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The powerful octacore cpu built into this games console delivers the most stunning graphics of the 5th generation of gaming devices.
I love my xbox. Integration with windows media center is very handy as you can stream video from your laptop straight to your console eliminating wires. Music also.
The wonderful dvd upscaling technology in the xbox is amazing. When watching an old dvd in the xbox you are shocked by the clarity of the image. Full HD transmitting allows for an utterly impeccable viewing experience.
However, lack of blu ray is a bummer. You can stream full HD on the video app zune though. It would also good if it was more portable and made less noise. The dvd drive makes an awful lot of it! Which can interfere with your game!
The various xbox live apps are extremely fun and intuitive to use especially with kinect. (not included in this package).
Overall, I don't think you could go wrong with one of these!
I have owned many consoles so far inc. sega dreamcast, sega megadrive, playstation, playstation 2. The gaming experience of the xbox 360 is significantly better than any of these however. The way the controller feels and the way it is used allows for a great gaming experience.
The included headset makes playing online far more enjoyable as you can talk to other players freely. I've had great times meeting new people from all over the globe as you work towards similar objectives. Of course, some games compatible with Xbox360 work better with online play than others. Microsoft decided not to include online playability as standard with the xbox360 (unlike the developers of the Playstation 3 who included it for free), opting instead to charge users a subscription to 'Xbox live' on top of the cost of the console and games.
The high memory storage with elite consoles (in this case 120GB) is useful for those who want to play lots of games, but also use their console as more of an entertainment system; music and videos can also be stored and used on the console.
Aesthetically, it doesn't look very nice. It's chunky and matt i.e. not sleek and shiny which is what usually looks best with electrical goods (think of slim tv screens). I find it incredible to think they had slimline playstation 2s before this console was released and yet the xbox360 is over 10 times the thickness.
Having said this, I prefer it to any other console I have, as yet, played on (including PS3 and the Wii). Recommended.
This was my first Xbox 360, and I must say that after owning on for over 3 years now and not had any major issues with the device.
If you purchase this first hand (ie unused) you should be getting
-One black xbox 360
-one component cable
-one power supply unit
-one black wired headset
-one wireless black xbox controller
-one cat 5 ethernet cable
-one hdmi cable
-one month free xbox live gold subscription
-and all the usual documents that come with consoles
Many people have been saying things like the red ring of death and this has scared many potential buyers away, I personally have not had this problem.
The console is finished in matte black and is very easy to clean (not counting liquid spills)
Thou the device does have both HDMI via the port official HMDI port on the back or you could use the component cable to deliver HD or standard definition to your TV (depending on capabilities of the TV), this I must say is a thumbs up for Microsoft as it not only allows the device to be used with the newer HD TVs but also the older generation of TVs that possibly not have a HDMI port or support HD.
Thou the ethernet port in the back of the console is very welcomed and does mean that the device is internet ready at any time, the exclusion of a wireless network adapter integrated into the console was a bit of a downer, however considering the speed that wireless communicates at if you are a regular network game player you'd use the ethernet port for your networking and internet needs.
I bought an Xbox 360 Elite as a replacement when my old 360 stopped working. The Xbox 360 is a great way to get HD, hardcore games for a cheaper price point than the PS3. The Elite comes with the console, leads, a wireless controller, a headset and a 120GB hard drive.
When you buy the console there are two accessories you really ought to buy if you want the most out of your games; an HDMI lead and subscription to Xbox Live. An HDMI cable is a Full-HD digital video cable which will give you superior video and audio to the one included in the box, and Xbox Live is the paid-for online multiplayer that lets you play your games against other people online. The PS3 equivalent, PlayStation Network, is free, but Xbox Live is in my opinion a higher quality service.
If you have a Windows PC on the same network as your Xbox you can stream films and music from Windows Media Center to the Xbox. However if you don't the Xbox 360 is a good media player in it's own right; HD films and music can be downloaded to the hard drive via Zune, Microsoft's media service, and you can play DVDs and CDs with the DVD player. You can also rip CDs to the hard drive. The PS3 does have a slight edge here as it has a Blu-Ray player.
