E3 2010: Everything You Need to Know About The New Xbox 360

It seems the ad posted on an Italian website earlier this week wasn’t joking. It showed the brand new Xbox 360, which was revealed at the very end of Microsoft’s E3 2010 press conference yesterday.

Obviously, this new console will appeal to both people who don’t yet own an Xbox 360 and to current Xbox 360 owners. But beyond the outer appearance, what’s new in this Xbox 360?

Well, Microsoft reportedly worked on this redesign for two years, and here are the detailed specs on what they were able to accomplish:

  • Touch sensitive on/off and eject buttons (much like on the PS3)
  • “Much quieter”
  • 250 GB internal hard drive, which is swappable. It sits under the base of the 360.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11N – the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available.
  • Five USB ports
  • HDMI and Optical Audio outputs, as well as standard video/audio output
  • Included AV Cable
  • Custom Kinect port to plug Kinect directly into the console
  • One large fan internally (as opposed to two small fans in original 360)
  • 45 nm integrated CPU and GPU
  • Smaller power supply brick that weighs much less and shouldn’t overheat
  • Black 360 headset
  • Black, wireless controller that has a bit of extra shine to it

Current Xbox 360 owners are probably also saying to themselves, “Okay, that sounds great, but can I take my old HDD and put it in the new 360?”

The answer: no. But you can transfer data.

Unfortunately, the new 360 is small and features an internal hard drive, so the old hard drives won’t work with the new 360, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transfer your data.

You can use a standard 16GB (or smaller) USB drive and do it piece-by-piece or you can purchase a hard drive transfer cable for about $20.

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Personally, I’m in a situation where I have a simple 20 GB HDD (yes, I was an early adopter and this bad boy is getting long in the tooth) and for me, half the games I have saved data for I no longer play (or even own) so I could probably just use a USB drive to transfer data, but I can understand the need for a transfer cable for some adopters.

Also, the new Xbox 360 includes an HDMI port but no cable, so you’ll have to pick one up online or in stores.

Last but not least, it appears that you can’t just put any hard drive in the 360. It seems almost certain that they will be Microsoft-designed hard drives and you can expect larger ones to come down the pipeline soon.

Early word, though, is that this new Xbox 360 really does run quietly, and it looks beautiful. It shiny, gorgeous, with a stunning black controller. I think it’s worth the money for people with older Xbox 360s, but we’ll see whether it’s worth investing for everyone. We’ll be reviewing it soon.