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Microsoft - Xbox 360 Console System (20GB)

Model: B4J-00107SKU: 8492838

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A console gamers dream

    Posted
    Jdknight25
    • Featured Reviews

    There are many things you'll read about the 360 while researching which console to buy. After a year and a half of hands on the 360 has run almost flawlessly for me minus a few game freezes that you'll encounter on any system. Where it's at is the games, and there are plenty. Alot of fun is to be had with this console, and I honestly own all 3 next generation consoles, but the 360 garners around %90 of my attention. Onl-line gaming is very important to most 360 owners, but you can game some, and then break for as long as you want and come back to them. For most games the install base is large enough now that there will almost always be someone to play on-line with. Howevery, story still plays a big part in single player, and there are some moving stories to interact with on this console. The premium console is a steal at this price point, and the 360 is so much more than a video game console. It's a full fledged media center. Pull pictures from your PC, plug in your iPod via USB, download reasonably priced TV shows and much more in this package. You'll find an ever growing collection of XBOX Live Arcade games to complement high definition movie rentals if you'd prefer. Microsoft understood that sometimes you need a break from gaming. Along with all the other features I've listed if you have a high definition set-up, you'll find the most reasonably priced high definition movie player on the market. I 5-Star recommend the HD-DVD player to go along with your XBOX 360. The system offers 1080p gaming and movie viewing, has a built in scaler to upscale your DVD collection and can connect to the internet straight out of the box with the network cable included in the box. Some people say that sound isn't the strongest feature, but for %95 of the people that utilize 5.1 at the most, this consoles media boasts some gripping audio and firmware updates add more and more features everyday such as DTS (Digital Theater Surround) support. The console is ever changing because of firmware updates, and I've always found it to be for the better. So in a nutshell, the 360 offers everything a gamer or techhead could and with each game that comes out (AAA or not), I'm finding this system becoming more and more the best gaming system I've owned in 25 years of gaming. Maybe I'm just addicted to achievements, but I'd like to think that I'm just addicted to fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Free 30Days XBOX GOLD??????

    Posted
    Peopleneedtoknow

    One thing you should know when You buy the XBOX 360 that says free 30 days of GOLD XBOX Live is they do everything to make you pay for it. They do not tell you anywhere in the box how to get the freee 30 day GOLD XBOX LIVE. The only way you can get it is to go thru subscribing and choose the SIlver then they will offer you a gold for 30 days free. Of course most folks will go ahead and pay anyway after looking thru everything that came with it... Reading for an hour then going ahead and paying. I found this out by e-mailing and asking where mine wasy. Knowledge is power. One other bit you can get 3 total 30 day golds subscriptions per XBOX360 if you choose not to pay. SO now you know. Read e-mail below Thank you for writing Xbox Customer Support! I understand that you have some concerns regarding your 30-day Xbox Live trial Gold membership that comes with every Xbox 360 console. The 30-day Gold trial membership provides temporary access to the features of a Gold membership. This includes online multiplayer gaming. When you set up an Xbox 360 console, you follow an account creation sign-up process. This lets you access Xbox Live Silver membership features, assuming that you have a broadband connection. At the end of the account creation process, you can upgrade to a Gold membership. If you do not upgrade, you receive a free 30-day Gold trial anyway. The 30-day Gold trial is associated with a single gamertag and cannot be added to an existing subscription. There are a total of three 30-day trial accounts per console. After a user has created three trial accounts, the user no longer receives a message that provides the opportuni ty to create a 30-day gold trial account. By default, the Gold trial does not automatically renew to a paying subscription. Instead, the account automatically converts to a Silver membership at the end of the trial period. If users want to continue with the Gold membership, they can select the subscription length and the payment type that they want on the Account Management screen. If you need to reply to this e-mail, please reply 'with history' (include any previous e-mail) so we can expedite our service to you. You may also call Xbox Phone Support at 1-800-4MYXBOX (1-800-469-9269) at your earliest convenience, and we’ll be happy to help you. We are open everyday from 8am to 12mn US Central Time. To expedite service, please provide Service Request Number 1053502967 when you call. Thank you for visiting Xbox.com. If you should have future questions on Xbox products or services, please be sure to revisit our Web site as we are continually adding information to enhance our service. Sincerely, Dexter Xbox Customer Care

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So much to choose from with this system...

