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Superior selection of games, including several console-exclusive titles; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use Dashboard interface; excellent online gaming and communications via Xbox Live; plays hundreds of (but not all) original Xbox titles; doubles as a superior digital media hub and Windows Media Center extender; online Marketplace allows for easy purchases of downloadable full-scale games, minigames, movies, and TV shows; latest version offers HDMI output with 1080p support; reduced power supply footprint; new processor runs cooler and quieter.
No support for next-generation HD discs, like Blu-ray; early versions of the console prone to "red ring of death" system crash; online gaming require a paid subscription to Xbox Live.
The bottom line:
Now that Blu-ray has become the pre-eminent high-definition standard for discs, the Xbox 360 has yet to support it, but it still remains an excellent game console with a superior game library and online experience.
The console is much bigger than our compact PS2 (PlayStation 2), but has a sleek design and everything on it is easy to find, read, and understand. I love the 60Gb hard drive (no more worries about who's memory card is inserted when trying to load or save a game). Even the operating menu is easy to understand.
The best thing I like about it is that its Audio/Video cable is just that, 1 cable. But it includes the standard 'RCA-type' Left/Right audio plugs and the standard yellow video plug, PLUS it also include the Red-Blue-Green Composite video plugs as well. When we switched from the standard component video to the composite, it was a night/day difference in visibility and clarity.
The only things that we can find which we don't like are the cost of the games ($40-$60) and the 'brick' of a power-supply. Thankfully, it has 6-feet of cord on both sides of it so that you can hide it.
Of course, I think the PS3 is superior in its graphics and in its ability to play BluRay discs. But dollar-for-dollar, this is by far a better deal. And then, when you consider the option that Microsoft will offer for it this Christmas (code-named Natal), I think the XBOX-360 will trump not only the PS3, but the Wii as well (start buying MS stock now!)
I had been thinking about a 360 for a while, largely because the few times I have played Rock Band it was a blast. Also, I wanted a more "serious" console to supplement the Wii I bought for my girlfriend. What sold me on this particular model was the price, in addition to the fact that I definitely wanted to get a system with a hard drive, preferably larger than the 20 GB ones floating around.
It runs a little louder than I had expected, but setup was relatively trouble free (getting my network connection to work took some time, but that has more to do with my router than with the console). It would have been great if it had included a controller and an Ethernet cable, but these were minor inconveniences, acceptable for getting a used xbox360 at a good price.
Setting up with the NXE was not terribly complicated, and anyone who has created a Mii will find the avatar creation process both familiar and liberating (more options for customization without being overwhelming). I haven't tried to play a DVD with it, or set it up to run Windows Media Center, but these were both attractive features, since the console took the place of our DVD player in the living room (only so many inputs on the back of the television).
I have a feeling my girlfriend will use the 360 less than the Wii (she fits into the casual gamer stereotype), but I can see myself getting sucked into long gaming sessions on the 360.
The Xbox 360 is a great system with many benefits. You can play the older Xbox games and also play DVD’s so no need to have just a DVD player. The graphics are also great and very clear on my HDTV.
If you are looking to buy a system online that is refurbished I would be careful as I fell into that trap with my first Xbox 360. If you are going to buy one I would say to buy a new one so you know for a fact how it is treated.
My first one I bought was crap. I barely used it maybe an hour a week and it died within six months so stay away form the refurbished ones.
Now the only thing the Xboxes have had a problem with is the 3 Red light ring of death. Which is Fairley easy to fix and you can find a kit to repair it online for an inexpensive price, and this is how they fix most of the refurbished ones.
If you are looking at an arcade version I would think about it again because the cost of the hard drive alone will make it worth it to buy the pro system.
Also the arcade version does not play the older Xbox games. So if you have older Xbox games I would recommend getting the pro or higher system.
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I have had an Xbox 360 a couple of years now, and use it nearly every day - whether playing a game or watching a movie. This system is very good. Of course, its only real competition is the PS3. So, here is why I'm selling my 360 to get a Playstation: games. The 360 has some great games that are not available on other consoles (i.e. Halo), but most of the best games are shooters which I've never liked. I am getting a PS3, not because the games are necessarily better, but because they have more games that I like. Currently, the God of War trilogy is available on the PS3 and Gran Turismo 5 will be coming out in November. I cannot think of any games that hold a candle to these four on the 360. Also, most of the best games (i.e. GTA IV, Killzone 3) are available on both consoles. Of course, the PS3 also comes with a Blu-ray player, but it is more expensive. One bonus with the 360 is the controller. For endurance sessions on the consoles, the 360 controller is much better shaped, while the PS3 will eventually begin to hurt my hand. Overall, the 360 is a great system with many good games, but they just aren't the kind I play.
I'm loving the Xbox 360, even as a dedicated PS fan. The graphics are awesome even on our small Non-HD-TV, the controls are easy to learn and there are so many useful features. I bought it mostly for Netflix and it has served that purpose well but I also have played a few games on it and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The only thing I don't really like about it is that it's a little high dollar for my usual gaming budget, I got the system but then I had to get a wifi attachment for an additional $70 (used) and it will cost $10 a month for Xbox live, both are required if you plan to stream Netflix through the Xbox. I also plan to get the Kinnect eventually which is at an average cost of about $130 right now with each game costing about $60 each! However you get what you pay for, even though at one point I was thinking "This seems to have turned into a gift that keeps on costing!" I don't regret a single dollar I spent after getting it up and running!
I like that they are fairly easy to use and disassemble if they are broken. However, i do not like that they do not come with wlan card built in like my ps3 does and in Microsoft's never ending quest to make money can some how charge $100 for a 60Gb hdd just because they put their own case around it...it is still just a SATA HDD that should cost around $50....oh and the wireless adapter that you have to buy extra will cost you an additional $100.....all in all if you can afford all of the accessories it is a good console.....oh and the lack of true hd is also disappointing (even though you can use and hdmi cable it is still reading dvds)
Nice game station, plays high end graphics games with almost no pausing during play. Unfortunately it does not have wireless ethernet like the PS-3. Also X-Box on-line access is NOT free like PS-3. I would recommend the PS-3 if you're trying to choose.
Xbox 360 is easy to set up and virtually any format dvd. The games are great and is an excellent gaming system.You can also add hard drives for more power at any time.
I have several first person shooter games that I like to play on Xbox Live. The product its self works goos except for the headphone mic set. This never works from what I can tell from talking to others along with my own expierance. I suggest getting a differant head set if you are going to play online at Xbox Live, if not there is really no need for one. Turtle Beach makes a good to great set of head phones ($50-$100) that you can order from them online or pickup at your local Best Buy store. I would also suggest getting a plug and play system for the controller or it may eat through batteries pretty quick. All and all the system is good and the games are great.