Excerpt: Microsoft kick-started the “next-generation” of gaming on November 22, 2005, when the company released the Xbox 360, beating both Nintendo and Sony to market. Since then, the console has sold roughly 40 million units worldwide and has brought some innovative ideas to the gaming industry in the form of Xbox Live, the online marketplace, and gamer achievements.
Summary: All in all, I’d say we’ve got a pretty damn good unit here. You’ve got a sleek new design that should completely eliminate any heat issues the last generation of Xbox 360s were plagued with. But is this something that all gamers should strive to pick up? Probably not. There really aren’t that many new features to merit forking out the $300 for the new unit unless you are a gamer who doesn’t yet have an Xbox 360, you have one but your small hard drive is full and are...
Excerpt: Manufacturer: Microsoft Model: Xbox 360 S Price: $ 299(US) / £199.99 (UK) Web: xbox.com Last month, at the E3 entertainment show in Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft unveiled a new slimmer, and considerably more silent Xbox 360. The new unit is selling for $299, with notable features such as integrated Wi-Fi and the inclusive 250GB hard [...
Conclusion: I think Microsoft did a great job with the new Xbox design. At the end of the day the Xbox 360 is not just a gaming console but an entertainment system. The Xbox Live service offers countless games, movies streaming and renting, social media integration (Facebook, Twitter) and even complete game downloads (games on demand). Therefore, the console noise was a major factor and I can see how the quitter sound, 250GB HDD and built-in wireless-N are a great selling point.
Pros: Smaller and sleeker chassis, Runs cooler and is much quieter, Includes a huge 250GB hard drive, Built in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Multifunctional entertainment device, Good price point
Cons: No blue-ray player, No 1000 Mbps Ethernet, No HD connectivity cables, The case is easily smudged with fingerprints
Conclusion: The new design looks great. The 360 was due for an overhaul, and the designers did a great job on it. As with anything, some will love the design, some will hate it, but most should find it a pleasing change. But looks alone aren’t likely to sell any consoles. If there is one single feature worth touting, it is the inclusion of WiFi, which really does make a big difference. The quieter sound is a nice touch, and the 250GB hard drive is a great selling point.
Pros: Good price point, Includes a 250GB hard drive., It looks cool, and it is smaller than the original, It is much quieter and runs cooler, Built in WiFi
Cons: An odd way to remove the hard drive that could potentially cause problems, No HD connectivity without additional purchase, No Blu-ray player, The fancy shine is easily smudged with fingerprints
Conclusion: The XBOX 360 with free Kinect is an excellent gaming console for serious gamers who are passionate about the way they play. It gives you immense freedom and even doubles up as a complete entertainment center with its multi-media playback capabilities
Summary: Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim offers improvements over its predecessors in every area, with reduced fan noise, a 250GB hard drive and great looks. It's really good value and, with the brilliant selection of HD games available for the platform, we think it's the best console on the market today
Pros: Looks fantastic, Slimmer and lighter than previous models, Very little fan noise, Great value for money
Cons: Cooling fan in power brick, No HDMI cable included, Chassis collects fingerprints like nobody's business
Summary: So, we've got a new Xbox 360 Slim! – I say “We” as in SPOnG but I mean “I” as in “MINE”! It's small, it's shiny, it's quieter and most importantly it was free because Microsoft gave me this new Xbox 360 Slim just for being at its E3 press briefing. The question you may be asking is “Should I buy one?” Well, the short answer is, “Most likely” but there's a lot to be weighed up.