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|The Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite is a gaming system which comprises of a white console and is a multifunctional NTSC unit. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite system offers the ability to play video games, watch movies, playback music, and access online features. Users of this video game system can access Xbox live, online play, and video rental applications such as Netflix. The Xbox 360 Elite online play features allow the user to play games with other players remotely. Different types of games are offered for online play, including action and adventure games. The number of users who can play online with the Xbox 360 Elite varies with the game. This video game system also supports motion-sensing technology with the use of the Xbox Kinect. This accessory allows users to play Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite by using body movement. This essentially turns the user into the remote control. This unit can also be connected to a surround system for enhanced gaming audio and includes a number of memory options including the 60 GB version.|
|Product Name||Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite|
|Product Line||Microsoft Xbox|
|Device Input Support||Game pad|
|Audio Output Support||Surround Sound|
|Power & Battery|
|Power Source Types||Power Supply - internal|
|Ram Capacity||512 MB|
|CPU||IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz|
|Memory Capacity||10 MB|
|Hard Drive Capacity||60 GB|
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The good: Excellent selection of games, including many 360-only exclusives; all games are in native high-definition; user-friendly Dashboard interface; supports wireless controllers and accessories; Xbox Live service offers online multiplayer (with matchmaking and voice chat) and content downloads for most games; backward compatible with many--but not all--original Xbox titles; doubles as a superior digital media hub and Windows Media extender; online Marketplace allows easy purchases of minigames, add-on gaming content, high-def movies, and TV shows.
The bad: The Elite fails to correct most of the annoyances of the original 360 version: the noisy DVD drive and cooling fan; a gigantic, oversize power supply; no built-in wireless networking; only three USB ports; a substandard DVD player; online gaming requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live; proprietary wireless format limits third-party accessories.
The bottom line: While it's neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite's combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the current game console of choice.
THE GOOD: Excellent selection of games, including many 360-only exclusives; all games are in native high-definition; user-friendly Dashboard interface; supports wireless controllers and accessories; Xbox Live service offers online multiplayer (with matchmaking and voice chat) and content downloads for most games; backward compatible with many--but not all--original Xbox titles; doubles as a superior digital media hub and Windows Media extender; online Marketplace allows easy purchases of minigames, add-on gaming content, high-def movies, and TV shows.
THE BAD: The Elite fails to correct most of the annoyances of the original 360 version: the noisy DVD drive and cooling fan; a gigantic, oversize power supply; no built-in wireless networking; only three USB ports; a substandard DVD player; online gaming requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live; proprietary wireless format limits third-party accessories.
THE BOTTOM LINE: While it's neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite's combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the current game console of choice.
Sony and Microsoft, both notorious for pulling out all the stops, are going head to head with their latest game machines. Although not a gamer, I'm drawn to the PS3 and the Xbox 360 (and its new trimmings) as feats of hitherto unseen technological wonder. Both companies have bet recklessly on their platforms, and both see them as gaming plus a whole lot more. So while the gaming world has its own critiques — and while the Nintendo Wii continues to charm with its less performance-based attitude — my desire was to see what the Xbox and PS3 could do in the way of movies, music and other entertainment. I tethered both of them to a smokin' 46-in. Sharp 1080p high-definition LCD TV and let them rip.
Most gamers know that the PS3's delay was caused by its Blu-ray drive, and many suggest that the Blu-ray advantage isn't worth the price or the wait. Sure, movies on Blu-ray have a picture quality six times higher than a standard DVD, but the vast majority of so-called high definition TVs don't even have the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (known as 1080p) to show Blu-ray's full glory. From a home-theater point of view, though, the PS3 was not only the first Blu-ray player to be priced well under $1,000, but the first to be introduced from Sony, the mother of the Blu-ray initiative. In other words, for anyone who already has a sweet 1080p TV, or is planning to spend $2,500 or more to get one, the PS3 is almost a requirement, being one of the only reliable sources of full HD video.
