Microsoft have confirmed that they're launching an adapter which will allow the Xbox to connect wirelessly to the internet - although it's only in America for now.

The 54Mbps compatible Wi-Fi adapter allows 802.11b/g networks to communicate with the Xbox, giving gamers a wire-free connection to Xbox Live via broadband routers using the same wireless technology.

An estimated retail price of $139 (about 110) has been set by Microsoft for the devices October 5th release date, and as yet no European version has been confirmed.

At just over 100 the official wireless adapter seems fairly expensive, especially when compared with the price of a full 802.11 broadband router, and the Linksys WET11 wireless bridge which has been designed for Xbox and retails online at Amazon.co.uk for nearly 30 less than Microsoft's own adapter.