    Posted
    Whyse

    Whoever at Microsoft came up with the Achievements for games was a complete genius. Until you play it and experience it they kind of sound pointless. However the achievement base on the Xbox 360 makes playing games even better. It gives a replay value to some games you would not think to play again before. It has a lot of people starting on the highest difficulty so they can get the achievements for that difficulty first (which normally gives you the ones for the lower difficulties as well). Also, it's something to compete with your friends for. Who has the highest points. Another great point about the Xbox 360 would be the fact that if you pay for the online service (you don't have to pay for it though) it is $50.00 a year, but after a year you can sign up for the Xbox live diamond rewards. This is a place you can get discounts from a lot of places. A few examples, discounts on movie tickets, Discounts on tickets to Six flags and Sea world, discounts on hotels and restraunts, and much, much more. Plus you get a card with your gamer tag on it. Download Content brings you new levels in games like Rainbow six: Vegas, and Gears of War. New skins and looks for your characters in games like Kameo. And in a lot of racing games you can enjoy downloading new cars. Some of these are free downloads and others do cost money. This feature also gives you the ability to download demos and game trailers for games that are coming out, or that have come out to see if you would like to buy them (not all games come out with a demo, but more and more are doing so). In the online market place you can also download movies and TV shows sometimes in HD format in fact. These are usually rentals and do expire within a few days or weeks, but if you have an HD TV and not an HD video player, it beats going down to the video store. Also, when it comes to downloading one more thing is very neat. The Arcade. You can download retro games and even some new ones on here. Microsoft comes out with a new one (sometimes two) every Wednesday and as of right now there are over 70 to choose from. These all have a tryable demo and most of them cost a little bit of money to buy the full version. But at least you know if you like it before you buy it. The game selection has grown to a very great number; there are games available for any type and age of gamer. From the real young ones with games like Cars, and Surf's Up. To the RPG player with Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and soon to be Fable 2. To the sports fans with Madden '08, and NHL '08. The list goes on with a lot of quality games for everyone. (I own 28 games currently myself) The graphics, when it comes to games and movies are certainly very good. The 360 supports up to 1080i on game play and video as it is. If you have a 1080p TV I would probably recommend the Elite or Halo 3 edition of the system as that one has the HDMI input and can support 1080p. The Component cable that comes with the system has an input for optical sound for your surround sound system. Also, this 360 comes with an Ethernet cord for instant connectivity to the Internet. All in all, if you were looking for a next gen system, I would certainly recommend this system above the other choices. (I have a Nintendo Wii, which I barely ever play mostly because of the Achievements on the 360)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Complete Media Center

    Posted
    Tymiegie

    Where do I start. Xbox Live is totally awesome because it delivers the best online gaming experience on a console. Downloadable content for your favorite games is an amazing feature. For example, Rock Band has steadily been coming out with new songs for purchase weekly. Other games like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 have new maps that come out and games like Mass Effect even add to the single player experience. Another great thing about it is Xbox Live Arcade. You can download full arcade games. Uno is pretty sweet to play and I just read about Monopoly coming to XBLA. And then there's one of my favorite things about Xbox Live. The video marketplace. I have downloaded so many episodes of South Park and my other favorite T.V. shows, I even rented a few movies on it. You also have things such as demos for upcoming games and game trailers available on Xbox Live. And now to the core of the 360: the games. Even if you don't have an internet connection (which you do if you're reading this) 360 is still awesome! Games such as Gears of War, Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Bioshock are some of the creme of the crop that are Xbox exclusive, not to mention the upcoming relese of Fable 2. And it has great third-party titles like Call of Duty 4. I think it's controller is great for its specialty: first-person shooters. The way the analog sticks are set up is just so perfect and you gotta love those triggers. A feature that comes with every single game is achievements. They don't actually mean anything, but when you do something in a game you unlock it and points are added to your gamerscore which is your overall score for all games. They don't seem like much but they are addicting to the point that you become dissapointed when you are playing on a different console and you don't get any. They also become a mini-competetion against your friends to see who has the highest score. Unfortunately at the beggining of its release it had major hardware issues. The red-ring of death killed many a console and frustrated many gamers. The good news is that Microsofts new models seem to have that problem fixed. I guess it's worth mentioning the different consoles they have. There's the core (I think its now reffered to as the arcade now) which is just the console with a memory card for saving data: perfect for people who just want to experience the great games the 360 has to offer. The pro(I think this is now just Xbox 360) is the mid-range. It comes with a 20 GB hard drive, which is good because most of the features on Xbox live necessitate a hard drive for the best use of them. And there's the elite which has an awesome black finish, has a hefty 120 GB hard drive, and an HDMI cable for High-Def Gaming. Not to mention the special edition ones like the Halo 360. It does have good accessories such as the play-n-charge kit for the wireless controllers, but those aren't really that special. It has a nice seleciton of headsets of varying price. They have a real basic one thats 20 bucks and a really sweet one for about 60. Unfortunately it doesn't come with wii-fii so you have to buy a wireless adaptor if you have a wireless network. The Microsoft one is 100 bucks ouch! Music can be stored on the Hard drive or you can just plug a usb device with music on it and stream it to your 360. It can also be used as an extender for Windows media center and run it. Your computers media files can also simply be shared to your 360 throgh your network. I absolutely adore my 360. The great games, the arcade games to play leisurely after I'm done with the main ones, the South Park to watch and unwind, and finally finish it off with some music before I decide to go to sleep; but then I think, "Why not do it all again" and then I throw in another great game. I just can't get enough

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great as the fan boys make it to be.

