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At last: Slim, 'whisper-quiet' Xbox 360 announced – Yahoo! News

How long have we been waiting for a revamped, slimmer and (most of all) quieter Xbox? Well, looks like the wait is over.

Set to ship this week — yep, this week — the new 360 console will retail for $299, the same price as the current Xbox 360 “Elite” bundle with a 120GB detachable hard drive.

Microsoft confirmed the glossy black 360 during its E3 keynote in Los Angeles on Monday, and yes, friends, it’s a looker. (You can check out product shots courtesy of Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.)

Complete with a shiny new power button (and no more “red ring of death,” hopefully ever), slanted air vents and indentations on either side, the new console looks like a sleeker take on the original, with sharper angles replacing the old inward curves. Very nice.

The new 360 comes with a 250GB hard drive and — at last — built-in Wi-Fi, including support for the speedy new 802.11n standard. (No more need to shell out an extra $99 for the official Xbox Wi-Fi accessory.)

Even better (well, for long-suffering Xbox gamers like me, anyway), the new Xbox 360 console is “whisper-quiet,” Xbox execs promise. That would be a welcome change from the jet-engine whine that older Xbox console make whenever a game disc spins up.

The slim Xbox 360 is Kinect-ready — meaning, apparently, that the new motion-control Kinect camera accessory doesn’t come built in. And if you’re wondering whether the redesigned console adds a Blu-ray drive, well … sorry, folks, no dice.

Still, I’m totally getting one, even though I coughed up a cool $130 for the 120GB hard drive to replace the 20GB snap-on model that came with my original console. The new box looks way hot, and for me, the promise of a quieter console is just too good to pass up.

So, Xbox 360 gamers: What do you think of the new console? Will you get one, or will you stick with your noisy Xbox?

— Ben Patterson is a technology writer for Yahoo! News.

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