CNET First Look
The new Xbox 360We take a look at the all-new, redesigned Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard drive, built in Wi-Fi, and a port ready for Microsoft's Kinect.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Brian Tong: Brian Tong here with CNET.com, and this is a first look at the new Xbox 360, 250 gig model. So let's take a look at some of its cosmetics. It's now sporting a piano black finish that's really a fingerprint magnet. It has more an edgy design with sharp lines and vents, but this is clearly a more male-geared design. Now this new 360 is packed with a 250 gig hard drive and built-in WiFi with 802.11n. Microsoft says it's whisper quiet, and it's definitely quieter compared to the previous 360 model, which is a good thing for Xboxers. Now on the front size, the buttons on the 360 are all touch sensitive now. There are no physical buttons here, so to power it up, just press your finger on the silver button and it fires up. To open up the game disc tray, you just swipe your finger over this little notch, and you'll also be able to find 2 USB ports here on the front. On the side, the hard drive is different so it won't be interchangeable with your old one. All you have to do is pop this side plate off and then just pull this tab to pop out the 250 gig drive. If you have the Xbox transfer cable, you can use it to move your game saves and files over from our old Xbox to this new one, but if you don't, there will be one available for 19.99. Now, if we flip it to the back, you'll see your connection for power, optical, audio, the standard AV connection for the 360 composite or component cables, and HDMI. This port here is an auxiliary connection specifically for Microsoft's Connect, previous models will have to plug in the Connect with USB and then have a separate cable running to power. And you'll find your Ethernet and three additional connections, giving the 360 a total of five. Now, when you compare the new Xbox side by side with the previous model, Microsoft has cut off some of the fat with the design; it actually can fit inside of the original 360. And they've trimmed down the size of the power supply as well. The new Xbox 360 retails for 299, and its new redesign packs more value into the system for the same price. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com with your first look at the Xbox 360, 250 gig model. ^M00:02:00 [ Music ]