The 120GB storage is great for storing game add-ons downloadable via Xbox Live, such as map packs and bonus content. You can also download the aforementioned media and game demos. If you rip CDs to the hard drive most games will allow you to play your own music instead of the game's soundtrack.
A great feature I use on the Xbox is the ability to install an Xbox 360 game from the disc to the hard drive. While you still have to put the disc in to play, the game plays from the hard drive, so in return for using up 6-7GB of your hard drive you get a quieter, cooler console and faster loading times. This is useful because a problem with the Xbox 360 is when playing a game it usually makes a lot of noise and heat.
I find the controller much more comfortable to use than the PlayStation gamepad. It is much larger and rounded and fits in your hands quite well, although it is a bit heavier. You'll probably want to invest in either a 'Play and Charge' kit or some rechargeable AA batteries, or you'll end up buying lots of batteries.
I had a clear choice.. PS3 or Xbox 360, the reason i chose the 360 was simply the price, the elite version features a bigger storage of 120GB which is more than enough for your gaming needs, however it's not only used for gaming, it can store pictures videos, even games.
My package came with a free headset, xbox live gold subscription for a month and a hdmi cable which i didn't use as i have the monster HDMI cables which DO make a difference, the quality and smoothness of the gaming is amazing! I had bought it from comet for £189.99, something around that price.
The built quality is above average, it's quite sturdy and the glossy black finish adds to the quality, the touch features when turning on the console and opening the tray are a great extra feature.
I usually only play fifa and some shooting games but my prime interest is football so xbox live is essential! I don't want to blow my own trumpet but I'm the top player amongst my friends and when my free gold subcription expired i was gutted, I missed online gaming and boasting rights amongst friends so
I was forced to renew my subscription, i bought the 12 month subscription for around £30 I think, this is one of the negative points of xbox, i believe PS3 gamers don't have to pay any fees for online gaming.
However xbox live is not only for online gaming, game demos, videos, pictures all types of media can be downloaded.
I would definitely recommend buying this product as the extra storage space is essential for the full xbox 'experience'.
The 360 Elite has reportedly better build quality than the original Xbox 360, not suffering from the overheating and other component problems that plagued the original model. The HD adapter has been upgraded to 1.2 and you can now get a 120 GB hard drive.
I replaced my original broken 360 with an Elite model. Frustratingly the disc drive didn't read any discs so back it went. The second model worked correctly and has served me well over the last few years.
The Elite model is still incredibly loud, when reading a disc it sounds like a plane taking off. I would recommend installing games before playing them, a new feature which is quite welcome. When watching a quiet scene on a DVD movie I have to turn the volume up a lot because my Xbox Elite is loudly wheezing and coughing.
Performance-wise it behaves a lot better than the original model. I haven't had any game freezes or RRODs. There are two USB ports in the front which are useful because you can charge the controllers, plug in a USB for films or music and also plug in a USB keyboard so you can type without taking ages playing hunt-the-letter, or splurging on an 'official microsoft controller keyboard'.
Setting up the 360 Elite out of the box is straightforward, with all required peripherals being included and following the pictorial instructions I was ready to go in about ten minutes.
On the downside the black elite controller feels flimsier than the original white 360 gamepads, and the analog stick on mine hasn't worked properly in the past 6 months.
You can use the 360 Elite without an internet connection and still play multiplayer games, but as soon as you join Xbox Live you have to download lots of big updates. This is partly because Microsoft decided to ape the Nintendo Wii's 'Avatar' system, so now you have to waste time creating a version of yourself so you can socialise with people online. Can I not just play some games please? No, I have to go through this tedious process first. Frustratingly when I want to play a game with a friend on my console we have to create a temporary profile for them, which is just another hoop to jump through.
