If you regularly use your XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 to stream HDTV content from a PC, you probably know by now that 802.11g, or WiFi-G, is insufficient for 1080p video streaming. 54 Mbps just doesn’t quite cut it, even with compressed video. 720p isn’t a problem though.
Switching to the newly official 802.11n, or WiFi-N, will allow you to stream this format easily. With a theoretical cap of 300 Mbps (or even 600 Mbps in some cases), you will have no problems streaming 1080p.
Of course, neither console offers this type of connectivity right now – the PS3 includes an integrated WiFi-G controller, and the XBOX 360’s official adapter is also WiFi-G (and A). To get these consoles onto a WiFi-N network, you’d need to use an ethernet connection direct to the router.
However this will all change, when this new product is released:
This was spotted on the FCC website (who keeps an eye on these things, I have no idea) and it appears that Microsoft is using its lack of integrated WiFi as an opportunity to offer a better connection. In a perfect world, this would be offered at an even lower price than their current $100 model, to appease the fans and… well, not make the 360 look so stupid. But I doubt that will ever happen – expect to see it in stores for even more than $100.