Rumours about the gadget, called the Wireless N Network Adapter, emerged earlier this year. However, after months of speculation – and a leak when it was pictured online next to a new Gears of War 2 bundle – the men at Microsoft have now officially recognised its existence.
According to the technology giant, not only will the forthcoming device improve reception thanks to a secondary aerial, but it’ll also offer users a much faster and more efficient wireless broadband connection, too.
However, despite the arrival of official confirmation, we’ve yet to confirm anything about price points or even a launch date. But rest easy: as soon as we hear anything at all, we’ll be posting about it here.
UPDATE - £75 price point for Xbox360 wireless broadband adapter?
The new Xbox 360 802.11n wireless broadband adapter will cost about $100 (£70), reports suggest, with Microsoft’s current-gen device subject to a price cut to clear stocks.
News of the unconfirmed US price point was broken by Ars Technica, which cited unnamed sources as the origin of its exclusive. The site also posited that the price of the existing 802.11g wireless adapter will drop from £75 to around £50.
A price cut to clear stocks certainly makes sense. But you might reasonably have assumed that you’d get a more hefty reduction given that the device will come to be regarded as yesterday’s gadget.
Alas, Ars Technica’s moles were unable to confirm a release date for the 802.11n. But be sure to check back here for updates – we’ll share the gen just as soon as we hear anything.