thing and broadcast a live, decent quality (that's video quality, not script or casting quality), video stream of the event. Apple could really learn something there!


June 15, 2010, 12:17 pm

Regarding the kinect port - it must carry quite a lot more power as the original xbox's have to have 1 USB and a mains power brick. This new one on the other hand just has to have the kinect port. It could actually be a USB 3.0 proprietary cable since that can carry more power than usb 2.0 or just an altogether new cable, which wouldn't be surprizing. I really wish they had gone all out for a blu ray drive, user replaceable HDD and a slot load drive - its been 5 years since the original so I think they could do it without miffing loads of owners. I for one really like this new design and if the above was in there I would definitely get one. whereas at the moment I can't decide.

@ Racmania - at the unveiling an empty xbox 360 case was placed over it. It is actually quite a bit smaller (are you certain its only 15%)


June 15, 2010, 12:27 pm

even if it is a misspelling (hard to tell whos - gordons or microsoft's :) ), kinect is a stupid name. i honestly can't tell if microsoft are trying to spell "kinetic" or "connect".

the name "wii" worked because we all secretly laughed at the childish pseudonym for urine, then went out to buy it to see what the fuss was all about :)

Hamish Campbell

June 15, 2010, 12:27 pm

Even I, someone who has never built a PC like device, knows that its quieter with a single, large, slow spinning fan and that this moves the same amount of air as small faster spinning fans. I just don't get why they weren't going for that from the start, on a device that will sit in the living room and play movies!


June 15, 2010, 12:31 pm

I read that Kinect will require it's own power supply if connected to an old Xbox 360, hence why the new one is labelled "Kinect Ready".


June 15, 2010, 12:50 pm

Hi, the Kinect device uses the dedicated port labelled AUX under the Ethernet port. It supplies both power and data to the Kinetc external device. It seems this port is only on the new Xbox 360. Older versions may have to use two USB ports (like external drives on a PC, etc), or some form of external power unit.


June 15, 2010, 1:29 pm

If/when you buy a Kinect it comes with it's own power supply. You don't need to buy one, and there is no way of powering it directly from older 360's. It's just handy that you don't need and extra power source if you plug it in to the new smaller 360.


June 15, 2010, 1:51 pm

As mentioned elsewhere, Older 360s Kinected to Connect* will have an external power unit.

I see no one's yet mentioned Play.com are already taking pre-orders for £199.99 then... http://www.play.com/Games/Xbox...


June 15, 2010, 1:52 pm

*Yes, that was intentional.**

**Yes, I did forget to add this to the end of my last comment...


June 15, 2010, 2:15 pm

I got an Elite before Christmas with Forza and MW2 for £200, so am happy with mine as it only cost £140 (after selling the games). Not overly fussed by this version's looks, but pleased they have finally included Wifi and made it quieter.


June 15, 2010, 2:42 pm

I still can't come to terms with the design. The noise was actually the main reason why I have not bought a xbox, but with this new design, I just can't imagine it in my living room. It still looks like a gamer tower to me, missing skulls and blue LEDs.

I guess I will just have to watch the press shots for a couple of hours, might get to like it then.


June 15, 2010, 3:24 pm

"One of these is a dedicated Kinect port that has more power, but it can't be that much more or older Xbox 360s would not be compatible."

Older 360s aren't compatible, you need a Kinect power supply on those.


June 15, 2010, 4:17 pm

So, do we know if the extra power supply will come with Kinect, or will it have to be purchased separately?

The design has grown on me *a little*, but it does perplex me as to why they've chosen the most criticized design aesthetic of their main rival... That shiny finger print hungry gloss plastic.


June 15, 2010, 4:39 pm

@Cub - As posted earlier, Microsoft have said Kinect will come with it's own power supply, so no need to buy one.


June 15, 2010, 6:59 pm

I loved how Microsoft realised how crap their press conference was and just got the best cheer for FREE XBOX SLIM FOR THE CROWD!

Yeah... Microsoft fails and the only good announcement was MGS:R, which will be on PS3 as well :P


June 16, 2010, 12:24 am

Cub: Funnily enough I thought the PS3 with its glossy finish and touch-sensitive buttons wiped the floor with the 360 in terms of design; the new slim PS3 slim is pretty underwhelming in that respect. With the new generation they seem to have swapped looks, however I have to say the new 360 doesn't appeal to me that much either. For starters I'd have preferred a slot-loading disc drive.

It'll be annoying having to use a separate adapter for Natal, but it's a minor inconvenience considering what it would cost to trade in. P.s. I did mean Natal - I have finally got used to that stupid name, and now they go and replace it with an even more stupid one... why!?

I'll still be sticking with my old Elite and my old PS3 for now. It feels to me like both MS and Sony have updated their ranges incrementally because they had to be seen to be doing something... I am not surprised, but it's a shame we couldn't see some more drastic improvements... on the other hand, this way I have little incentive to "upgrade" so I get to save money - yay!

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