    Posted
    Rs232

    I own a Xbox 360 Pro, a Nintendo Wii, and recently a 80 GB Motorstorm pack Playstation 3. First off, I bought both, and I paid WAY more for my Xbox 360 compared to my PS3, and I got much more with my PS3. Lots of fanboys claim the Xbox 360 is cheaper, it is sort of unless you count the Xbox 360 Elite, and you would still have to buy tons of add ons to make your Xbox 360 compete with a PS3 feature wise. The HD External drive by itself is nearly $200.00 and you have to still make room for it, like in my busy but well ventilated TV stand. You can get a Playstation 3 for this much or the decked out one like I have, with a game for slightly more, and still be able to do more with it. That makes it more expensive than my 80 GB Playstation 3, which has bluetooth, built in HD DVD (Blu Ray), FREE Internet Network, and much more, including the ability to run Linux, which a Xbox 360 simply cannot do. And, mine came with a great game, Motorstorm. Xbox comes with 2 old games that are not even good ones, Forza and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Plus, all Playstation 3's come with WIFI Internet built in. I spent $100.00 to make mine wireless! Xbox 360 is definitely a nice system, when it works! I am on my second one now as my first one had the "3 red ring of death" problem. I was playing Oblivion, and all of a sudden my game freezes when I am fighting someone in the game, and I go to turn it back on and I see 3 red rings around the console power button: Means hardware failure. This is a very common problem, and you better hope yours is under warranty to be able to get a replacement. Mine took 2 weeks to get back to me. How common of a problem is this? VERY Common. Microsoft has spent over $2 Billion dollars just in replacing the bricked systems so that should tell you something! I keep mine in a nice cool place, take the dust out of it every month, and mine still failed after a month of use. Graphics are incredible, either slightly beating (on older titles mainly), equaling, or being slightly inferior to newer Playstation 3 games. Playstation 3 is really starting to look much better, I have Oblivion for both and it runs smoother, looks much better, more details, and there is no screen draw issues on the Playstation 3. Sound is awesome as well, about equal to Playstation 3 to the point where you really can't tell much of a difference. I do not like the controller as much as PS3's, though it does seem to work better for driving games . That's personal taste for you. Playstation 3 is better if: You want reliability More out of box (get more for your money) You don't mind paying slightly more up-front You want to have more than just a game system You want Bluray movie support built right in You like Sony better than MS You are willing to give it a chance to mature like it is more and more You want free Internet and Online gaming Xbox 360 is better if: You want JUST a gaming machine with a built in DVD player You don't mind spending big bucks to make your machine have more ability You don't mind returning your system and being without it for 2 weeks if it bricks itself. You are a Halo fan You like Microsoft better than Sony You want to play online games, and you don't mind paying for it You want to have a larger library of games thanks to a one year head start. I have had my Xbox 360 for almost 6 months, and have a lot of games for it, but I have barely played mine since I purchased my Playstation 3. Plus, I love watching movies on my HD TV which I can use my Blu Ray player to do so. I have the HD DVD upgrade for my Xbox 360, but it is a pain to try and fit it with everything else, with cooling in mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good system with minor flaws

    Posted
    Steamgolem

    Ive had this system for about a month. it is a solid system that i enjoy. the system can run for hours with very little stuttering, the only time i ran into slow downs is with marathon sessions of mass effect. thats only due to how big mass effect is. i played the single player version of halo three for an extended period and saw no slow downs on the system. while the online experiance is good, little to no lag if you have a good connection ((dial up is not recommended)), i did not care for the fact that i had to pay a subscription fee to play online, the wii and ps3 do not have fees. though thats my only gripe with the system. i have the premium system, at first the controlls were hard to understand, noted this is my first system ive had since the ps1 ((been mostly useing the pc for games)). After awhile though i found them easier to grasp. the controller is smaller then the original xbox controller and feels comfortable for long periods of gameing. the system was easy to set up out of the box, but useing the analog sticks and buttons to type in information is annoying, though microsoft has a keyboard like thing to solve this. all in all the console is a solid one. ive had no major or moderate issues, the only ones being are lag, and slight game freezes with mass effect, but thats after more then 8 hours of solid play. and a restart of the system always works. the cons are few, and thats xbox live gold. if you just want to play single player games then this console is for you. if you want multi player, your going to have to pay a subscription for the full effect of live. noted this system is not fully backwards compatiable with the older xbox, but thats a small point seeing as the xbox was newer then the ps2 and gamecube. though while sony and the wii both have games that date back a long ways that should not stop you from getting this system, there are plenty of games for the xbox. on a side note, i had subscribed to xbox live gold, and then unsubscribed, the people at billing were helpfull and prompt, i also dealt with tech support about the internet, which turned out to be my modem not the system. both times microsoft was helpfull and freindly, i have not dealt with the other systems support, but i must say Microsoft has always been helpfull with customers that have problems. keep that in mind when you get the system. though id rate the single player and tech support a 5, the fact that xbox gold costs money each month lowers that scord to a 4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    must buy item

