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The next generation in gaming
Microsoft Xbox 360
Member Name: Dellie
Microsoft Xbox 360
Advantages: Quick and easy to use. An all round great machine.
Disadvantages: Can be noisy and produce a bit of heat.
This is a review for the Xbox 360 games console produced by Microsoft.
I have been a gamer of all types for some while and have owned my Xbox 360 console for three years. The console itself is white and is styled after your standard PC tower, although as well as standing up it can be layed on its side. On the face you have the disk drive, wireless control reciever, two memory card ports, the power button with four lights denoting which controllers are active, a synchronisation button to 'sync' the controllers and other wireless devices and finally two USB ports.
On the top of the machine is the port for the hard drive memory unit which comes in 20GB and 120GB.
As expected, at the rear are the ports for the power cable, scart cable to TV, HDMI port and one further USB port.
As an operating machine I find the Xbox 360 to be quite quick and easy to use. The 'dashboard' screen is clearly layed out with everything you need layed out on one line if you are playing offline and a few more of simple to navigate sections for online gaming, music and movies.
One fault is that the Xbox 360 console can be quite loud when running, generally you will not notice this as you are playing or even whilst watching a movie but the vibrations may be heard through a floor or you will catch a glimps of the noise as you shut down. One other problem is that the machine can give off a fair bit of heat, combined with the stress of compleating a difficult sevtion of a game you could work up quite a sweat. This also means you have to be wary of where your place the console as you need to give it plenty of air.
Towards the start of the Xbox 360's life, there was possabilities of the console overheating and/or crashing and rendering itself unoperatable. This has happened to me, but since getting a new machine I have had no problems as yet (touch wood). With new machines you can contact Microsoft who will replace or repair your console if any such thing should happen.
In all, aside from the few hickups with the early machines, I find the console reliable, quick and I wouldn't trade it in for the world.
You can purchase the Xbox 360 console with one controller online at Amazon.co.uk for around £119.99 and can pick it up on the highstreet at shops like Gamestation for around the same price.
Summary: The next generation in gaming
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