Summary: Despite its hardware issues, the Xbox 360 is the best of the current gen consoles when it comes to pure, hardcore gaming. It’s got the best online service and the best selection of games - and throws in some strong media skills to boot.
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. Despite early technical hiccups that ranged from a noisy disc drive, to full system crashes known affectionately as the red ring of death, the 360 has moved forward while continuing to evolve and establish itself as the go-to system for serious...
Excerpt: The Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system places you at the center of the experience. Available this holiday season in Europe, Japan, and North America, Xbox 360 ignites a new era of digital entertainment that is always connected, always personalized, and always in high definition.
Pros: HD Content; User interface; Mass market appeal; Seamless online connectivity
Cons: High price point; Needs a killer app; Demands an HDTV; Dodgy backwards compatibility
Excerpt: 4 years and one week later after the Xbox launch, the Xbox 360 console is launching to North America. There's no need to bore you with tech specs, you've heard about all the bells and whistles that system contains, there's huge potential here. But how does the launch lineup fare? Is the system really going to bring anything new to the table? Are the graphics really better?
Summary: You'll need plenty of space to use Microsoft's Kinect motion-gaming system, but it's just about the most fun you can have with your hands free. It's not accurate enough to win over hard-core gamers, but it's simple and hugely entertaining.
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, HDMI port, Large hard drive
Cons: Noisy DVD drive and cooling fan, Gigantic power supply, No built-in wireless networking, No built in HD DVD drive
Summary: While it doesn't offer HDMI connectivity, the Xbox 360 HD DVD player matches up well against stand-alone HD DVD players, and it's a relative bargain at AU$249.95.
Pros: Less than a quarter of the price of today's stand-alone HD DVD players, Includes the Xbox 360 Universal remote, Disc-load times were half those of Toshiba's current HD DVD players, Two rear USB slots that let you connect USB peripherals
Cons: doesn't offer HDMI connectivity, so there's no way to output your HD DVDs via HDMI for optimal video and audio quality, No 1080p output via component video
Summary: While it's missing a couple of potentially important features at launch, the Xbox 360 delivers the power and performance of a high-end gaming PC, including impressive digital media and networking features
Pros: All games in high-definition, Excellent user-friendly Dashboard interface, Built-in support for wireless controllers, Excellent online gaming and communications via Xbox Live, Backward compatible with many (but not all) original Xbox titles, Doubles as superior digital media hub and Windows Media extender, £280 bundle includes key accessories
Cons: First wave of games is somewhat anaemic, Noisy exhaust fan, No built-in wireless networking, Only three USB ports, No support for next-gen HD movie discs, No DVI or HDMI output, Doesn't upscale DVDs to HD resolution, Gigantic oversize power supply, Price will almost certainly drop