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Firstly, the xbox 360 itself is a great console to have. There are loads of amazing games available for it, xbox live is a great way to keep gaming fresh and they very often have some sort of deal if you are worried about the price of an annual membership.
The xbox 360 arcade version is the most basic and without any accessories would only be recommended for 'casual' gamers (less than an hour a day on average) Personally I found that with the addition of a second hand hard drive this then became just as good as any of the other editions of the xbox 360.
I use sky go all the time at home and the noise of the machine is never distracting, yes it does make sound but you just get used to it as you watch. It is a bit annoying having to buy a hard drive because the original memory storage is so slow but then again this model is substantially cheaper than the others.
Although that being said I have owned 2 of these as the first one broke outside of warranty, there is a common error caused by overheating in the xbox arcade but again casual gamers are unlikely to overheat the console
Don't get me wrong, this is a very good gaming console! The graphics match those of competitors 'Sony Playstation 3' and is a very easy on your pocket too!
You can get a fully working one of these for around £30+ these days, and they are definately a good investment!
The only major difference between this version (arcade) and the other 360's (Pro, Elite) is that it has a smaller hard drive, although these can be bought on the internet or in your local games store or supermarket at a relatively low price..
The arcade package is like an upgraded package to that of the core version. Unlike the core version the arcade has: HDMI-out support, a 256MB memory card, and five Xbox Live Arcade games (Pac-Man Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket, and Feeding Frenzy).
I'm sure you're familiar with the prices and packages anyway so onwards..
The xbox 360 controller is very good, has a great feel to it, compared to the playstations controller!
Xbox Live is another reason to buy an xbox, it has much more interaction than the playstation network as there are more users and more people have headsets so you can have fun talking/arguing with friends whilst competing in games!
On the bad side though, xbox live costs, around £30-£40 for 12 months of xbox live which will add up after a few years.. (Playstation network is free!)
The xbox is much more likely to break, from my own experience more than 5 of my friends xbox's have broken on them! These can be fixed though, and quite cheap these days!
Overall a good console with some minor downsides!
The xbox 360 is Microsoft attempt at the gaming console market and I must say it does'nt disappoint at all. The console allows you to play the latest games in standard or high definition and the graphics really are stunning. The xbox 360 is so much more than just a games console, the console allows you connect your usb devices such as an Mp3 player or Digital camera to stream your music or photos directly to your TV. You also have the option of signing into Sky Player which will stream the likes of Sky Sports to your TV via the internet.
The 'arcade' version does not come bundled with a hard drive but instead a 256MB memory card. A hard drive can be purchased separatly at a later date and come in capacities upwards of 20GB.
Whats in the box?
The console, 1 wireless controller, 256mb memory card, composite av cable, power cable, xbox live silver subscription and 5 arcade games:- UNO, Pac-Man: Championship Edition, Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy and Luxor 2.
The xbox really comes into it own when connected to the internet. Xbox live allows you play and chat (via a headset, not included) against other online gamers and friends. Collect gamerpoints and achievements and compare them against your friends.
I would recommend it to anyone young or old.
Where the XBox 360 really shines is where it improves upon the original X Box console. Considering the original was criminally heavy where the PS2 was lightweight, the tables have turned here now the 360 is considerably lighter and better to look at, in my opinion, than the PS3. The graphics are, obviously, much more advanced on the 360 and the games, both those exclusive to the 360 and not, are as good as they were previous, while the menu and layout are more intricate, and there is much more to be done. The official 360 controllers, which are now wireless, are also a vast improvement on their chunky XBox predecessors. A personal niggle for me on the original X Box was that you had to buy additional equipment to play DVDs on it, which you don't with the 360. Although if you're looking to play Hi def DVDs you do have to buy additional hardware, for which you can only play the now defunct HD DVD's, so I wouldn't recommend it.
