New Xbox 360 wireless adapter incoming, no solo 250GB HDD

Microsoft readying faster, dual-antenna 802.11n add-on to help 1080p streaming; "no plans" to sell new expanded hard drive alone.

Last night at a multiplayer preview event in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled a limited edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 bundle. For $100 more than the now-$299 Xbox 360 Elite, the bundle will contain a custom-skinned 360, two wireless controllers, a headset, a copy of Modern Warfare 2, and an expanded 250GB hard drive.

The Modern Warfare 2 360 bundle.

Unfortunately, current Xbox 360 owners with jam-packed hard drives won't be able to buy the biggest model solo any time soon. "We have no plans to release a stand-alone 250GB hard drive at this time," a Microsoft rep told GameSpot. (Those plans may change, however, if, as rumored, Sony releases a 250GB PlayStation 3.)

Microsoft also confirmed current stand-alone Xbox 360 hard drives will remain at their current prices for the time being. Right now, the 120GB external drive has a suggested retail price of $149.99, while the $99.99 60GB drive comes bundled with three months of Xbox Live and a wired headset. (Some retailers, such as Amazon, list the 120GB drive as having a list price of $159.99.)

The Xbox 360's new adapter.

Microsoft declined to comment on a Federal Communications Commission filing (spotted by Gizmodo), which reveals the company is readying a new, high-speed wireless adapter for the Xbox 360.

The new add-on will be able to use the high-speed 802.11n wireless standard, versus the current model, which only supports 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a. An image obtained by Gizmodo (pictured) shows it will also sport two antennae, versus the current adapter's one, and will have same matte-black finish as the Elite 360. It is expected to be released later this year when the Xbox Live Video Marketplace will begin offering 1080p streaming video, which the new adapter is better-suited to handle.

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179 comments
Somebody89
Somebody89

Hmm better wifi adapter, knowing MS they will sell this for $200.

elagricola
elagricola

You usually don't get what's not mentioned.... thus... No HDMI cable like in the Elite!!!

meateater79
meateater79

If we're lucky, the new wireless adapter will be around $100. If we're really lucky, it'll be around $80. If Microsoft is a money-grubbing wh*re, it'll be more in the range of $150-ish. So, in reality, you would have to spend $400 for the CoD: MW2 bundle and another $100-$150 to play.

cake3000x
cake3000x

Stupid proprietary hardware, if microsoft had any sense the xbox would have used a standard 2.5 inch drive like the ps3, which would make getting a decent hard drive reasonably affordable, but of course it's all about getting the most money out of us, consumers.

Sk8rlink
Sk8rlink

Dudes I think I'm gonna buy this, my Halo 3 Xbox's laser isn't working correctly, I have to wack so it'll start reading games or dvds and I want COD:MW2, and that 250 gig hard drive sounds nice compared to my flimsy 20 gig

UnreaLuigi
UnreaLuigi

microsoft shulda built in the adapter along wit the 250 gig upgrade...

rocketman97
rocketman97

yeah i gave up on using my hard drive on my xbox a long time ago. stuck with the 20 gig model, i just play my games and leave it at that sadly. oh well, i guess that keeps my laptop useful

hazuki
hazuki

As bashing as it sounds, I wonder how much the new adapter will cost. When the old one still costs at least 80$ new.....

geoxionGS
geoxionGS

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ellez
ellez

Funny how some people are thinking "yes! the wireless adapter is black! I want it!" rather than looking at the price tag for it.

joshboy101
joshboy101

alright so...is it going to be cheaper?

Blargsman
Blargsman

Who is Microsoft kidding with those over-priced hard drives? It's absolutely ridiculous! I can get a premium external, 1TB hard drive for $100. Giving me 120GB for something I can only use for my 360 is utter horse manure.

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

this is one reason why sony trumps MS in this particular area? i want a 1TB hard drive for my PS3? just buy a laptop drive, pull the starter one out, stick the new one in, transfer some files, reboot, voila. MS? you get the middle finger. and i cry BS on the "no 250GB solo drive". its inevitable. MS will see money to be made and go for it.

blazey09
blazey09

150 ffor 120gig no way...go to ebay and get it for 100 ez as pie lol and ps3 is no where near crap, i might not like my ps3 as much as my 360 but that doesnt mean its crap god of war ftw

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Oh, of course they wouldn't release the 250GB HD. That would be completely stupid. I mean, who really wants an extra 130 GB of space? Freaking everyone!!!! I'm down to 30 gigs and this "games on demand" thing is kind of begging for a larger harddrive. Give me a break... As far as the new wireless adaptor, I hope gamestop takes the old ones used.

marco0798
marco0798

err NO they shouldn't, loot at the crappy ps3 those guys (me included) are essentially stuck with that crap, and trust me its crap.

benboz
benboz

They should place the wireless inside the console. Then it will be better for people to play online who have wireless connectivity like I do. I have the wireless adapter but they should put this new one inside the console at least.

stevetothepast
stevetothepast

the wireless adapter needs to be at least half the price of what it is.

