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Xbox 360 to Get 802.11n Wi-Fi Adapter

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Faster Wi-Fi for the 360.

A new Microsoft Wi-Fi adapter is coming for the Xbox 360. This, of course, is an add-on accessory for the console as it is the only current generation runner without built-in wireless.

With the firming up of the 802.11n, Microsoft seems to be ready to launch a brand new, upgraded wireless accessory for the console, as Engadget caught floating through the FCC.

The version spied at the FCC includes two antennas, perhaps opening up for dual-band possibilities with the high-end Wireless-N routers.

One advantage of going with 802.11n is the increased range, leading to stronger signals for Halo trash-talking even if you're far from the router.

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    thackstonns , September 15, 2009 9:14 PM
    I like my setup better. N router wired to xbox. Everything else in the house wireless n. Bought the n router for less than Microsoft's g adapter
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    CptTripps , September 15, 2009 9:20 PM
    Yeah, my 360 and HTPC are both hard wired and all other devices wireless G. I have N adapters in two laptops and on my desktop so an upgrade would be cool, but not necessary atm.
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    rcmaniac25 , September 15, 2009 9:25 PM
    Hopefully they will lower the cost on this instead of charging $100 for it.
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    thackstonns , September 15, 2009 9:28 PM
    I am sure the upgrade is so that they can still justify 100 for it. Now that n is getting cheap enough for Microsoft to make a hefty profit.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 9:30 PM
    One of the reasons I havent bought a 360 is its lack of built in wireless and the fact that you have to pay monthly for online gaming.
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    hellwig , September 15, 2009 9:33 PM
    People complained about the price of the PS3 when it first came out (and yes, it was very high). But to turn the 360 into a PS3-like machine (HD-DVD drive, Wireless adapter), made the console cost even more than a PS3. If you didn't need wireless, and were smart enough to avoid HD-DVD, yeah, you saved some money over the PS3. At the same time, you can't feel smart getting a 360 then paying out the ass for add-on's that come standard with the other console.

    That said, when is the 360 getting Blu-Ray?
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    Hanin33 , September 15, 2009 9:59 PM
    i though enjoy the fact that the 360 is modular and allows one to have the choice of their accessories... as some posters stated, they run on the wire anyway and others have particular needs for external antennas and the ability to upgrade to a faster or particular wireless standard to werk in their environment... integration is nice sometimes, till something breaks and/or your need something that the integrated device can not provide....
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    theLaminator , September 15, 2009 10:03 PM

    considering Sony would have to allow Microsoft to use their blue ray technology I'd say whenever they license it to Microsoft
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    horendus , September 15, 2009 10:05 PM
    360 will never get BlueRay as M$ went with HD DVD...and it didnt take off. Sony own blueray and probably wouldnt let M$ have it in their console
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    matt_b , September 15, 2009 10:07 PM
    Even better, how about they do a console update releasing it WITH the adapter (or at least the old g adapter), not to mention a few other fixes/updates (namely -> hardware).
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    trevorvdw , September 15, 2009 10:40 PM
    theLaminator@hellwigconsidering Sony would have to allow Microsoft to use their blue ray technology I'd say whenever they license it to Microsoft


    Blu-ray wasn't made by Sony. Sony is just one company out of 19 that are on the board of directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association. So its not Sony's call although they could pressure the rest of the members I suppose.
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    ssalim , September 15, 2009 10:58 PM
    They better sell the wireless adapter for dirt cheap for those who already bought older xbox360!
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    matt87_50 , September 15, 2009 11:57 PM
    thats cool. still don't get what's so hard about running wires. does the 360 have gigabit?

    and Sony is the biggest player in bluray, the original format being created just by them and Phillips. Some of it may be that they are just gonna say its a gaming machine (which is fair enough) untill digital downloads are feasible - and it is alot more feasible on a locked console than on a pc - which is nearly here. but some of it would also be that they just don't wanna 'give in' to sony.

    I only have a ps3, and I prefer my blurays to digital downloads any day. even when digital downloads match the quality of bluray, and our net is reliable and fast enough to stream it, and it doesn't cost us a fortune in bandwidth, even then, the gay drm schemes they will come up with just put me off (look at pc gaming, they still haven't got it right)
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    nitto555rchallenger , September 16, 2009 12:00 AM
    Its still not built-in, that would be serious news if they dropped the xbox price with a built-in wireless adapter.
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    nitto555rchallenger , September 16, 2009 12:04 AM
    hellwigThat said, when is the 360 getting Blu-Ray?
    Never, Microsoft has officially stated that they'll never have the 360 play blue-ray ever. Anyway they have Netflix that could stream HD content.
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    CoryInJapan , September 16, 2009 12:41 AM
    Adapter is the problem here...They should just make wifi a built in feature like the ps3 and wii did.
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    starryman , September 16, 2009 2:12 AM
    CoryInJapanAdapter is the problem here...They should just make wifi a built in feature like the ps3 and wii did.

    Exactly. I never understood the idiocy of the media when they bitched about the PS3 price of $600 when it came out. A XBOX360 at that time was $399 with a hard drive 1/3 the size plus $100 for the wireless adapter showed that the PS3 was a value proposition.

    FYI - I own both the XBOX 360 and PS3... I never bought the wireless adapter for the XBOX360 since I bridge my laptops wireless internet to it. And my PS3 died after about using it 20-30 times (the bluray drive was toast even though I played about 12 blurays).
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    rebel conquest , September 16, 2009 2:29 AM
    Really..... Another PS3 vs 360 debate.

    Props for originality.
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    Master Exon , September 16, 2009 2:30 AM
    Everyone ready to pay $200 for it?
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    captaincharisma , September 16, 2009 2:46 AM
    and yet neither system wins ever in these debates
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