Product Type: Microsoft electronic gaming accessories
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Multi-Functional Gaming Device
Xbox 360 4GB Console (Xbox360)
Member Name: char2011
Xbox 360 4GB Console (Xbox360)
Advantages: browse the web, play games and watch on demand tv
Disadvantages: paying for xbox live
-------------Look & Design--------------
When I first saw the design of the X Box I was very impressed because even though it's a tad big it's very neat and has a nice shape. The Xbox is touch sensitive so to turn it on and put a game disc in you just touch the area in to do either. I really thought this was a cool idea when I first got my Xbox but after I started noticing how sensitive it actually is it started to get annoying. The slightest movement next to any of the buttons will get the X box up and running so when cleaning my room or stuff like that it used to always turn on. Sometimes it would turn on by accident and I wouldn't know and it would end up being left on all day which is not good as that's a waste of electric. To solve this problem I have had to result to getting a shelf put up and have it on there instead but to be fair my room is much neater now than having it on the floor. Best to keep an Xbox out the way because of the sensitivity button design they have used. Although the sensitive buttons are a nice feature to the design I don't actually think they are really that necessary.
One thing that does really annoying me is how loud the disk tray spinning sounds can be when I am playing a game. It's very loud but usually when I get into a game I zone it out so it's not to bad but it was when I first got it.
The set up was very easy and straight forward it was just a matter of matching the wires to the right holes. Once you turn it on you create your Xbox live account which is used for the social aspects of the Xbox. You only get one chance to pick your gamer tag so I would suggest picking wisely because you have to pay to change it. Once you have created you account you can then download apps, music and various other things. To play game you just enter the disc and the game icon will be on your homepage when you enter your account and simply just click it to play. I think set up is pretty simple and they guide you through everything so it's simple for anyone.
My console came with a wireless controller which I find so handy not having a wire because my TV is quite far from my bed so I can still use it. Sometimes my room gets a bit cold and if I'm playing a calm game, browsing the web or looking for something to watch I can still use the controller from under my sheets and it still works so there is a decent connection between the Xbox and it's controller. The controller for me took a little getting used to since I have always been a PlayStation Gamer so took some getting used to. The controller uses AA batteries and I find that they run out relatively quickly and probably a month is the longest they have lasted so I suggest stacking up on them if your a constant gamer. The batteries go in the back of the control but I find when I get into my hardcore gamer mode and start flashing the remote about the batteries tend to shift out of place and make the remote lose connection to the Xbox. This has happened about 2 or 3 times and is annoying because I have to turn the remote back on then unpause my game but since it don't happen often it's OK.
------------Wireless & Xbox Live--------------
If you have wireless internet you can connect it to the internet and do lots of other stuff. Connecting to wireless is only good if you also have an Xbox live account and that you have to pay for. I brought a 1 year membership for £39.99 which is actually the best offer they have. To me I think since you already pay for a wireless connection I don't see why they expect you to pay for Xbox live aswell but it does make the Xbox a better gaming system if you do have Live.
Live is what makes the console as good as it is because it allows you to have sort of a social networking style friendships with other gamers and play games with people all over the world. there's not always going to be a time where you have someone to have a little competition a Live opens that door so you always have someone to play against because 9 times out of 10 someone in the world will be online playing your game. The only time I really use Live with game is when I'm playing competitive games such as the London 2012 Olympics game I have.
Along with playing games with people around the world you can add them as friends and send an receive messages from them. I'm not really into the social aspects like this on my Xbox but I guess for those who will enjoy this it's nice to have. You can also get ratings from other gamers and invite gamers to come and play with you. I always invite people to play if I'm playing London 2012 because it has seem to gone dead since the Olympics is over.
Other Live perks are the apps that you can download and use from you Xbox. Some of the ones I have are Netflix, 4oD and Internet Explorer which recently became available. I like being able to watch stuff from my Xbox that I missed or just movies from Netflix. It's got to the point where I don't actually use my TV to watch regular TV I always just turn on my Xbox and watch stuff from there. Also because I don't have a laptop that I can take to my room I sometimes browse the web on my Xbox because I can do it from bed and my TV is a much bigger screen than my phone or iPod so that's another bonus for Live.
If your someone that would download loads of music and extras to your Xbox I don't really think the 4gb would be for you and it would be wiser to get the 250gb as 4gb will run out very quickly. For me 4gb fine because all I really wanted on there is the three apps mentions earlier.
On an Xbox you earn game points for completing various tasks in all the games you play. They don't really mean anything but I like completing games and getting all the game point for all the games I get because it's like a little achievement and everyone can see how many game points you have so the more I have the better gamer I look like. It gives me something to work towards I suppose.
I think Xbox 360 is a very good console and think if you are going to get one it's probably almost essential to get it with Live subscription with it. I use mine almost everyday not always for gaming but sometimes for other things and it comes in handy in more ways that just gaming. It's very multi functional and I would recommend ever household have one. There are so many different genres of games that you can play on this system making it something for everyone. With the Kinect that you can now connect to it it has now also became a family console like the Wii. This 4gb version of the console can be brought brand new for 139.99 on Amazon and the 250gb version form 189.99 on Amazon.
Summary: Multi-Functional Gaming Device