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I haven a Xbox 360 Slim 250gb. Where shall i start? Ah Yes the design. The design looks absolutely stunning and You can place it anywhere as its generally easy to fit and easy to set up without any messing about just plug in and play and get started creating your Xbox live account ( Thats if you wish the purchase Xbox live THIS IS OPTIONAL) I personally have been an Xbox live customer for 5 years now and xbox 360 has failed to disappoint me. I have seen videos on the PS3 Ive also had one of them but In my personal experience the loading times were way too slow. But back to the 360, The Xbox 360 is nice and quiet but you can slightly hear the fans when your playing a game. The touch sensitive on and off and eject button is very cool indeed! It reads disks fine and im yet to have a problem with my console and ive had it for a while.
I've played loads of games from the Newest Need for speeds to the Call of duty and Battlefields. They all play well the controller is very nice and fits well into your hand and isn't uncomfortable. The Xbox comes with a Big 250gb hard drive plenty for all your game saves and all of your data and music or anything you wish to put on your Xbox. You can also set up listening to music from your PC on your xbox. I have music on my PC set up them two together and was listening to music On my Xbox from my PC in no time. I've never had lag issues or overheating issues overall great performance Nice and quiet and Looks brilliant too! But the only issue i can pick with it is if anyone accidentally brushes the eject or on or off button it can turn off and my dog once turned it off sniffing it with his nose so just bare this in mind when purchasing one. XBOX LIVE INFO - I have always found this service very fast always trustworthy ive never had my details or account stolen and i have always been able to trust it, I guess this is what you get for paying for a Good service.
Brought this console as I had tried a friends Kinect out with the adventures game & just loved it., it makes playing compatible games more fun (with added sillyness) was easy to setup & once had placed the Kinect sensor infront of the tv & connected all the cables last thing to do was setup a xbox live account which costs £5.99 a month but can buy a 12 month subscription if prefer., plus you get a month free when you register!
after setting up the console & inserting the game you are prompted with a quick setup guide to allow the Kinect sensor to see you properly & once that's finished it can track all your body movements when playing the game(s) Kinect adventures is really good fun & has a range of activities my favourite being avoiding being hit by things as you move along a track on a sort of skateboard kind of thing., it also takes random pictures of the player which can then upload to facebook or other social sites if you would like to., also with xbox live gold subscription you can rent or buy films & tv shows & also music which can all be played from the home screen which makes a great entertainment centre also the Kinect is voice controlled so you can pause the video when making a drink or the phone rings all without having to look for the remote which really does make things easier in my opinion.,
The day Fifa 13 came out, I had to buy a new Xbox because my old 60GB Premium Console could no longer read new discs that were uninstalled on the console. I found it just as easy, if not easier to set up than the old console. It was also quick to download and install its updates and I was gaming again within 20 minutes of owning the console. I was very pleased with how fast the console ran and how quiet it was when playing a disc.
The quality of the product is very good. It has a plastic outer shell which has caps to stop dust from entering the USB ports. The fan works excellently as it keeps the console very cool even after a few straight hours of gaming. I am definitely not a light user of my Xbox and so far I have used this console alot during its first month or two and I have never had a problem with it. All my updates are quickly downloaded and installed correctly and it still runs as smoothly after the two months which is great.
The 250GB of data space is also easily enough to save 100's of games and lots of media such as films, photos and music.
The windows 8 operating system now allows you to do even more like customize your homepage, download apps such as Netflix and LoveFilm and the system doesn't have any major glitches which is very good. The console is very good at integrating your social life through using apps like Facebook and Twitter which are available to download and use to your leisure.
The design of the console is very good because it is small and compact unlike the earlier models and is lightweight so is easy to take to a friends house or move around the home. There are also not many wires so it takes up less space and there are less hazardous parts to the console.
I would recommend this gaming console to anyone looking to buy a new console. I would also recommend it over the Playstation 3 because of it having more features such as party chat and exclusive games only on Xbox. The controller is also more user friendly because of its ergonomic design. I am very impressed with this console and I rate it very highly.