Now Xbox Live has diversified, offering Facebook apps, online TV, music videos, purchasable games and movies and lots of other 'lifestyle opportunities' that I don't touch 99% of, not being part of some nebulous demographic that the suits at Microsoft conjured up to justify adding everything they could think of to Xbox Live.
With my original Xbox I could load a USB drive up with a film, plug it in and play it even without an Xbox connection. Presumably this is because the codecs required were stored in the hard disk. Now after the Xbox Live update I require an online connection to download the codec every time I want to watch a film, so it seems like I have been penalised in terms of convenience so I have to use the online services so Microsoft can look good.
Even changing some very basic display settings becomes an exhausting exercise in dicking around as I have to navigate through various sub-menus to find the correct setting.
I love the games library that the Xbox 360 has, but the 360 is plagued by a clumsy operating system that is stuffed with unnecessary extras.
I have always been a play station guy! Untill I played the new xbox 360! And ive got to say what a brilliant buy!! Lovely console! Modern and brilliant games! Have had no problems and runs smoothly! It is quiet and hdmi cables give GREAT picture quality on my telly! Can use to play online, wireless controllers and their battery life is long! (Can use USB wire to recharge battery when you need to). Pretty slim and looks great in black! Games on xbox are great and Microsoft are leading innovation! For the price such a lovely addition for any gamer! I would say this has the edge over the play station! Can get xbox live for about £8 a month. Thats £2 a week! A must if you are a serious gamer! ;-). The controls are comfortable to hold and easy to use. I like the start up menu for the xbox itself (And there are even games in the memory). (Internal harddrive to save games) dvd player and more! Brilliant buy! Xbox is the future!
Got this for my son as a christmas present from Ebay at £130.00 and yes he is very pleased with it.
Gaming is very good, with the HDMI version you get very clear images and great sound as long as you've connected the xbox up to your TV using a HDMI cable.
It includes a 120gb hard drive which is really good for game saves, music, videos and photos, also you can copy any of your favourite games to your hard drive and play them from there, providing you have the game still in the drive, this is a good way to play your games as it will prolong the life of your laser lense, the xbox won't make as much noise when playing games and you won't get any crashes or game disc reading errors whilst in the middle of playing your favourite game.
The build of this console is quite good, it looks great in black and the controller is wireless and after a few games you get used to using all the different buttons.
The graphics are on the same level as a PS3, (i know as i own one) i noticed all the games for the XBOX360 show up on full 1080p resolution which is really good if you have a very large screen. The only thing i have a problem with is the sound of the console, it can be quite loud when playing a game, but if you copy the game to your hard drive like i stated above, then theres no issue.
Now onto the media part of things, you can connect your xbox wirelessly to your computer and stream your music, videos and photos using windows media centre, which is very good and reliable as long as you have good broadband speed, you can also copy your favourite music CD to your xboxs hard drive and listen to the music whilst playing your favourite games, NICE.
If your looking for online gaming the xbox 360 is capable of doing so, the downfall is that you have to buy a gold membership, 12months will set you back about £32.00, but you can buy a less amount of months for a smaller price. Advantages of a gold membership not only includes online gaming, but you are open to alot more media features like, downloading and watching movies, listening to radio stations, you can even watch Sky TV, you can even chat with your friends too, by video or text.
So i would definately recommend buying one as its a great games console with added media and online features.
