Last year Microsoft updated the white and clunky original Xbox 360 with the slim model, a slick black beast of a gaming console. Suddenly peripherals for the old system looked like arse in comparison. Today Microsoft fixes that, introducing the gorgeous new Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth and Xbox 360 Media Remote.
Less high-tech toy, more secret service; that's how I compare the new Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth to the previous attempt at such a device. Where its predecessor's design shouted "children's toy" to the world, the new model is a subdued, slightly menacing rectangle of communication equipment. Hidden beneath the shell of this miniature monolith is noise cancelling Bluetooth 3.0 technology, capable of switching between game talk and phone talk at the press of a button for up to eight hours at a time before needing a charge.
And for those of us still rocking the original white (originally white, that is) Media Remote that came packaged with their original Xbox 360, the new Media Remote is a godsend, finally eliminating the last vestiges of 2005 from our coffee table. It controls things; all sorts of things and it looks good doing it.
The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth and Xbox 360 Media Remote both drop in November for $US59.99 and $US19.99 respectively. Thank you, Microsoft. Now we just need a sleek and shiny controller, and we'll be all set until the 720 comes along.