    Posted
    hellstorm

    this item is an excellent buy. the graphics are on par with the ps3, and better than the nintendo wii. the playstation3 may have a slight advantage over the xbox 360 but when compared, side by side, you can't tell the difference. I know this because I own all three systems and have played numorus games on both the xbox 360 and ps3 that are of the same game. It is best for you to purchase an xbox360 with a hard drive. simply because when you need to save game files you won't have to go out and buy memory cards that fill up fast. but with the hard drive, you pretty much have memory to last you forever, that is if you don't have xbox live and download games on it. I myself don't have xbox live and really don't know how much memory is used when downloading a game but I think its alot. the game system comes with instructions to setup the game system to your tv. It even comes with instructions on how to set it up on an hdtv for superior graphics. the instructions show pictures of how to setup the game system, so that even a child of five should understand how to do it. in this generation of systems we go wireless which makes gaming great, no more wires to keep you from getting tangled up and no more wires to keep you at a fixed distance. you can now set up to 30 feet away and relax on you couch or wherever you want to sit and enjoy playing games. the controller also now can have a rechargeable battery, so to charge it all you have to do is connect it to the system to charge it. you can even play while charging it or shut down the game system and leave it connected, and will charge over night. Butt this rechargeable battery must be purchased seperately, but well worth it. saves money on purchasing batteries every time they are used. the sound quality if you own a home surround sound system it will blow your mind. you can hear the bullets fly buy from the direction it shows on the game. but if you don't have a surround sound system its still pretty good. the only thing is that it will sound like a regular tv. When I purchased this game system, it played fine. I have had it since it came out. and would play it on an average about 3 to 4 hours a day and had know problems until around june of this year. I got the red ring of death. for those of you who don't know what that is, it is three red lights that stay on all the time and locks up the system and cannot be played. well I was not smart in purchasing the warrenty and had to send it in for repair at microsoft. it took about 2 and a half to 3 weeks to get it back. and now plays like brand new. but if your going to purchase the xbox360 buy the warrenty and save some time with having to deal with microsoft. All and All I recommend buy the game system, even with the flaw of it over heating, the system is worth the money and can find just about all the games that are on the ps3 and some exclusives such as gears of war and dead or alive. trust my review and buy this system you won't be dissapointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good system, but I'm not happy with Microsoft.

    Posted
    Melly

    There is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft made a great system. The graphics are crisp, the games are awesome, but there are many qualms I have. First and foremost is the three consoles (four counting the Halo edition) to choose from. I bought the Xbox 360 when the first were on the market, thinking I was getting a great deal. I bought the one with the hard drive included. To my dismay, instead of a 20 GB Hard drive which was being sold separately, I received a 10 GB one with my system. My second qualm is that there is now a third, better system being offered. For $50 more than I paid for mine when the consol first came out I could have received a 120 GB Hard Drive (that’s 110 GB more than I got with my system). Now I know the competitiveness of the market with trying to outsell your competitor, but if the Elite edition had been available from the get go, I would have bought that one instead, hands down. I’ve also heard rumors going around that to play games like Halo 3 and Mass Effect, the larger Hard Drives are required just to get through the load times. If this is true, we poor souls who were stupid enough to buy the weaker system must now shell out another large sum of money for the 120 GB hard drive just to be able to play the more in-depth games. With the price of the game and larger hard drive, it would cost easily triple what is expected just to be able to play Halo 3, which is why I bought my Xbox 360 for in the first place. My third disagreement with Microsoft is all the things that don’t come with the system. When the Xbox 360 was first announced, they claimed to have HD DVD capability, nope; you have to buy that separately for around $200. Want to play games wirelessly? You still have to rely on batteries or battery packs and charging stations that, I’m sure you’ve guessed, are sold separately. What about online play? Monthly or yearly charges are applied to be able to play online. What am I comparing the Xbox 360 to? The Playstation 3. As an owner of both systems, I have seen the pros and cons of each system. With the Playstation 3, despite the hefty price, is a better deal. For you do not have to pay for the BluRay Disk capability separately, online play is free, and you do not have to rely on batteries and battery packs for wireless play. The remotes with this system are all wireless, and to recharge the built in battery pack, simply plug the remote into the system with the cord that comes with the system, and keep playing. For those of you out there who haven’t bought a next generation gaming system yet, I would consider going for the Playstation 3, for even though it puts a larger hole in your wallet, the price is a one-time thing that doesn’t require additional investments. Plus Sony seems to be much more loyal to their customers, for even now, when the Playstation 2 is last-gen, they still are releasing games for it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming System

