Summary: The Xbox 360 remains a great video and gaming console, but fans will be better served by older 360 bundles -- or waiting for the Xbox One.
Pros: The Xbox 360 E delivers a fantastic library of media and games, along with slightly quieter operation than the previous 360 model.
Cons: The 360 E loses the optical audio output found on previous Xbox models; lacks a Blu-ray drive; requires annual Xbox Live Gold subscription for nearly all online gaming and entertainment apps; older 360 hardware/software bundles remain a better value. The newer Xbox One is just around the corner.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is I remember when playing a video game was a ridiculously simple thing. When I fired up Frogger on my ancient Atari back in the late 80s, all you had to do was push the joystick in one of four directions to get to the other side and win the level.
Excerpt: Introduction For quite a long time, Microsoft has been known mainly for developing the most widespread and popular operating system for PCs, Windows. However, during the 90's, the company from Redmond had grown so big that PC software didn't seem quite enough, and that's one of the reasons why...
Excerpt: Introduction As a hard-core gamer for over 30 years and a programmer to boot, both in the arcade and on PC and consoles over multiple platforms, I can say with authority that the true test of any new game system or technology is how much better it is then anything else that’s come before it.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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...
Cons: 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.
Summary: As the first next-gen console to hit the market (a full year before the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 ), Microsoft’s Xbox 360 used its head start to build up a superior lineup of exclusive games and superior features.
Excerpt: Three years after the first shots were fired in Console War VI, Xbox 360 is winning the fight with the only weapons that really count: the deepest game library around and the most fulfilling online experience via Xbox Live.
Pros: Multiplayer matchmaking fills your social void with 12 million friends. Streams media from your PC.
Cons: Premium Xbox Live account costs 50 clams a year. Clunky UI is terrible for navigating long lists of media.
Excerpt: I chose the Microsoft Xbox 360 as my next gaming system because of the superior selection of games in HD and the easy to use Dashboard interface. The Xbox 360 also offers excellent online gaming and communications via Xbox Live.
Excerpt: My Xbox 360 puts me right where I want to be-Live. The Xbox 360 3D modeling is capable of putting players right into the game. I have a subscription to Xbox Live and can play with players all over the country. We set up matches and have in fact become friends.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite LEGO Batman & Pure Bundle ( 120GB)
27 April 2007
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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...
Cons: 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; propriet...