Microsoft prepping 802.11n adapter for Xbox 360

By on September 15, 2009, 1:07 PM
Microsoft is working on an 802.11n adapter for its Xbox 360, which would effectively double the raw data rate from the currently utilized 802.11b/g. Although there has been no official announcement from Redmond, the adapter has already made its way to the FCC and there's no confusing its purpose; the FCC label reads "Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter Microsoft Corporation."

This comes only a few days after the IEEE officially "approved" the 802.11n Wi-Fi spec, which was developed some 7 years ago. Most people have little reason to upgrade their current adapter for basic gaming needs; but the N adapter may prove handy for streaming HD content. Are you going to grab one when they hit stores, and what will motivate you to do so? Any MSRP predictions?

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Jos Jos said:

It will probably replace the old adapter at the same ~$80 price point... way overpriced IMO but at least its an easy upgrade for those interested in streaming HD content without wires.

Guest said:

How nice would it be if this is part of a step towards an integrated wireless adapter. With this big shift towards downloading full HD games, and streaming HD media I think its a good sign. There already are rumors and pics of a 250gb hard drive bump up for the elite, then with this I can see them releasing an update console with Natal next year that is basically an elite with natal attached a 250gb+ HD and Integrated wireless. I just hope it happens.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I dont own a 360, but I'm not mad either from buying my ps3 slim. Maybe I'll get one some day soon. I do love my netflix

gobbybobby said:

250G Elite at same price of elites now, would change my mind on saving for a gaming laptop, I have the money for a premium console now, just a little more for an elite !

tengeta tengeta said:

Any chance this one will support WPA2? I seriously just shoved the old one back in the packaging and took it back in one minute after realizing it only did WPA/WEP.

windmill007 said:

@supersmashbrada your PS3 can stream Netflix using playon software.

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