One of the big downsides to owning an Xbox 360 is the serious lack of built-in WiFi, and the fact that it’ll cost you usually at least $70 to be able to connect to the awesome Xbox Live using your WiFi network. While we don’t know if Microsoft has any plans to change that part of the 360 anytime soon, GameStop has posted online a new Wireless N WiFi adapter for the 360 for $100 coming November 3rd.
The big news here is that the Xbox 360 will be the first to use the latest high speed WiFi networks that are becoming more and more common everyday (wireless N is much faster and has a much better range than the older wireless G and B networks, and pretty much anywhere you look for a new WiFi router you’ll most likely find wireless N for a not too expensive price. I personally can’t wait for this; I currently use wireless N in my own house, and can’t play Xbox Live because the WiFi adapter can’t pick it up). This would also be the first of the next-gen systems to be able to use the next gen wireless N.
Unfortunately, Microsoft wants to again charge $100 out of the gate to get in on this, something I don’t know why they’re doing– especially because the Wii and PS3 still do have WiFi built in. Hopefully someone at Microsoft decides to make the smart move and drop this to a more reasonable number, because as much as I (and I’m sure any hardcore Xbox Live gamer) would wanna get this– there’s no way I’m willing to give Microsoft another $100 for it. You can pre-order it now from GameStop.
In other Xbox 360 news, anyone looking for a new 360 may wanna listen up here. Microsoft, along with Activision presumably, are planning a really sick 360 bundle to launch with the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. How sick you may ask? For $400, you’ll be getting an Xbox 360 with a sick Call of Duty paint job, the video game itself, 2 black wireless controllers, and…. a 250 GB hard drive! Yeah, that’s right, 250 GB! It’s a pretty solid deal in my opinion (mainly for the 250GB hard drive, and the amount of games you could possibly save on that hard drive), and you can expect this to come out with Modern Warfare 2 on November 10th. You can also pre-order it now on Amazon.
The Sprint MiFi 2200
A little while back Sprint (and Verizon) each released a personal, portable WiFi hotspot called the MiFi 2200. The MiFi 2200, made by Novatel Wireless, takes a carrier’s 3G network and lets you use it as a WiFi hotspot where up to 5 WiFi devices can connect simultaneously. Recently we got our hands on one for a little bit, so we knew after testing it out we need to report about it back here. Check out our full first take after the break.
The T-Mobile G1!!!
Forget all that iPhone 3G update stuff– that’s old news now 🙂 Yesterday Google and T-Mobile, along with HTC, officially announced the T-Mobile G1 (previously called the HTC Dream) onto the world. This bad boy is loaded! So whats it all about and how does it compare to the iPhone 3G? Read on to find out!
New Blue Zune Flash with what might be part of the new Zune 3.0 Software
Well, I guess Microsoft isn’t really going to be stealing Apple’s thunder tomorrow (let’s face it: they had to climb a really steep hill to even become a more serious competitor), or at least in the music player department anyway. Included though in their releases were several intriguing products and updates: three impressive new Zunes– 120 GB, 16 GB Flash, and 8 GB blue Flash– packaged with the new Zune 3.0 software, games for the Zune like Texas Hold’em and Hexic (a puzzle-like game), and a clever feature which enables you to tag a song playing on the built-in radio and purchase it directly, using a new WiFi music store! Unlike Apple’s store available exclusively on the iPod touch and iPhone, the Zune WiFi music store will be accessible on all Zunes, now equipped with built-in WiFi.
The new Zune 3.0 software–which includes these updates and many more– should be out for Zunes (we assume for all versions: the original 30 GB, the more recent Zune flash in 4 and 8 GB, and Zune 80 GB) on September 16. The new 16 GB and 120 GB Zunes will arrive in stores September 12 for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively according to Amazon, presumably preloaded with the 3.0 software. No word on the release date nor pricing of the blue Zune flash but we guess sooner than later– from now to the 16th are the most likely, with our bets on the 12th.
So there you have it. Some news on a Mp3 player from someone other than Apple (don’t worry Apple/ iPod lovers- your day is coming soon 🙂 ).
What you think, will the new software and the WiFi advantage will be enough to make a dent in Apple’s dominance of the market? Also current Zune owners– those brave individualistic souls pushing against the cultural current– how do you feel about the new updates? And while you’re at it, take the much-cherished opportunity to let the world know why you chose the Zune over the iPod?
Well after a few other posts we’re back to finish our 3 part series on the zzzPhone. For those of you who are reading this for the first time we have 2 other parts in this series- the zzzPhone Standard review, and an interview with a zzzPhone head Jesse Nowlin. Now lets get to the main topic– the Windows Mobile 6.1 zzzPhone.
zzzPhone Windows Mobile version