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Just wonderful gaming console
Microsoft Xbox 360
Member Name: Eazysteve
Microsoft Xbox 360
Date: 20/06/10, updated on 20/06/10 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Great to play. Better than the PS3 or Wii
Disadvantages: Very large.
My girlfriend and I saved up our hard earned money and forked out nearly £200 for an Xbox 360 with a 60gb hard drive and I can safely say this is the best console I have ever owned.
I first became interested in Mircrosoft's original Xbox due to the Halo series although soon fell out of love with it due to a number of reasons, mainly the fact I found a number of games on the PS2 which I preferred. However, after purchasing a Wii only to discover that there was a lack of decent games on it I put my head together with my girlfriend and decided that the Xbox 360 was the console for us.
That decision was nearly two years ago and ever since our games collection has grown and grown to well over 30 titles, all of which (with maybe the exception of one or two) are two quality games.
The console itself is quite large. It can stand upright or lay flat although I find it better to have upright only so that I can stand it next to our TV. Our one is white, but you can also get it in black and a range of other colours depending on games bundles you purchase with game skins for the machine. When I purchased mine you had three main options. The first and the cheapest was the Xbox with no hard drive which for me was a no brainer. What is the point in owning a console these days if you cannot save your games to it and have to keep forking out for memory cards (I have 12 memory cards for my old PS1!) The second option (which was the one I went for) was the Xbox 360 with a 60gb hard drive; more than enough space to save all your games with plenty to spare (I still have over half my space free despite numerous saves and downloads). The final option was the Xbox 360 with a 120gb hard drive. This option was a lot more expensive and I did not believe was one for me.
The console is very easy to set up. Simple plug the power cable in to the console and the wall, link it up to your TV and away you go. The console comes with a single controller which is wireless. This means that you no longer have to sit right up by the machine to play and can lounge leisurely on the other side of the room on a comfy sofa.
Once you switch the machine on you get a variety of options on a very user friendly interface. The home screen is very easy to navigate and allows you to do a variety of things like download videos, arcade games etc to personalise your console (Although to do this you often need to have access to the internet and be a gold Xbox Live member costing about £35 for the year per person).
Another great feature for the Xbox is that you can make your avatar very much like you if you like or can turn it into some sort of freak (which I notice a lot of people do).
All in all the console works very well and has a great number of unique titles on it which are fun to play alone or with someone in the room or on the internet. A must have for all game fans out there.
Generation Seventh generation era
Units sold Worldwide: 40 million (as of April 23, 2010)
Media DVD, Compact Disc, Download
Add-on: HD DVD (discontinued)
CPU 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
Graphics 500 MHz ATI Xenos
Sound Analog stereo
Stereo LPCM (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Dolby Digital with WMA pro (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Controller input 4 maximum* (any combination): Xbox 360 Controller (USB wired, 2.4 GHz wireless), Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, Rhythm game controllers, Big Button Pads*, Xbox 360 Arcade sticks, Ace Combat 6 Flight Stick.
Connectivity Original models
2.4 GHz wireless, 3 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit Ethernet
Add-on: Wifi 802.11a/b/g, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n
Revised "S" models
Summary: A must buy!