upgraded to the xbox 360 elite just over a year ago and have encountered no problems with it and expect none in the future (eventhough the warranty has expired). It is a brilliant machine and unlike my previous xbox 360 premium it does not sound like a rattly old car when you turn it on or put it through extensive gaming sessions. Most importantly the xbox 360 elite has a massive games catalogue and has the reputation of the 'hardcore gaming machine', and in my opinion it exceeds this in every way. Why Microsoft? I have had many conversations with Sony fans who try and persuade me that the Sony PS3 is a better console. Personally I stand by the fact if you want an affordable blue-ray DVD player, or enjoy the Sony multimedia experience you buy the PS3 but if you want a gaming console, with the most popular online gaming experience (xbox live - which is addictive, easy to use and get to grips with and an essential experience for any gamer), an unbeatable games catalogue and the sensational xbox 360 graphics, this is the console to go for! Why this model? The xbox 360 elite, due to the release of the newer version (xbox 360 250gb) can now be bought at a price of £119.99, preowned, from Game and similar deals can be accomplished else where, meaning that the xbox 360 elite not only is a fantastic console but can also be bought for close to what the base model will cost you. In my opinion the xbox 360 elite is a brilliant compromise between the xbox 360 20GB (which i have previously owned) and the newer xbox 360 250GB (which I have used many a time round friend's houses) the reason being the only noticeable difference between the elite and the 250GB models is the elite is nearing £90 cheaper (and the 130GB you gain - thinking that I have owned the console for over a year; downloaded music, videos and game demo's and I still have 72GB worth of memory left with the elite's 120GB hard drive. The the question is raised is the 250GB hard drive needed? in my opinion no - the extra is just excess which I believe is unnecessary, unless you find the need to brag about how much memory your console has). The xbox 360 elite also has a HDMI ports and comes with a HD cable this means unlike the previous model you can play every game in 1080p. The cable fits nicely into the rear of the console and is less bulky than th usual 'scart' cable. MY recommendation is to use the HDMI port with the cable and a HD tv. It makes a massive difference and thoroughly improves clarity. It is also one thing that sets it apart from the WII. Conclusion Overall fantastic product; reliable, moderately priced and runs smoothly - what more could one ask for... The gaming capabilities on any xbox 360 especially the newer models such as the elite are immense and one must consider the xbox 360 everytime. This is an adaptation of a review from my Ciao account BazzaBoyT, feel free to have a look :)
In my opinion the xbox 360 is much more versatile than people give it credit for. Many people think of it as just a games machine, however it is more than than. If you wish, you are able to watch or rent movies, enjoy sky player on it as well as store photos, play arcade games, and many more things.
The main rival of the xbox 360 is the playstation 3, and I am going to try and compare the two, so that you can make a more informed descision on which one you would like.
All of the big game manufacturers make games for xbox 360 as well as playstation (apart from one or two), so there is no competition where this is concerned. There is much debate as to whether the graphics are better on the ps3 or the xbox, but for me, they look exactly the same.
The xbox elite has a huge 120gb hard drive which you can store things on, as does the ps3 (although the size of the hardrive varies). To be honest, unless you are going to be storing a lot of movies then this is plenty (I only use about 5gb). I think that the xbox controller feels better in your hand, but this is down to personal preferene.
There are two things that really annoy me about the xbox, which you won't encounter with the ps3. First is the red ring of death. For those of you who don't know, this is a red ring that appears on the front of the xbox and basically tells you that it is overheated and broken. People claim to be able to fix this problem, but it just comes back. The newer elites do not have this problem so much (as far a I know), due to a modification by microsoft.
The second thing is that you have to pay to play online games. I think that having bought the xbox and the game, you should be entitled to play it for free.
I actually play the xbox a lot more, because this is the console that my friends play on, however having written this review I have actually realised that it has very little going for it against the ps3.
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I think the thing about an Xbox is less about the console and more about what Xbox is offering you like the range of games and the online capabilities.
The Xbox Elite is much like any others before it, they have ironed out a few kinks such as the 'red ring of death' that has seemed to plague previous Xbox's. The memory capacity is higher and it has a sleeker look.
When deciding whether to buy an Xbox or Ps3 you really need to look at the games more than anything, make sure there is a sufficient number of games available on the console before buying. For me it was easy, the Xbox, they Microsoft has a better range of games than both Nintendo (Wii more aimed at kids) and Sony for the PS3 where there was probably only two or three games i wanted to play. So the Xbox had an easy win there.
The Xbox itself is a good console, it is robust, durable and is easy to use. Hope this helps, my advice when looking for a games console is to look at the games rather than the features of the console. But if looking between the Xbox 360 and the Elite, i think the Elite has ironed out some problems so you wont be bothered by it breaking down.