There is often debate about the best console of this generation, and given that the wii is aimed at only casual gamers and families i will leave this console out. That leave only the xbox and playstation. I should point out that i have all three and this is the only one to dissapoint. Everything it does well my ps3 does better and im rather annoyed at having to pay just to go online when sony offer it just as good for free.
It has so far broken twice, the repairs were under warranty but this should not happen! The product feels cheaply built and doesnt output true HD (full 1080p). Instead images are upscaled and so they dont look as good.
Games built for all platforms like gta dont look much different though which is good but lots of them ask too much of the system and i am often plagued by low frame rates.
The only reason i bought this was to play exclusive xbox games however i am having better joy running emulated versions on my pc.
It would have made sense buying this console years ago for a budget system but with a playstation being little more these days there is just no point as the game exclusives on ps3 are better too. This is ofcourse.
This console is probably the most played and most bought of all the consoles as it is quick and easy to set up with no messing around.
This console has the 2nd largest storage space as the largest is 320GB, but i find 250GB more than enough for saved games and to install my favourite games onto the HDD.
The main feature of course is xbox live which hosts the largest multiplayer community of all time. With popular games like Call of Duty and Halo, which have thousands of players on a day to day basis.
The console provides hours upon hours of entertainment and gameplay, and with games you can just download off of the marketplace there is no effort involved.
One of the features i like about the new xbox design is the noise made from both the eject and the power button of the front of the console, it is only a tiny feature but is amusing none-the-less.
This console also has a built in wireless device that you can connect straight to your router, so there is no need to buy one as was the case with the older model of xbox.
One thing i dislike about this console is that is has no space for the small memory units designed for the older model which were helpful with transferring your profile from one xbox to another without having to recover your gamertag all the time.
Now obviously I am a girl so my review may be a lot less technical than some, mine is based more on how we use it and how my household plays it.
We brought this Xbox as a family Christmas present to everyone. I also purchased the Kinnect and quite a few games as an additional surprise for various family members. We opted for this Xbox because I preferred the black model as it lloks a lot sleeker and more modern, plus I know it's a little fussy, but it matches the TV as well. We also wanted the 250gb memory so that we could all store games etc on it without fear of it running out.
Since we opened it on Christmas day we replaced out older white Xbox and at least one of us has used it everyday. I like Zumba and Sonic, my partner enjoys action games such as Rise of Nightmares and Red Dead Redemption and younger members of the family enjoy games such as Explosion Man and Viva Pinaita.
The larger memory is working out really well for us. We have stored a whole load of music and videos so our Xbox can be used as an entertainment centre. Games can be saved easily and without compromise. Having up to 4 people, each playing different games means we do use a lot of memory and this has definately been a very good buy for our household.
I had the original Xbox 360 20gb white "fat" one which was very loud and hot when playing games, it also did not have a very good amount of storage but got the job done. With this 250gb slim model when playing a game it is much quieter than the white one even without the game installed, when the game is installed to the huge 250gb hard drive it is nearly silent. The slim one is also slimmer and smaller which allows for use in smaller spaces. The 250gb hard drive allows for all my games (about 15 games) and I still have about 170-180gb left, that is also with save files, dlc, arcade games, themes, etc... Overall the looks of this slim model is much better but it shows dust and finger prints much easier. The tocuh buttons on the front of the console are responsive and good, apart from the fact that they make a beep noise which could wake someone up if they are sleeping in the same room. My old white one did not have a hdmi output so this allows me to use it on my hdmi tv which has increased the picture quality a lot. Overall this is much better than the white version and it worth the money. I got mine for about £200 December 2010 with Fifa 11 from Game.