    Posted
    TheSpartan117

    Overall a good and impresive system. The greatest feature, easy lan parties and online multiplayer on an established network, xbox live. However, drawback is that many games, Gears of War, Call of Duty series, are ver limited on lan parties. They only allow one person per box. Even the 4 player co op that Halo 3 boasts only allows two per box. So much detail is being put into the environment and shading that you can't get a group together for a frag fest. I guess that's the trade off. Sadly mine had red rings the day i bought it and took it out of the package. Turns out the hard drive was defective, exchaned the next day and good as new. I like the dashboard concept but rarely use it, though i just bought a new Vista laptop, also from best buy, so i'm looking into getting them hooked up and really seeing what media center can do. THis system does what i want, multiplayer fun. I chose this over the PS3 as the PS3 is so expensive that i really don't care about graphics at this point. The wii can be fun, but its multiplayer capabilities for lan parties is just not feasable. Downside of all these systems, accessories cost too much. Not just dorky add ons, but the 360 wireless controller does not come with a rechargeable battery. You have to buy the controller and rechargeable batteries separate. Oh, and if you do, buy the play and charge kit, as that's the only way to charge the battery, not sure why they're sold separately. The wii has the same issue, and many games are doing the following, proprietary individual controllers. Guitar hero needs its own special controller, wii games need their own for each, ace combat 6 for the 360 has an optional $80 controller. Just for basic 360 use, $59 dollar wireless controller and the 20 dollar play and charge kit, oh and you'll need a second play and charge so 20 more. That's an extra $99 to just have a second player, keep these things in mind when planning your purchase, and by all means, any big purchase like any of these systems should have a product replacement plan purchased. Not worth the headache if something breaks and your warranty is expired. Overall i'm happy with this system and enjoy using it often. Oh, DON'T buy the nyko rechargeable battery, you'll just have to return it as i've yet to find one that actually works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Game System that will Have You Glued for Hours

    Posted
    CPUser

    This game system has a few different uses; the games, Xbox Live, and Mini games built in to the console. When I play my Xbox 360, I cannot stop. It is sort of like a spell. The games sometimes freeze up on the system, causing you to have to turn it off. The controls though are fairly easy to learn. On the right-top side of the remote controller, you have your diamond of letters. on the bottom of the diamond, you have the "A" button which normally means "yes" or "select". The button on the right of the diamond is the"B" button which normally means "no" or "de-select". The buttons "Y" and "X" have specific uses in certain games, and no one use. In the center-top of the controller you have your "Xbox" button. This is normally one of the places that you get your full Xbox menu while you're playing a game. With this menu, you have the choices of turning off your Xbox, and a couple more. On the left-top of your controller you have the normal control stick. This is what you use to navigate around menus and games. In some games, you can do more than just that with it. On the left-bottom of your controller you have a sort of curved in panel that looks like a cross. With this, you can also navigate around a menu, but only if the console/game allows you to. On the right-bottom of your controller you have your second joy stick. This stick is normally for getting different views of the game, or console menu. When you look at the acturl top side of your controller, you have the "RT" and "RB" buttons on the right, and the "LT" and "LB" buttons on the right. these are also for changing views of what you are seeing and in certain games, other uses. That is your basic controller, and even though it seems like alot, it is really very simple controls. On the front of your Xbox at the bottom, there is a circle with a power sign in the center. The amount of green parts around the circle is the amount of players that have controllers connected. On the top-right of the front of the system is the place where you put the games in. Then, to the left of that, is the place where you put in th ememory cards. Only Xbox cards can be put in here. This game system has many different features. One of them including a remote controller charger. Many other features are included that can be explainded the a worker at Best Buy. This console, the Xbox 360 is an amazing advance in the technology of game systems. It is also a very fun console to play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    =]

    Posted
    hahaman

    There are many things you'll read about the 360 while researching which console to buy. After a year and a half of hands on the 360 has run almost flawlessly for me minus a few game freezes that you'll encounter on any system. Where it's at is the games, and there are plenty. Alot of fun is to be had with this console, and I honestly own all 3 next generation consoles, but the 360 garners around %90 of my attention. Onl-line gaming is very important to most 360 owners, but you can game some, and then break for as long as you want and come back to them. For most games the install base is large enough now that there will almost always be someone to play on-line with. Howevery, story still plays a big part in single player, and there are some moving stories to interact with on this console. The premium console is a steal at this price point, and the 360 is so much more than a video game console. It's a full fledged media center. Pull pictures from your PC, plug in your iPod via USB, download reasonably priced TV shows and much more in this package. You'll find an ever growing collection of XBOX Live Arcade games to complement high definition movie rentals if you'd prefer. Microsoft understood that sometimes you need a break from gaming. Along with all the other features I've listed if you have a high definition set-up, you'll find the most reasonably priced high definition movie player on the market. I 5-Star recommend the HD-DVD player to go along with your XBOX 360. The system offers 1080p gaming and movie viewing, has a built in scaler to upscale your DVD collection and can connect to the internet straight out of the box with the network cable included in the box. Some people say that sound isn't the strongest feature, but for %95 of the people that utilize 5.1 at the most, this consoles media boasts some gripping audio and firmware updates add more and more features everyday such as DTS (Digital Theater Surround) support. The console is ever changing because of firmware updates, and I've always found it to be for the better. So in a nutshell, the 360 offers everything a gamer or techhead could and with each game that comes out (AAA or not), I'm finding this system becoming more and more the best gaming system I've owned in 25 years of gaming. Maybe I'm just addicted to achievements, but I'd like to think that I'm just addicted to fun."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best gaming console on the market

