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E3 : Microsoft To Debut New Xbox 360 Console

Microsoft has announced a redesigned version of its Xbox 360 gaming console which should allow it to compete more effectively with the Sony Playstation 3 Slim when it comes to general design and storage capacity.

The new model - nicknamed Xbox 360 Slim - is smaller than the existing console and sports a black glossy finish rather than the signature ivory white colour. The standard disk capacity grows from 120GB to 250GB and the console now includes Wi-Fi 802.11n on top of the standard Ethernet port.

Unfortunately there won't be a Blu-ray player thrown in and there are three USB ports at the back with potentially more connectors that might come at a later stage.

The updated console, which was presented as part of Microsoft's presentation at E3, will be Kinect ready out of the box (no add-on required) and should go on sale towards the end of the week, at least in US shops and online stores for the same price as the current model - $299.

Expect it to come in the UK and the rest of Europe within the next two weeks. As a reminder, the Super Elite version of the console (with a 250GB hard disk drive) is currently available from Amazon (opens in new tab) with FF XIII, Red Dead Redemption and a 2M HDMI cable for £210.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.