While the main problems I've encountered with the Arcade version of the XBox 360 are few, they are significant. As with my original XBox, the plug lead on the 360 is absolutely atrocious and one slight tap to the console will knock the plug out, shutting off the console while I'm in the middle of a game. This can become very irritating very quickly. The other main problem, a big one, is the lack of memory space on the Arcade 360. Obviously it is your choice if you buy a console with such little memory, but I think it's a travesty that the 360 can be sold in this format in the first place. I got mine free with a mobile phone (don't ask me how) so I couldn't complain about the fact that I had to buy an additional hard drive for the console, but it's fairly obvious that the Arcade 360 is designed for parents who don't know any better buying a 360 for their kids, only to have to go out again and spend more and more money on extra hardware for it. Unless you're given this console free like me, I would steer well away from it and buy an Elite version instead. Not even casual gamers can use this for long.
First off if this is the first xbox you will be buying DON'T buy this, go and get a premium or elite. Reason i say this is that you don't get all of the hardware you will need in order to actually use your xbox to its full potential.
However if you have had an xbox before and this is a replacment console (maybe your xbox has died on you) then get this and don't waste money getting a premium or elite. This is the perfect replacement console but make sure you still have your hard drive as you don't get one in this.
There are some components missing that you do get with the elite and premium which is - a headset, hdmi cable and hard drive. However you do get a memory unit which is 256mb which does come in handy along with 5 arcade games on a disc which i still play now.
Also don't listen to people who say''s this is more likley to overheat as it is all lies. This console has the same chance of breaking as any other and i've had mine for 1year so far and no problems, not even a red ring of death :)
I actually shocked myself when I got an Xbox 360. All my life I was a playstation man through and through. Ps1, Ps1 slim, Ps2, Ps2 Slim, Psp.
There was so much hype about the Ps3, and I got very excited about it, but there was one problem
I waited and I waited and I waited. It was delay after delay after delay. By this time Microsoft's Xbox went down in price and as much as I said I would wait for the Ps3, the impatient kid in me said screw it get an Xbox 360.
I am very glad I did. Upon purchasing my new 360 within weeks I became victim to the red ring of death. This was a huge kick in the plums and I took it back, with no fuss at all the guys at game changed it and give me a £10 voucher. Very good of them considering this was a Microsoft problem.
Now my 360 has been going strong for years and I'm happy with it.
The biggest advantage the Xbox has is the vast selection of games available, it has a very large choice, a lot more than the Ps3.
Online it plays a hell of a lot better too. Ok you have to pay for Xbox live but it's a very good service, and compared to playstaions free online service its leaps and bounds ahead.
Graphically if I'm honest I can't really see a lot of difference, both consoles look amazing but the 360 has always had this extra shiny texture on games.
The 360 also has a lot more peripherals available for it. There are a few down points with the 360.
Firstly the hard drives are quite pricy, but saying this you can get them with the console now for reasonable price. The controllers are just ugly as looks goes the ps3 controler is far better, however I have found as ugly as it is it is very comfortable. And of course the red ring of death. Reliability seems to be a big issue with the early 360's , I believe that Microsoft has improved this now as it was just a case of using some cheap solder on the motherboard and a Heat sink made out of tin foil.
Overall this is a very good console and I for one am glad I got it. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying Ps3 are rubbish don't get one. But the 360 has grown on me and I wouldn't swap it. I do miss the fact it hasn't got an official F1 game yet, I hear codemasters are working on it for this year.
The Ps3 has some good Exclusive titles F1 is one of them, and actually it has gone down in price a lot now, but I am still happy with my Xbox.
For me this isn't worth the money and I'll tell you why.
you don't get 3 essential things which in my opinion are vital to the whole Xbox 360 world.
1 - No hard drive.
You get a memory card which is pointless. You can't download anything to it because it's too small and some of the newer games will eat up all the space very quickly.
2 - No mic
Ok so you get this for your kid who wants to go online with his/her friends. All their friends are talking online to each other and your kid opens the box to find there isn't one included!
3 - No HD cable
What's the point in a next gen console if it's not in HD?