    Posted
    HaloFreek

    Out of the 3 main consoles to choose from (the other are the Wii and playstation 3), the Xbox 360 is the best choice. Here is why. Games: Without a doubt the best selection, with many exclusives and good choices. Exclusives include: Bioshock, Gears of war, Mass Effect, and my personal favorite, Halo 3. There are plenty of non-exclusives like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Assassin's Creed which are good as well. Graphics: I would describe the way a 360 looks when played on an HDTV or any other TV as simply beautiful. The xbox 360 has the hugest selection of great playing and good-looking video games. They are unbeliveable. Features: The 360 can do more than just play games. It can also work as a dvd player, a music player and a communicator. The biggest feature is Xbox live. Xbox live: Your Xbox 360 can connect to the internet to play games with people all over the world, talk to your friends, and even buy downloadable content for your 360 and its games. It makes everything more addictive, and costs as little as 5 dollars a month. Price: In the 3 main consoles, this is right in the middle price-wise, but it's on top entertainment-wise. You'll have to save up a little, but it isn't that expensive. Each game is around 60 dollars so you will have to choose them carefully. Family: The Xbox 360 is not the most family friendly console. Pre-teen and teenage boys will have an absolute blast. Younger kids and some adults might not find it so fun. Also the best games for the console are not the most appropriate, they are mostly rated M for mature. The E for everyone games are the least entertaining. In addition it isn't in all families price range, so for families the Wii is the best bet. The 360 is best for teens and adults who like video games. Issues: Now for my least favorite part, I must address a few problems. The Xbox 360 scratches discs. They say not to move the console during play, I don't and they are still all scratched up I don't know whether or not this is typical. All my games are scratched. A few I had to take back and replace. Many people have experienced the "Red Ring of Death" this is a signal the 360 gives after Product failure. It is covered by warranty however. Personal Opinion: I got the 360 last march because I wanted to play Halo 3 when it came out the following september. I saved up for a good while and got it. I think it is the best money I have ever spent. You might not think the same but you will still enjoy the game selection or at least the realism in gameplay. Play on!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    from a game to gamers

    Posted
    frank12345

    Just picked up the new 60gb sku of the Xbox 360 and have a few things to report. My main reason for getting this was mainly due to getting the RRoD on my first 360 (which was purchased when Gears of War came out). Microsoft, of course, sent me a replacement unit in March of 2008. However, the replacement ended up sounding worse than my original. The fan was louder. The disc drive was louder. I heard all kinds of weird chirps and whirs coming out of it, which was very distracting and irritating. Needless to say, I was not pleased. I began hearing about the new mother boards and power supplies being shipped with the newer sku's and started to get intrigued. Could Microsoft finally be solving the dreaded RRoD problem? Supposedly, the newer mother boards included a smaller, 65nm chipset that produced less heat and required the fans to spin slower (hence less noise and overheating). Many of you have probably heard of the Falcon chipset or the Jasper chipset. Well, I can't really tell which one my unit has, but I can tell you there are some improvements. The new 60gb 360 has the 175 watt power supply. It is smaller and lighter than the original power brick. The console does run a little quieter and cooler. I would not say that it runs whisper quiet, but it's not nearly as loud as my original or replacement unit. The disc drive runs a little quieter as well. According to the label, my unit was manufactured in June of 2008, so I assume it has the Falcon chipset in it. If anyone has more information about these chipsets, please enlighten me. It comes with an HDMI port, which I really like. I will say that after I connected the console to my TV, the image seemed a lot brighter than with component cables. I had to turn down the brightness on my TV, but it looked fine then. The console comes preloaded with several demos, including Pac-man, Geometry Wars, and several others I can't remember. It has a full version of Hexic installed. After I transferred my game saves and gamer profile, I had about 45gb of storage left on the hard drive. Plenty of room for other demos and whatnot. Getting it connected to Xbox Live took no time at all. Set up was straight forward and easy. I certainly hope that this sku stands the test of time (at least until the Xbox 720 comes out). So far, I like what I see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ehhh

    Posted
    Chachi

    I bought a PS3 80GB for myself 2 weeks ago and have been addicted to call of duty 4. Ive had no problems whatsoever with it...now the 360 is a diff story tonight me and my bros. picked up our 360 as a gift to ourselves, while at BB, a guy holding a 360 says its the 3rd one he's bought. I assumed he liked it so much that he got 3...NO, he said each one had a red ring light up and it didnt work. He called up MS and they confirmed it was defective. So we bought it anyways but we picked one that so far is good except it froze after one game of FIFA '08..we got bummed. We bought the 360 without the replacement warranty. a 350 dollar system is no longer a 350 dollar system if you have to pay 60 bux more ... it shouldnt be defective in the first place. instead it is now in PS3 territory as far as price and the PS3 plays blue ray and has 80GB. Knowing that I have unlimited returns doesnt make it any more fun to keep running to the store to wait on line graphics wise it looks fine to me. from what I can see so far identical mostly with PS3 I own all sytems and am not biased towards any, I just look at the facts.. Xbox was less than 10 minutes old and it froze... and customer at store was already there 3 times in one day.. Games wise I dont see that much of a diff in selection. I am not familiar with all the games but the shelves seem equally stocked with titles. I am very impressed with the controller feels sturdy unlike the light feeling PS3 one. Although I think it will get tiresome due to its weight. Con is that it uses batteries instead of built in rechargeable but that could be a plus for some people. It has a huge adapter, dont know what that is all about, maybe to keep size of sytem smaller or helps it run cooler. This system feels real sturdy like it could fall and hold up unlike the PS3 which feels like it would shatter. So far during the writing of this review it has not frozen..hopefully it doesnt as I heard it is a rare occurence. Do I recommend it? Yes, it has great graphics and when its running its awesome, the only way to justify buying this over PS3 is if u are a Halo fan and you dont have to pay 60 bux for warranty, but that is up to MS who should be testing these out better. I also like the fact that the HDMI cable is included..something I have to buy for my PS3 80GB