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

xbox 360 plus the adapter is still more expensive then the standalone ps3.....they need to start dropping the prices of there add-ons

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

even if they release a stand alone 250 gb harddrive for the 360...i imagine that the price would be the same as the damn console or near it... that's retarded...they really need to do a check on their prices...specially since i just slaped in a 320 gb 7200 rpm drive in my playstation for just over a hundred bucks...while my xbox sits dusty and unused til odst comes out

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

even if they release a stand alone 250 gb harddrive for the 360...i imagine that the price would be the same as the damn console or near it... that's retarded...they really need to do a check on their prices...specially since i just slaped in a 320 gb 7200 rpm drive in my playstation for just over a hundred bucks...while my xbox sits dusty and unused til odst comes out

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

That sucks that they are not going to a have a 250GB hard drive out by itself.

Alex_09
Alex_09

I wish the spoiled rich kids out there would stop asking their parents for these accessories so the prices would go down.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

now if they would let us trade our old wireless adapter to trade up to the new one that would be sweet....but unrealistic on my dreaming part....lol

sigerzx
sigerzx

damn the xbox wireless adapter is 1/3 of the price of a ps3!

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Yay. Finally their upgrading their network adapter. I'm so happy!

BlackTragedy
BlackTragedy

this is why an add on wireless adapter was a good idea. sadly the ps3s wireless sucks but i use ethernet so im ok. but i know other sucks who use psn have really bad connections

thesand212
thesand212

this is why i don't like my 360 because add-on is set at extreme prices

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

ok, so its a new bundel and a new wireless adapter - big woop.

JimInPT
JimInPT

When I wanted a bigger hard drive for my PS3, I just ordered up a nice little notebook drive online and put it in. Voila, it worked. Just a standard, compatible, regular old SATA drive off the shelf. What's your problem, Microsoft? And only 250Gb? Those little ones are almost free now for PS3s from WD, Fujitsu, Seagate etc. And wireless still costs extra?

UbdU
UbdU

Oh, no problem Microsoft. Don't hurt yourselves fulfilling the wishes of your customer base. We will be making our own 360-compatible 250 GB hard drives soon enough.

xfan-atic
xfan-atic

As mcuh as I love my Xbox 360, the price for the accesories has to drop!

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

i just use the cord that came with th xbox. there's no need for wireless coz my TV happens to be next to the phone point with the router. Is it faster than that?

El_Conrado
El_Conrado

maaly81 Posted: "how much faster can it get if it really depends on your service provider and/or the people you play online with?" A lot, actually, if the new adapter is fully duplex. The thing is the 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a wireless standards can only send OR transmit through the same channel. 802.11n can be duplex, which means it can send through one channel and recieve through another at the same time, speeding up your wireless network considerably.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Of course MS is saying they don't "plan" on selling the 250 gig stand alone. It would take away sales from the limited edition. I guarantee once they stop selling the MW2 xbox, 250 gig will come out as stand alone.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

lol M$'s pricing scheme is ridiculous.$150 for 120GB? i could get a 1 Terabyte external for that price.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@XanderZane: -Amen. You can buy a Draft-N range booster USB adaptor for the PC for $50...

XanderZane
XanderZane

How much is this Wireless Adapter going to cost? $150? Microsoft should drop the original down to at least $50 and sell this new one at $75. None of these adapters should be $100 or more.

DarkS2K
DarkS2K

Finally Wireless N! I'll be able to play online in my basement now lol.

otanikun
otanikun

Is it gonna cost less? Seriously, a wireless adapter shouldn't cost 100 bucks

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

just buy a HDD on ebay, as long as you can find a price thats decent, its great. Xbox 360 doesnt need such a big hard drive anyway, it doesnt need to install games.

majere613
majere613

Dear God, the original wireless adaptor was insanely overpriced, I shudder to think how much they're going to try to charge for the new one. M$ take the mickey so much with the prices of upgrades for the 360 that they should start including a tube of lube with them. I suppose the silver lining is that the original ones might start to turn up cheap on eBay :)

mastodonfatguy
mastodonfatguy

i have to get this. good thing i held off on the other one. :D i got lucky THIS TIME.

FoxbatAlpha
FoxbatAlpha

I'd buy it today, Right Now! All of it to the check out counter!

Evil-Assassinz
Evil-Assassinz

well i need to know the release date because i was ready to buy the other adapter but now im thinking of buying this one

jb9776
jb9776

hopefully it'll be cheaper than the old one too. if not i'll pass, but can you imagine the price of 250 hard drive if they did release it.

jb9776
jb9776

hopefully it'll be cheaper than the old one too. if not i'll pass, but can you imagine the price of 250 hard drive if they did release it.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

basstards, bout time they come out with the black wireless adapter