Xbox 360 Slim Specs

slim360Those who watched Microsoft’s E3 presser this morning know that attendees were given 360 Slims, and they helpfully included a full spec list so we don’t have to actually look at the box to know what’s up. At first glance, the Slim doesn’t look that different from the original 360s, but appearances can be deceptive, as Brad Pitt might say. We already know it has a big-ass hard drive and built-in 802.11n wifi, but those aren’t the only new features. Hit the jump for the most notable specs on the 360 Slim.

  • “Custom Kinect port.” What is this? I don’t know. It just says it makes it so the console “directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor.” How that’s different than whatever original 360 owners will use to connect to Kinect is anyone’s guess at this particular moment.
  • Five USB ports. OK.
  • An internal but still easily removable hard drive. Old 360 hard drives and memory units are not compatible with the Slim.
  • Smaller power supply. Old 360 power supplies are not compatible with the Slim.
  • PS3-style touch-sensitive on/off and disc eject button. That’s right: button. It’s one button for both.
  • 45nm chipset.
  • It’s glossy as hell.

There you go. This feels like a legitimately worthwhile upgrade. It’s mostly just disappointing that it took them five years to put this thing out.

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14 Comments on Xbox 360 Slim Specs


On June 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

My thoughts on the custom Kinect interface are that it’s probably a proprietary interface they came up with during development. It probably just skips the USB overhead and is one less layer of software & hardware to deal with.

Now, whether a custom kinect port offers any advantages over USB is still something I’d like to know as well. If it is, then it sounds like they are preparing for next-gen… perhaps.

havoc of smeg

On June 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

cant say it’s shabby. kudos to MS for not doing a half arsed job, but that said: what if you currently have a 360 and uprgade to this, you pretty much cant move your save games ETC over.


On June 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

They updated xbox 360s a couple of months ago so that you can use standard USB thumb drives for storage. So you can already easly and cheaply transfer files between xboxs.

havoc of smeg

On June 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Ahhh, thanks for that.


On June 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

They’re also releasing a separate transfer-cable to connect the harddisk from the “old” Xbox to a USB port on the new one (the same cable which is included in the separately sold 250 GB hdd for the “old” Xbox)


On June 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

They bring this one out 6 months after I buy a jasper. Wonderful. Anyway, I’ll wait for about a year to see how reliable this “new” xbox 360 will be before I upgrade/ditch my jasper unit.


On June 21, 2010 at 4:59 am

A custom port for Kinect is for the power supply. The XBox360 “classic” (old) need two USB ports.


On June 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

It also acts as a xbox360 memory card so any flash drive up to 16gb can save games and demos as well.

corey 2

On June 22, 2010 at 7:23 am

i dopubt very much that the old one needed two usb ports and the second is 4 power considering usb ports are data transfer and power supply simultaneously it is why they are so great

Aarron Bittick

On September 28, 2010 at 3:10 am

Is the new Xbox 360 Slim CEC / HDMI 1.3 Compliant?


On November 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

Can an ordinary everyday external hard drive be connected via the USB port and then be used to save games/films etc. Can these then be watched back from the same drive??


On March 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

by: Jimbo
Can an ordinary everyday external hard drive be connected via the USB port and then be used to save games/films etc. Can these then be watched back from the same drive??

From the info I have read that is negative someone has already tried it I would like to do an SSD but no such luck yet.


On April 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

this is cool i have one its good but sometimes frezzes


On August 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

From what I understand, the custom Kinect port on the 360S is both power and data transfers, while older 360 models have a data connection and separate power pack.