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New Microsoft Xbox360 slim unveiled at e3

Don Mattrick, Microsoft's XBox 360 Senior Vice President

Don Mattrick, Microsoft's XBox 360 Senior Vice President introduces the new Xbox 360, seen left, against the old model, during the 2010 Xbox 360 media briefing at the Wiltern Theater on Monday, Jun 14, 2010, as part of the at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles. The new slimmer Xbox 360, left, features the controller-free gaming device called Kinect. Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Following Sony's ravamping of their PS3 console, Microsoft introuced an all new Xbox 360. The console is smaller, runs quieter, has more ports, and costs the same. It has a 250 GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi. Blu-ray is still a no show.

Aethetically, the new Xbox 360 slim looks a lot like the old PS3, with touch sensitive buttons and a glossy black finish. The 360 slim should be available in stores sometime this week.

Here are some more detailed specs:

-- Much quieter. Old Xbox had two small fans, now has only one large fan.
-- Smaller power block
-- A custom Kinect port which passes data and power
-- 250 GB internal hard drive
-- Touch sensitive buttons like the PS3
-- Five USB ports, three in the back, two in the front
-- Slightly changed controller. Now more angular.
-- Hard drives from old Xbox are NOT swappable.
-- Data between old and new Xboxes can be swapped via old hard drive tranfer cable.
-- HDMI cable included.


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