Much Prettier than the Original

Microsoft took a page from Sony’s playbook and outfitted the new Xbox 360 with all touch sensitive buttons. The eject button is much smaller but extremely sensitive, not to mention you get a loud beep whenever you hit it. There are no issues with knowing whether or not you hit the eject button.

The power button is pretty much the same way, a light tap will toggle it and send you on your way. The green ring of light apparently doesn’t turn red anymore (it only flashes green when there’s a problem? engineering meet marketing). On the bright side like Jasper before it, there is no reason the new Xbox 360 should have the same RRoD problems as the older models. As you’ll see from the dissection not only is it a new chip fabbed on a new process, but it’s apparently cool enough to require much less force exerted on it by the heatsink clamp.

The exterior is a glossy black plastic. It looks great but picks up fingerprints and smudges like the dickins. A definite problem for those of you who like to cart your 360s around.

The Xbox 360 memory units are no longer supported but there are two USB ports up front that will accept USB drives as data storage.

Around back you get an optical audio out, Xbox 360 AV connector, HDMI output, three more USB ports, Ethernet port and input for Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral due out later this year.

There’s 802.11n support integrated into the new Xbox 360. If you open up the case you’ll see a USB 802.11n adapter plugged into an internal USB port. This also makes me wonder if we’ll see a cheap version of the new 360 without WiFi support.

The hard drive is still a 2.5” model but now it’s tucked away at the bottom of the system (standing up) in a much smaller case. To get to it just pull back on a couple of the fins which will let you remove a part of the cover:

Yanking on the black ribbon (it takes a bit of pulling) will pull out the hard drive itself. Microsoft appears to have sealed this drive up pretty well. I’m not sure there’s a way to remove the physical drive without irreversibly breaking open the case. I had other ways of figuring out what was inside so I didn’t bother taking this one any further.

The new hard drive is a Hitachi HTS545025B9SA00 1.5Gbps SATA hard drive. It spins at 5400RPM and has an 8MB buffer. If you were hoping for a 7200 RPM drive, you’re out of luck.

And just for fun here's a comparison shot to the old HDD:

The funny part is the hard drive form factor never changed, just the case it came in.

On To The Next One Power Consumption: 50% of the Original Xbox 360, and Quieter
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  • Rafterman - Saturday, September 25, 2010 - link

    Was looking at the new X-Box S. The guy in the shop said it outputs 720p/1080p. Afterwards I'm thinking how does it do this if it does not have a blu-ray dvd drive and it got me thinking, are x-box games not HD(blu-ray) alla PS3 games. I understand you can run DLC at HD(1080p ect) but how does it work with games bought in the shop on DVD. Reply
  • xboxer - Monday, November 01, 2010 - link

    Does anyone know if there is any speed difference in the CPU in the new slim versus the original? Reply
  • tipoo - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Its the same speed. Same architecture, same frequency, same buses. Just smaller. Reply
  • ordine - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - link

    Bring back the old Cartridge was nice and fast,wonder if it would work these days . Reply
  • tipoo - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    It would cost more per gigabyte. The PS Vita is sort of using them - if you count SD-like memory cards - but that can get away with less storage per game, most likely. Reply
  • jigglywiggly - Sunday, October 09, 2011 - link

    It's uglier, why does everyone think it's prettier?
    Second, you could have done the x clamp fix to fix your old xboxes or just give them to me :P
    Reply
  • VenomousTBag - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    Absolutely awesome. XBOX360 + Strawberry milkshake = f**ked? NO - thanks to this guide, I have just fixed the unfixable :) Thank you sooooo much :):):):) Reply
  • justammad - Monday, December 16, 2013 - link

    So the best xbox 360 console is jasper? To enjoy longtime gaming? Reply
  • justammad - Monday, December 16, 2013 - link

    And whats about The gaming and problems experience of the 2013 xbox 360 e slim? Reply

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