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Next Gen System

    Posted
    Hyprsleepy

    The Xbox 360 has superior graphics and 3rd party support compared the Wii. It has more games and a far better online community than the PS3. Maybe someday the PS3 will have games, or maybe it will turn into the Neo-Geo - that system that everyone was amazed by but nobody had because it cost too much. . I love the wireless controllers that can turn the 360 on or off without leaving your couch. Now that is convenience. . The Xbox Live feature is a must have. You can add people you meet in games to your friend list and the list is quite detailed. You can see what games they are playing now and what they have played ever. This can easily lead into discussions like, "hey I see you are playing Gears of War - how is that?" You can also send invites to your friends so that they can join your game instead of trying to find you in a lobby. Friends you meet can help you if you are having trouble with a game and you can share tips and strategies or vs. each other. Xbox live let's you see a friends only leaderboard plus a global leaderboard because after all, that's what you really care about - how much you're crushing your friends! . The achievement system that rewards you for completing milestones in a game is highly addictive although not comprehensible to most who have never played a game on the 360. I like it because it gives proof that you did something so now we don't have to go by word of mouth. The achievements encourage people to try the game on the hardest difficulty setting, which they probably wouldn't have done otherwise. It greatly increases the replay value for some games, especially the multiplayer ones. . Problems with the system: A lot of people complain that they get the "red ring of death". I have never gotten this but I think it has to do with playing too much and overheating the system or putting the 360 inside a cabinet where it has very little ventilation. My advice, get the best buy warranty so you can get it replaced with no questions asked. Immediate replacement is better than waiting for repair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME CONSOL

    Posted
    DHaze

    Prepare for limitless possibilities where your imagination knows no boundaries. Xbox 360 is an exciting combination of hardware, software and services that fully engages you in more expansive, dramatic and lifelike gaming. The personalized interface lets you create your own unique system and experience. The Xbox Gamer Guide is an entertainment gateway that instantly connects you to your games, friends, music, movies and downloadable content. The Xbox Guide button puts you in control of bringing up the Xbox Gamer Guide and the Xbox System Guide, and you can even turn the system on and off without ever leaving the couch. Every Xbox 360 title supports 720p and 1080i high definition resolution or 480p standard definition resolution, in 16:9 widescreen, with antialiasing, so you enjoy smooth, movie-like graphics and multichannel surround sound. Enjoy awesome digital entertainment — amplify your music, photos, video and TV, and enjoy progressive-scan DVD movies right out of the box. Xbox LIVE is where games and entertainment come alive, a unified place where you can play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. Connect Xbox 360 to your broadband connection, attach a storage device (hard drive or memory unit), and get instant access to Xbox LIVE Silver. Express your digital identity through your gamertag and gamer card, talk with others using voice chat and access the Xbox LIVE Marketplace to get new content. Product Features Powerful hardware features 512MB unified memory, custom symmetrical tripe-core CPU and custom 500MHz ATI graphics processor Every Xbox 360 title supports 720p and 1080i high definition resolution or 480p standard definition resolution Exclusive games (not included) shatter expectations with advanced customization features, HD graphics, full surround sound and online-enabled gameplay Vibrant characters display depth of emotion to evoke more dramatic responses, immersing you in the experience Rip music to the Xbox 360 hard drive and share your latest digital pictures with friends View progressive-scan DVD movies Support for up to four wireless game controllers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Quantity over quality, typical Microsoft

    Posted
    Trap91

    After going through four Xbox 360's in two years, and even getting a motherboard upgrade on the last one, I've decided to switch to a PS3. Why? Because Microsoft, as usual, has chosen quantity over quality. The saying "You get what you pay for" has never been so strongly emphasized with an Xbox 360. I'll start with the good, first. Gears of War, and Gears of War 2. Those two games are to the 360 what Halo was to the original Xbox. Now the bad, Red Ring of Death. People may say, "They have fixed the problem, don't listen to him!". Look up the failure rate on the Falcon chip and try to tell me the same story. If 1million people bought a 360, why should 160,000 people have their console fail on them? You also know there's a problem when word gets around that the system doesn't last long, yet the other system (PS3) hasn't had such an outbreak of failure. Another thing is it can't do what a PS3 can do (granted somethings a 360 can do, a PS3 can't, but that's their online service). I can't copy music and movies off my iPod onto a 360 like I can with a PS3. Sure, you can get on Xbox LIVE and play games with a connection that they speed up for you, but with so much problems with LIVE (remember last Christmas), I find it hard I paid $50 for two years just for that service. The reason the system is so popular is everyone has one. Why? Because it's a cheap alternative to "next-gen" gaming, and knowing Microsoft, they're going to put quantity before quality. Some may also say "They give you a three-year warranty as soon as you buy it!". Please make sure you know that's only for Red Ring of Death, and if your console fails for any other reason, you're out of luck. I honestly see no reason to go back to this system, other than Gears of War 2. With the quality issues being the number one reason that turned me away from the system in the first place, I guess it's safe to say there's no point in buying something if it won't work. I went from a Sony console (PS2) to the original Xbox, and now I'm heading back. I pick quality over quantity.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun for the whole family!