This xbox is simply amazing, it looks sleek and posh, it's very quiet, and it has a massive hard drive. I got this for Christmas in 2010, after having a white xbox arcade with a small hard drive. I got this because my other one had got the red ring of death, and even after having it fixed it broke down again :(. I decided to ask for because it had built in wifi and a massive hard drive, and it was well worth the begging! I have had it for over a year and it hasn't got broken down once, not even frozen. Its super quiet and works well with kinect. The games that are available are mostly all really good, and playing with your friends online over xbox live is very good. The servers never crash, and don't get hacked. Also, the graphics are immense, and the controller feels nice to hold. Then again, that is just my opinion.
Although coming to the end of its life cycle with the next generation Xbox expected in 2013, the Xbox 360 Slim is still a good games console and a welcome addition to any home entertainment setup.
Featuring built in wireless capabilities and ready for the Xbox Kinnect system, the Xbox 360s is capable of a wide variety of entertainment, from gaming, to music, video, images and using as a media receiver when streaming video and audio from another computer or home network.
The 250Gb hard drive provides reasonable space to install games for slightly improved loading times and to reduce wear and tear on the system's DVD player. You can also use this space to download movies from the built-in Zune function, or download games from the Xbox arcade. Ripping audio from CD to the Xbox is also possible and a welcome feature as some games allow user-defined playlists or tracks to be played and some people might just want to listen to their favourite music while the disc drive is otherwise in use.
The system can be placed on its side, or flat on the desk, depending on your preferences and space concerns but do not try to move the system while it is in use or you will damage the components. The new S design also features improved heat dissipation, resulting in fewer general hardware failures (the commonly known Red Ring of Death) than the previous version of the console. It is also slightly lighter and less bulky, making it more suitable for moving about or just taking less space.
With a recent "dashboard" update - dashboard being the 360's user interface - several new applications have been added such as the ability to stream films through LoveFilm and Netflix (subscription required), the ability to watch videos from popular sites such as Youtube and Dailymotion, as well as several on-demand services such as 4OD (Channel 4's on-demand service). This means that the Xbox 360 can now fully be considered part of a home entertainment system although access to these services is dependent on being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber at a cost of roughly £5.99 a month, or £35 per year. Netflix and Zune also offer HD video services for those with fast connections, or in Zune's case a user can choose to download a HD movie first. You can also play DVDs through the console.
A wide variety of games are available for the console, including the Xbox-exclusive 'Halo' games and most of the more popular franchises such as 'Modern Warfare', 'FIFA' and 'GTA' games. The Xbox Live Marketplace sells downloadable content for some games and a few customisation options for the interface itself.
The system comes with the console, one wireless control pad, batteries, power pack and headset and various console + game deals exist.
On the downside, this console does not have Blu-Ray support as Microsoft went with the now defunct HD-DVD (the HD-DVD player was a separately purchased item).
The new Xbox design released in 2010 is a huge improvement from the previous Xbox consoles. The sleek, black design and convenient new features, such as a sensor (touch-sensitive buttons) that opens the tray and another to turn off the console, make it a very different console from its predecessor. Although these buttons are useful, it does become a bit frustrating if it takes a while to work, and sometimes I've found myself wondering if its working at all while I wait for a reaction.
The console comes with built in wireless which is an excellent addition as with my previous console, I had to use a 10m Ethernet cable to connect to the internet, which was an eyesore and potentially dangerous due to its tripping hazard. As well as this, a wireless adapter is often an expensive addition to allow Xbox Live (online gaming) to function, and sometimes difficult to set up for those of us who aren't necessarily technologically experienced, and so its a handy addition.
The console itself is somewhat quiet for such a complex design and is smaller than previous versions, meaning it takes up much less space and looks much neater. It is roughly an inch or two smaller in height, but about the same size elsewhere, but looks much more modern and would fit comfortably on anyone's TV shelves.
There is plenty of memory capacity with 250GB and the software experience on the 360 is second to none. The features of the console are extensive, with the option to watch movies, Sky, visit Facebook and to use MSN messenger, download arcade games and much more. Xbox games on the market are highly varied, with a game for everyone, from a fun great-for-children game like The Simpsons, to first person shooters like Gears of War, Halo, and Call of Duty, which have now developed into long and successful series.
