That swappable hdd hooked me in.
heres the gist of what i read at engadget.. a link to the full article is at the bottom of the following.
Xbox 360 250GB
Xbox 360 is fully loaded with new features and still comes with everything you know and love. Here's a feature list to make sure you don't miss any of the newest Xbox 360 250GB parts.
Touch Sensitive Buttons: Turn the Xbox 360 video game system on/off and eject a disc with the swipe of a finger.
Wi-Fi: Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast, easy connection to your friends and entertainment on Xbox LIVE.
(this is big news, coz embarrassingly the old xbox didn't have it built in...while the PS3 and even the Wii did)
Hard Drive: 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage. To access, remove the bottom panel by pushing the small tab toward the front of the console.
am not too happy that it comes enclosed in a case.. would have been great if we could swap it out for any other standard hdd..
(anyway neither the ps3 or the nintendo wii have a swappable hdd)
update: apparently replacing a ps3 hdd isn't that big a deal(as long as you don't care about the warranty) click here to know more.
Kinect-Ready: Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor for controller-free fun.
USB Slots: Five USB ports for easy plug and play.
and flash memory drives can be used for storage now :)
AV Cable included for standard definition TV connection.
HDMI port for high definition TV connection.
Optical Audio out port integrated on back of console for AV system connection.
Backwards Compatible. Your favorite accessories and games will work with Xbox 360 250GB.
(Xbox 360 External Hard Drives and Memory Units are not compatible.)
Key Internal Components Changes:
Fan: Moved from two small fans to one larger fan for improved acoustics.
Chipset: 45 nanometer and integrated CPU and GPU.
Wi-Fi: Integrated wireless capability."
-source: engadget pics and source video at the link
considering the price, i'l probably get this before i get my next notebook or pc.
doubt i'll play Alan Wake though. :ko: