Report: New wireless adapter for Xbox 360 to cost $100

Microsoft is said to be planning to offer new 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter for $100, according to reports. Also, the current 802.11g adapter's price might be reduced.

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Wireless connection to Xbox 360? It'll cost you. Microsoft

Microsoft plans to offer a new 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter for the Xbox 360 for $100, reports Ars Technica, citing unnamed sources. The publication also said that Microsoft's current 802.11g wireless adapter will cost $79.99 when the new adapter is released. It's currently on sale for $99.99.

A Microsoft spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail message to me on Wednesday that the adapter would "seamlessly connect with (the user's) home network with the highest wireless 'N' technology." The company wouldn't divulge any details on price or availability.

According to Ars Technica, its source said that the new 802.11n wireless adapter "will feature two antennae for better reception, and should help deliver the bandwidth needed to stream 1080p video instantly." The source didn't say when it would be released.

Although a $79.99 wireless adapter will appeal to some, it's a hefty price to pay for last-gen wireless technology. And $100 for an 802.11n wireless adapter just to connect to Xbox Live without cables seems rather steep as well. That said, we have to keep in mind that, so far, these prices are unconfirmed.

Updated at 1:52 p.m. PDT to include Microsoft's comments.

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