However, there are some cons, such as the heat that comes from the console that can often get very hot, and the sound of the turning of the 'gears', which admittedly can be prevented by installing your games onto the HDD. Although both the noise, overheating and fear of the Red Ring of Death (which is simply when your console overheats and fails internally resulting in the power button showing 3 red lights) can be off putting, all of this can be helped by downloading directly to your hard drive which means that although the disk needs to be sat in the console, its not actually being read and so there is much less chance of these things occurring. The vents on this version of Xbox 360 are much more intelligently positioned and so the console cools much more faster, anyway.
Xbox Live (which can be purchased for an annual fee that although isn't cheap, isn't ridiculously expensive either) adds a whole new dimension to gaming. You aren't restricted to playing alone, or in story mode in whichever game you choose to play, as there is often the option to 'go online' and play against or with people across the world. It is possible to add fellow gamers as friends, to send messages or voice clips and to compete against them to be the best of the best. To someone not entirely experienced with this it might seem a daunting and complicated process, but the reality is that nothing could be simpler. Everything is explained clearly and in a straightforward way and in the end the hardest part will be picking which Gamertag (name) you wish to use!
Got this xbox around 5 months ago after trading my old classic xbox arcade.
Going from a machine with a 20gb hard drive to one with 250gb is a massive jump and is one worth doing. You notice the difference after you download a few demo's and save a few games and haven't got anywhere near filling the hard drive. The machine seems a little quieter than the old one, definitely slimmer, looks better but runs the same (no faster boot up)
My mixed emotions are around the fact that the main advantage that was sold to me with this machine was that it was quieter. having played around with this xbox, after installing the game on my old one and running from the saved file on the hard drive, i wouldn't say it was that much quieter.
These have just dropped in price again and are worth the money for sure, add kinect on top of it and you are talking serious play!
Since I was able to buy this new installment of the microsoft's xbox devices during the week it came out i have managed to come up with many good and bad points.
the good points are not only just that of the more memory but also that compared to previous xbox 360 consoles it is a lot more quieter and stays cooler for longer. it also includes the wireless adapter built in which would previously have cost over £50 and it has a kinect slot built in which allows for the kinect device to be used without a power adapter. it also builds of faults of the previous devices which suffered from the dreaded RROD which has now been dealt with in that of the Red dot of safety this is that a red dot would appear on the device when it is getting so hot that it could cause a hardware malfunction.
the faults of the device are that it;s wireless isnt so great although it offers N connectivity it is quite has to set up and doesn't always stay connected. it also has a new type of HDD which prevents older hard drives from being used.
overall I like this device and never get tired of hearing the satisfying ping which it makes when being turned on.
I would recommend this to people with older xbox's and would say to people who dont have an xbox defiantly get this one
As an avid xbox fan, this was a great release and a great replacement for my old 360 which i had to replace 3 times due to the red ring of death. as well as being more reliable, the new xbox 360 is much more quieter, infact i have left it on by mistake as i cant hear it. the design is much more sleeker than the old model and the colour matches most tvs. the built in wifi is a great addition, before i had to fork out £40 for one.
the 250gb hard drive is way to much for me but this can only be a good thing as like everyone, i cant be bothered forking through everything in the memory just so i can download the latest demo.
the xbox as a whole is a great console with a vast selection of games. you have to pay for xbox live but it is worth it if you play online as it is a very good experience.
Id recommend any gamer fan to purchace this console.
It's cheap, simple to hook up, and easy to get going quickly with little hassle and etc. Simply, its quiet, has a pretty decent build. It has hdmi output, but comes with no cord, and its upgradeable. If the games are not installed on to an optional hard drive, or a flash drive (games can be installed onto usb flash drives, the disc spinning noise is relatively loud.