My best friend convinced me to buy this system, and I'm sure glad he did, because this Xbox 360 is awesome! I've only owned my unit for a few months, but I am very happy with it so far.
Everything that I needed to get started playing was right in the box. I received the console, power bick, a/v cables, one wireless controller, a headset to use with xbox live, and an ethernet cable to get on the internet. Setting up the system was very easy. All I had to do was plug in a few cables, sync my controller to the console, go through a few navigation screens, and I was at the home screen! It was a shock to me to see how many different options that I had to choose from. I'm used to just putting a cd in my gaming console and having it load up, but with the Xbox, I can download extra content and game demos, stream music and tv, and a bunch of other stuff.
After a few days, I signed up to Xbox live, which is the online gaming community for Xbox players. My system had to download several updates that took a few minutes, but after that, I was ready to play with people from all over. It was very easy and fun to create an avatar.
The controller to the xbox is great. It isn't too big, but it isn't too small. The buttons are placed perfectly so that you won't hit two buttons at the same time on accident. I love the fact that the controller is wireless so that I can sit far away from my system without any problems.
The games that I have played had amazing graphics and sound quality. I was stunned to see how beautiful everything was. There was such high detial in everything, that I found myself getting lost in the graphics instead of playing the game.
The size of the hard drive is 120gb, which is plenty of space for saved games, demos, music files, and any other file you can put on there. I never worry about running out of space in the future.
Overall, I love this system. It has a sleek look and is a ton of fun.
I honestly thought that nothing could ever beat a playstation3 but i was wrong. I recently traded in 2 wiis for my xbox which cost me £199.99. Ifyou buy it through blockbuster now you get a months free game rentals aswell which is awsome to test out the new games before you buy them. The xbox come with a massive amount of storage 250. Even though i dont use mine online ive heard they are brilliant and provide many hours of gaming fun. The console is abit noisy as you can hear it whizzing round when the sound is down but it does not seem to get hot.
Touch buttons on the console are extremely sensitve on the console and even come on when i run the duster over it. They say it is a slimline version but to me its not small at all, personally i had to move some stuff out of the way to fit it on my tv stand. extra remotes come at a price and i would 100% buy the rechargable back packs that go with them as they really do come in handy and when fully charge seem to last forever.
Microsoft have created a great games console capable of many things such as: Playing games, Watching and downloading videos and playing DVDs and Music. One of the major flaws of the Xbox is that its reliability rating is poor and often breaks, i have had mine repaired three times. They can be repaired easily if your Warranty hasn't ran out. This pack consists of: The Xbox 360 Console, A wireless controller, A headset used for speaking online and all the cables needed to get you going. The Xbox has great online play and very reasonable prices from £3-£5 a month depending on which package you have. Easy used controls for parents with things such as limiting play time and game rating controls. A wide selection of games to chose from and with the 120 Gb harddrive you'll never run out of save space. With your own profile that you can customize and make an avatar you can make look like you. With a friends list you can chose who you like and want to play with. If looking for a games console this is a good option as it is not too expensive for the price its at and its features.
This is the second xbox i have had since my first one overheated and got the red ring of death, it seems overall to be more stable, not getting as hot even though i am playing it more often and looking a load cooler. The 250GB hard drive is very very useful for saving my games onto, as the games can then be run from the hard drive so there are very few moving parts because the disk does not need to spin during play, just one time to check the game is actually owned, as there are less moving parts the fan does not need to spin as much so it is a lot quieter and also a lot cooler with less chance of hardware failure.
The gaming experience this console offers in my opinion is the best out of all the available home consoles, the Multiplayer experience is amazing as there is such a huge community, Microsoft rates every user judged on there Trueskill to make a more fair match making experience as you are only made to play against people of the same skill level.
The game catalogue is the biggest of the home consoles boasting exclusive titles such as fable, halo, gears of war and many many more.