    Posted
    MidTNtechguy

    I am an avid gamer and the huge selection of games that the Xbox 360 provides is a perfect fit for someone that has as varying a taste as I. I enjoy the exclusive games such as Gears of War or Bioshock (even though Bioshock is now heading to the PS3) and I like the fact that there are so many cross platform games that you never really feel left out of the action. We use the 360 to watch DVD's in the bonus room as well as stream music from our Zune and iPod libraries from the computers in the house. It plays a huge role in the home theater experience and our whole family uses it. From my 2 yr. old daughter who watches downloaded episodes of Dora the Explorer to my wife who plays Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball with her friends, this is a true entertainment experience. I would highly recommend this system to anyone that wants an addition to their home theater setup that does more than just play games. Online play is also top-notch. My wife and I both play with friends who live to far away to meet in person on a regular basis and it's always a blast to hang out and voice-chat with them while we enjoy a simple game of Uno or go a little more hardcore with some Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4. The graphics are great, the fun times are non-stop and the experiences you have are fantastic. At this price point, it's a steal! (I uploaded a cell phone pic of some of my recommended games.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Gambled and Won

    Posted
    bdo81stser

    At this point of the year, with Christmas coming up, and the hype over the PS3 and Wii over, I hope this review comes in handy for those who are considering which system to purchase. If you have read my review the Wii, you know that I own all 3 of the next gen consoles, and consider the Xbox 360 the best of all the systems. Here's why: First of all, most people who are considering the 360, are deciding over the PS3, since the Wii is not really a gamer's console, and really, in a different class (I consider it lower). Compared to the PS3, I can honestly say, I see virtually no difference in terms of graphics. In fact, with games like Gears of War (a must have for all 360 owners), and Project Gotham Racing, I don't know how much better graphics can be. It is simply stunning. The wierd part is that I bought Madden '08 for the 360, and was given one for the PS3 as a gift, and the 360 version is better because it is 1080p compatible, while for some odd reason, the PS3 version is not. Furthermore, and this is purely based on opinion, the Xbox 360 just seems and feels much more durable than the costly PS3. I always find myself feeling a bit uncomfortable moving the PS3 around. Microsoft gambled to have the Xbox 360 hit the market before the PS3 despite it being "weaker" in terms of power. But because they did this, 360 owners are much happier with the selection of games. There are no shortage of games for the 360, while, I had to play Motor Storm for the PS3, which got real boring real fast, for almost a whole year before another game came out for the PS3. A vast improvement from the 360 over the last Xbox, is the size and feel of the control. The behemoth Microsoft had for the original is scratched for a much smaller and comfortable 360 control. Overall, I am most satisfied with the 360, and really, the only gripe I have is the fee for Xbox Live membership, which of course, is understandable, and I can't really complain about that. If it were free, the 360 would be a godsend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the money

    Posted
    UsMi18

    I have owned my xbox 360 for nearly 2 years now. In those two years i have had nothing but fun playing this system. Though i did recently have a techincal problem with my original where my AV port inside the system broke and had to bring it in for repairs. But other then that i have had no problems with it. I have found that if you lay it on its side not only does it not freeze but the chances of disks scratching is severly minimized. The ability to customize the system is not only fun but makes the system look better then just its plain white casing. I have actually gone through 3 side board skins and a couple of face panels till i finally got a look i liked the best. The wireless controllers are actually very responsive and reliable. The battery packs last long and are easy to recharge if you buy the play and charge pack. If not batteries work just as well and last pretty long. On top of that the gaming library is one of the best ive seen. So many hit titles as well as many being exclusives just for xbox. Besides the strong game titles the system boasts a add on HDTV player for a cheap price which nearly makes it an all in one system on top of the ability to link to your computer through Zune software. A great advantage if you have music or movies on your computer and want to watch it on your tv. On top of that the xbox live and marketplace are first rate. You can dl an amazing amount of demos and movies and music off the marketplace and it makes it easy and convenient as you can download and play games at the same time. The negative things i can say about this system is you need to be gentle with it to lower the risk of damaging any of the components. Also after awhile with the high price of games it can become and expensive habit but all in all this comes with the territory of being a gamer. For the price tag and now the new extended warranty this system is definately worth the buy and especially with a strong lineup of games on the way its a cant miss system.

    I would recommend this to a friend