For an extra £20 or £30 go and buy the one with the hard drive. This basic package is supposed to offer a cheaper alternative to those who can't afford the better packages but for your money you're not saving that much. You get more for your money in the next pack up.
Do your kid and prevent and nagging and get the hard drive, the HD cable and the headset for a little bit more.
This is a really good deal. It comes with a wireless controller and 256MB internal memory although when I checked mine had almost 400MB. After a quick google I discovered they were being shipped with 'extra' memory to compensate for the NXE update. It's more than enough for your game saves. You would need to buy a seperate hard drive if you wanted to download stuff of course but for pure game playing you can't go wrong. Get yourself a cheap HDMI cable and you can play in Hi Def ( you dont need to pay a fortune for any branded or gold plated connectors ). Another very good aspect of this arcade edition is that you are virtually guaranteed to get the 'jasper' chipset which means you are unlikely to have the dreaded red-ring of death hit your machine. I havn't been online with mine yet as I am reluctant to pay for the wireless adaptor but apart from that I'm very happy with mine. Easy to set up and use.
Im never really been a huge gamer, until Feb if this year ive had my trust PS2 for 8 years with a selection of aqbout 6 games, and that suited my needs fine!
However, following surgery i was confined to the house for 2 months to recover, and getting bored easily i decided to buy an Xbox 360 and selection of games, to go with my new HD TV
I purchased the Arcade version new, and couldnt wait to set it up when it arrived to see how it compared to the PS2 or the Wii that we had - well i was very impressed!
Setting up = Very easy and straightforward with a HDMi cable
Graphics - this console seems to produce very crisp and clear pictures, in a different league to what i had been used to. Particularly the attention to detail on games like PGR4, Assassins Creed and Oblivion
Game selection - probably the biggest selection of games available are for the Xbox 360 - they do everything. And because there are so many you can pick up some older titles for VERY reasonable prices
Playability - Having become very used to the PS2 control i thought it woudl be very difficult to adjust to something different, but found this not to be a problem as control is very well designed and made perfect sense. Also on a plus point if you use Duracell batteries in the control they have an amazing lifespan!
All round if you want a good console with a great range of games, this is the best choice!
I bought this back in 2006/2007 ,i bought the most basic version , wired controller no HDD and no memory card , back then i didn't know much about it so i bought it expecting a memory ATLEAST. Xbox is a nice console has HD however online is a let down, if u want wireless u have to buy an Adapter for it and you have to pay every month to continue to play online.I don't reget buying this, but it certainly didn't meet up to my expectations.
The Xbox 360 arcade was one of the older versions in the series and more of a trial and error prototype kind of console. Since I needed a high def console at a cheap price I managed to snag one off gumtree at a bargain back in 2006.
The console itself came with a wireless controller and a 256MB memory card and had a component AV cable. The wireless controller was new to me and thus thoroughly enjoyed the freedom but the 256MB memory card was kind of hard to swallow. I was also slightly dissapointed by the fact that it didnt come with an HDMI port and hence couldnt connect it to my HD tv for the true HD experience. The component AV cable though worked without a hitch definetely held back in the colour quality.
The arcade also came with a wired headset which was nice for multiplayer and in the end I was happy with the buy for a while. Soon I noticed the awful noise it made with the grinding fans like turbines and I put it aside with the quality of games that were out then. The xbox 360 had great exclusive titles of my interest from gears of war, halo and kept me hooked. It als had the added bonus that it was backwarads compatible something that only one version of the PS3 was able to do
Then came the dreaded red ring of death namely the hardware failure. I found out late that my console wasnt covered under warranty so it had basically become paper weight from then. However doing a major in electronics I managed to open it up and fix it although it was never the same as before with occasional crashing and even more noiser fan movements. Rest assured when I finally had the funds I decided to get the pro 60GB versions during christmas which is a better upgrade.
The xbox 360 arcade was a great product to come out in 2005 but suffered from a lot of glitches and bugs. It is good to know that MS did take this into account and upgrade it to better models. At a cheaper price than the PS3 and almost same graphics and games its the console of choice for students everywhere.