If you don't know about Blu-ray, it's because it's not the only successor to the DVD. A few companies, including Microsoft, support a different standard for next-generation movie discs, called HD DVD. The conflict between the two formats has made it tough for consumers to make any decisions, so sales have been miniscule. But now that Sony's Blu-ray is appearing in Sony's eagerly anticipated PS3, Microsoft's HD DVD format is appearing in, you guessed it, Microsoft's Xbox 360. Okay, not "in" the Xbox-an accessory drive that connects to the console via USB has just gone on sale for $200. That brings the total for Microsoft's premium high-def-movie playing system to $600, the same price as the premium PS3.
I'm a big fan of high-definition TVs, even the more affordable 720p sets, and I can vouch for the fact that whether they're on Blu-ray or HD DVD, movies look much better than they do on standard DVDs. Pop in the Blu-ray edition of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby that comes with the PS3, and you're blown away by the detail (and by how old and pockmarked Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly look up close). Likewise, load up the copy of Peter Jackson's King Kong that ships with the Xbox HD DVD player, fast forward to an action scene and suddenly, there are two T-Rexes and a gorilla duking it out in your living room. I can't spot the difference between Blu-ray and HD DVD movie; no one but the most finicky of videophiles could. So when looking at both game consoles as a source of high-def movie content, forget about differences in video quality and think more about your gaming preferences as well as the movies themselves, the Blu-ray and HD DVD lineups on Amazon.com or Netflix.
Great product for gaming. This system not only looks awesome, it performs awesome. It is much quiter than older 360's as well as much more reliable. With the newer chipset it is highly unlikely to get the dreaded red ring of death. With the 250GB hard drive there is more than ample room for anything you need to save or download. Also, with the 2 included stylish black controllers, you and a friend can start playing immediately. I can also not compliment enough the creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It was without a doubt the most incredible game of the year.
I've been looking to step into next-gen gaming for quite awhile now, but have been waiting for the right time - and the time finally came. I have done much research on all of the systems out there right now (Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and, of course, the XBOX 360). For a variety of reasons, I settled on the XBOX 360 Elite.
It has superior hardware, graphics processing and storage capability. It also has the best backwards compatibility of the 3 major next-gen systems available. Finally, it's online service (XBOX Live) has much to offer for a nominal fee (don't bother with the Silver Package, it is practically useless - go with the Gold Package. If you look around, you can usually find it for 10 - 15 dollars cheaper [per year] than the retail price, right here on eBay - which ends up being $35 - $40).
This model (the Elite) comes with a 120GB HDD (High Definition Drive), with 13GB being proprietary for the dedicated operating system (which is standard for almost any hard-drive, especially external). This leaves more space than you'll know what to do with, trust me.
The graphics are amazing, the sound is crisp and if you happen to have a Netflix account (even if you don't, check out the free trial - if you decide to keep the account after the free month, you can get unlimited streaming and rent 1 DVD at a time for around 8 dollars a month), the video's that you can stream with this system are DVD quality (which I couldn't even get with my regular connection on my main CPU).
The game choices are optimal, as you can download the best games of yesteryear (Golden Axe, Contra, Super Contra, All of the Sonic games ever released for Genesis, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Street Fighter, Tron, Castlevania and many more) or the hottest titles on the market today (Arkham Asylum, all of the Halo series [XBOX exclusive], Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe, all of the Gears of War series, Bioshock and more).
I set my Elite up in the living room and networked it with an Ethernet cable (I purchased 100 ft of the cable on eBay for around 10 dollars) and lined it up against the bottom panel of my walls, going behind couches and chairs etc. for the fastest connection. If that isn't something that appeals to you, there is also an optional wireless network adapter (usually sold separately) - although I must say that the Ethernet cable is really the way to go (and cheaper).
I have been able to minimize my entertainment system into 3 separate pieces 1) Television 2) HDDVD player (just a personal preference) and the XBOX system. Nothing more is needed. I also feel that the Elite's colouring is much sleeker than the customary white shell, and fits in much better with the rest of my system.
Overall, a very enjoyable and worthy investment. If I'm not mistaken, Microsoft has recently dropped the retail price of the Elite to $299, so it should be even easier to find a great deal.
Don't be hesitant to purchase a re-furbished system, as they are usually in mint / like new condition (I honestly couldn't tell the difference between my system and a new one) and sometimes, even better (superior quality mounting paste for the motherboard, super-clean etc). Just do your research and make sure the person or company you purchase your system from is reputable and that they have some sort of warranty (included in price).
Hope this helps - happy hunting!