The techy part:
Graphics depend on your monitor/televisions ability to upscale, on higher resolution televisions/monitors the graphics are greatly dependent on the upscaling ability of your display. If you are dissatisfied with the produced graphics, adjusting color settings, and input options (Standard, Intermediate, Expanded, RGB, ycbto be specific) can provide some resolve for aliasing. It wont make much of a difference for those with lower resolution displays.
Alternatively, if you are tech savvy, this model can be upgraded with specific western digital notebook HDDs, for a cheaper method to create a 250gig xbox with 4gb flash memory (theoretically better than the premium model). One just needs to purchase the correct hard drive, flash a downloadable firmware, and optionally buy an enclosure (which i recommend for the fitting to be flush).
If your not up for that, you can purchase one from Microsoft ready to go, for a bit more money.
In comparison to the ps3, simply you wont see much difference in graphics, one is not better than the other. In terms of graphics in specific, specific games have higher resolutions on each console (eg. ff13 higher res on ps3, black ops, crysis 2 higher res on xbox). This means specific games are better suited to specific consoles, however, you must possess a good eye to even recognize the differences. Additionally, if you are not running at a high resolution display, the difference is nonexistent. So essentially it really comes down to your preference, there is no major difference, truthfully.
The graphics don't really compare to a quality computer, but between consoles there is very little difference. For those who are less tech savvy or looking for simplicity, or price, this is quite solid and a great upgrade from the previous generation.
I often get asked which games console is better, the Xbox 360 or the Ps3? Well having owned both at one point, I can hand on heart say that the Xbox 360 is a clear winner. And now on top of that, we have been gifted a shiny new console!
What you get in the box:
1 250gb Xbox 360 slim console, with a glossy black finish and chrome accents
1 Xbox 360 wireless controller with a black matte finish and glossy accents, with a chrome menu button
1 Xbox 360 wired headset in black
1 set of power leads (black)
1 set of scart/component cables (black)
1 set of instructions and welcome booklet
Ok for starters, if there is anyone out there thinking of getting the 4gb version, I strongly reccomend against this! 4gb of memory won't get you anywhere, as most of this is taken up by the operating systems, it doesn't leave enough space for game saves, downloads, game updates etc... It may seem tempting to go for the cheaper option, but if your an avid gamer, you will only end up upgrading the harddrive which will end up costing you more.
Looks - The look of this new console is simply beautiful (as far as game consoles go) it looks sleek and contempory, and much less of an eyesore as the original or elite. Although oversensitive at times, the touch controls for the power and tray opening/closing are excellent, with a little sound made everytime these are used.
Noise - This new console is whisper quiet, I found that even when playing games with strong graphics, I could only here the fan marginally, compared to the original console which sounded like a light aircraft taking off.
Kinect - This console is Kinect 'ready' which means it is all set up for you to plug in and play Kinect, but Kinect is NOT included with the console.
Controller and Headset - The controller is the same wireless controller as all the rest, except that it has a more stylish design.
With the headset, I found that the mouth piece was slightly shorter than that found on older consoles, so I went back to using my headset I got with my Xbox Elite.
Content/Xbox live - As with the older consoles, you can still play DVD's listen to music from your computer via windows media PC set-up, or straight from your console. Also are the normal parental controls and general console settings.
Xbox live for me is the best gaming experience there is in the world at the moment. If you have an Xbox Live gold account you can do the following - Live TV streaming from SKY - Regular game news - Free music via Last FM - Music and Movies available to rent or buy from Zune - the latest Xbox 360 games Available to fully download as well as Xbox originals, Arcade games, Game Add-ons, Game Demos, Map packs, picture packs, and themes etc, Xbox Avatar's which you can customize to look however you want. And the main thing for me which is the ability to play games online with my friends and chat to them in an Xbox live party.
Gold membership varies from month to month to 12 months one off payment. I currently get the month to month, which at the time of writing this review, costs £5.99. I think for the content on offer, the price is justified.