Through my childhood I had always stuck with Sony on game consoles; PS1, PS2, but when it came to the next gen console, I had a problem, price. The XBox 360s were going at cheap prices, just over 120 pounds for an Xbox, and 300 pounds + for a PS3. When I got it I was pleasantly suprised. It seems to have all the functionality of the PS3, minus the blu-ray drive, with a lot ower price tag. Mine came with a wired pad, which did not really bother me, as it meant I had a pad I could easily use on my PC, and I had wireless pad that I had already previously bought for my PC. This version also comes with a HDMI port in the back of the Xbox, which allows you to easily stream HD to your compatible TV. The main problem with the arcade edition is that you do not get a hard drive. You really do need one, if you are going to play a lot of games, and use Xbox live. The main problem with Xbox 360s altogether is the fact you have to pay for Xbox Live. I think this is rediculous. To be fair to Microsoft, Xbox Live is a great service, it runs smoothly, the chat system works well together with the games, but it should not cost. Playstation 3 offer a similar service for free, most PC games are free to play online, so why should it be any different? Another problem as mentioned above is that as Xbox 360 decided to go for the HD-DVD drives, and HD-DVDs are no longer being made. I would recommend the Xbox 360 Arcade, but maybe pay that little bit extra and get the Harddrive and other little bits and pieces.
The xbox 360 has to be one of the best consoles ever to be released, other people say the playstation 3 is better, but if you look at the many features the xbox has to offer, you will realise which console you should choose. The first thing would be the communication, there is a new feature which has been added to the xbox which means a group of 8 people can be in a party and you can chat to your friends, even if they arent on the same game as you. This feature was added with the new xbox 360 dashboard which was released in 2008. The next thing would be the new 'avatar' feature, which allows you to create your very own character, you can edit their facial features, their clothes and also their hair styles. The only disadvantage to the xbox 360 is that it can break over a long length of time, 3 red lights, but it isnt all bad, as Xbox will fix it free of charge.
The Xbox 360 is THE best console i have ever played on and will continue to play on for a very long time.
The Xbox 360 has immense graphical features and the games are made to suit aswell. Any game that you buy for the Xbox 360 i can guarantee will come with the outstanding graphics that you would expect.
The Xbox 360 admitedly has a bit of a loud fan and used to have a 'Red Ring' Problem. However, this issue has now been solved and none of the Xbox 360's sold now with the NXE upgrade have this problem.
The ability to use wireless controllers with this console made gaming even easier. The wireless controllers have a decent range (9M) and this allows gaming to be easy and without annoying connection interuptions.
The Xbox 360 has amazing online capabilities and with Xbox Live which is it's own server it means that a brilliant connection is maintained and you can be sure that no 'lagging' will take place.
The ability to connect 4 controllers at once allows a wide range of local multiplayer games which makes the Xbox 360 not only a great 1player console but a great multiplayer console too!
Overall this console is the best that i have ever played on and i will continue to play on it for a very long time no matter what!
Since purchasing the Arcade System of the Xbox 360, I've had so many people tell me I was silly for not spending that little bit extra to get the hard drive, which costs a lot more to buy individually.
I'm happy with Arcade System. It has everything I need and gives me the flexibility to do whatever I like.
I don't save a lot of stuff. Yeah, I save quite a few games, but I have a perfectly good 64MB Xbox 360 memory stick to save stuff on, and I still have loads of room left. I have no interest in putting music on my Xbox, I think that's a silly con. I have a perfectly good stereo system and laptop to play music off, and don't want to unnecessarily overheat my Xbox by making that play all my music too.
I've never needed a hard drive, there's just no point. All my friends have them, but even the hardcore gamers don't save enough stuff to fill the whole hard drive.. nothing that wouldn't fit on a memory stick.
The Xbox is a fantastic games system. I have never regretted buying one. The games are exciting and fun, and Xbox is easy to get around, nothing complex about it.