What they got right:
- included cables
- big hard drive for downloaded videos
- same price for black or white accessories (hey Apple…)
- an optional kit to upgrade to the new huge drive and transfer data from your old one
What they got wrong:
No CPU die shrink. Translation for non-geeks: they didn’t reduce the amount of heat and power consumption of the processor, so it’s still going to need ridiculously loud fans, plus the comically large power brick (which has its own additional fans). So the 360 will remain obnoxiously loud, yet still prone to failure from overheating.
No built-in WiFi. The hardware would cost Microsoft, at most, $15. Supposedly, “a study showed the majority of their customers use Ethernet to connect.” Maybe that’s because it’s the only option without spending $100 on their WiFi adapter. I bet MS could significantly increase Xbox Live subscriptions if people didn’t have to run Ethernet wiring across their house to get the 360 online. There’s probably a lot of 360 owners who don’t care enough to wire it, so it sits permanently offline.