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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Console For Hardcore Gamers

    Posted
    InuHanyou1701

    The Xbox 360, in my opinion, by far stands above all the rest. I own all three systems. Nintendo Wii (Doesn't get much use but I love it all the same), Playstation 3 (Biggest waste of money I've ever encountered... and I've encountered Oxy Clean...), and of course the 360. By far, my 360 is my most used gaming console that I own. BioShock, Halo 3, Mass Effect. Rock Band... The list goes on. The Elite is a particularly good deal because you are getting an HDMI cable, which as most know, can run from $50-$100 easy. I love the design of the 360's controller. Especially compared to the first edition original Xbox controller (That thing was AWFUL!). It's no wonder it's design has won awards. Microsoft has made leaps and bounds with Xbox LIVE in the 360. You can easily access your friends list and messages, etc on most blades on the Dashboard and you can also access this information in game by pressing the Xbox Guide button which is very hard to miss on a 360 controller. Xbox LIVE's downloadable content knows no competitors (SP?). Word of advice though. Do not let them talk you into buying that stupid $99 wireless internet adapter thing. If you have wireless internet in your house you can easily feed the internet signal (For lack of better word) from your laptop or computer (Works best with laptops and desktops near the console) to your 360. There is information on how to do this on the Xbox website, but I warn you it is very hard to find. (Ina nutshell. You connect your laptop or computer to the 360 with an ethernet cable and then set your internet connection to be shared VIA the little network icon on your start bar to the far right. (This process is a little more complicated and contrived on Vista computers and you will have to play around a little bit to find the option. =/ Sorry I can't be more helpful there) If you look at comparisons of graphics for games between the 360 and PS3 you'll often find that the 360's graphics are superior. The biggest problem with the 360 is that it is VERY prone to overheating. You can get intercoolers for it but be warned that some intercoolers will void the warranty on the 360. I'm sure most people have heard of the "3 red rings of death" Microsoft is now repairing this for free, no matter when it happens (I think that's right...) so if it does occur. Just send it in to Microsoft and they will send you a replacement console 9 times out of 10. My first 360 went out after a little over a year (Right before Guitar Hero 2 came out =X) of use. I sent it in and they replaced it and sent me the new console within about 2 weeks. It's killer waiting but at least it's free. Microsoft support is incredibly helpful. They send you the box and packaging for you to send in your console and all of the shipping and handling should be free. (I can't say for sure because when I had to send mine in, the 3 red rings of death thing was not a free repair at that point (I got a refund on my repair so if you send it in for a repair and they decide it's a defect and start giving those repairs out for free you will be refunded the money you were out.) and the money I paid covered all shipping and handling). As for the headset. They sell better ones but the ones that come with the console are kind of flimsy and can be hard on the head. The one I got with my Elite just recently broke but then again, I've had it for a while. I hope this review has helped you with your decision. I hope you enjoy your console if you decide to buy it! I HIGHLY recommend it. (Sorry I know the review looks a little jumbled and disorganized... I tried to organize it better but the site won't let me. =/)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MS and the Xbox 360 just get it

    Posted
    beachscrub

    . . Purchased the Elite with the new falcon mother board. This new board should help reduce the RROD's and overheating problems. I also purchased the replacement warranty just in case. . I was a loyal Sony fan, until now. I've owned the PS one, PS2, and PS3. I was hesitant to buy a 360 due to that loyalty, but those of you on the fence do yourself a favor and pick up a 360. Heck you'll get two free games with it (Holiday Bundle). In addition you can't forget about Halo 3. Some like some don't I think it's great. . Both the PS3 and the 360 will give you HD gaming with next gen graphics. The features available to you while in game is what's most impressive about the 360: voice message, voice chat, text message, custom play list for music, friend list access, game invites, streaming music while gaming... None of these features are found in the PS3 yet. What's more, the online component for many multi-platform PS3 games are crippled due to lack of in game support for messaging and friend lists. Call Of Duty 4 for example, we spend more time trying to get our party together than actually playing the game. Sony needs to get it together. Online gaming is here and now, the tools provided by the 360 are a necessity in any next gen console for a successful online gaming community. As I said before MS and the 360 just get it. . Now for some negatives about the 360... Even though the 360 links up with the PC pretty easily, the multimedia functions are pretty weak on the 360. What I find troubling are the following: Now way to rip streamed media to the hard drive (music, vids or pics. PS3 can). Limited music ripping ability (ie music can't be ripped from a thumb drive or you can't rip MP3. Again PS3 can) No internet browser for quick jumps on the net (PS3s got it, it's slow but it works). HD player would of been nice but would drive up costs. Wireless not built in come on. I can see keeping costs down but this is nickle and dime. . Enough of that stuff. There's tons of stuff to see and do with the 360. Xbox Live and the marketplace are awesome. Which reminds me, yes online gaming is not free on the 360. I use both the Playstation Network and XBox Live. Both are good services. I guess I've been lucky with XBL because I've had very few if any drops and a couple of lags in game. As for the PSN anyone who played COD 4 over the game's launch weekend should know how that went. That was more of the developers fault than the PSN. Even XBL had problems that weekend too. But the PSN was shutdown for COD 4. . Xbox's gamerscore and achievements make offline gaming fun again. Now I prefer playing games offline on the 360 rather than the PS3 simply because the 360 gives me something to show for my limited gaming time. The things that pushed me over the edge to purchase a 360 elite were... Halo 3 and waiting. Halo 3 was the largest game release in history, enough said. Waiting, I was tired of waiting for games and features on the PS3. The main game I was waiting for, Rainbow Six Vegas, was delayed several times. I believe that was supposed to be a launch title too. Several games have been delayed. One can only play Resistance for so long. . To summarize, if you're looking to play a ton of games in HD and hook up with the largest gaming community, the choice is simple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The Value Just Isn't There

    Posted
    DaRage

    We've had all the Playstations including the PS3. It's simple, works great, and is chock full of technology that will ensure it's a purchase that can be expected to last at least 7 years or longer like it's predecessor. The 360 we just got so my son could play Halo 3 only to discover it costs another $100 to hook up to our wi-fi internet. Most games are available on both consoles so that's not a rational reason to make such an investment. The 360 may be cheaper to purchase, but costs a lot more in the long run and Microsoft ties you into their products. Sony is much more open and doesn't care if you use their headsets and cameras or somebody else's. They simply use Bluetooth and USB standards. Wireless networking 360 = $100 PS3 = FREE Wireless headset 360 = $60 PS3 = Any Bluetooth Online Gameplay 360 = $50/yr PS3 = FREE Rechargeable controllers 360 = $40< PS3 = FREE Web Cam 360 = $70 PS3 = Any USB Cam HD Video 360 = $170 PS3 = Blue Ray included Other factors to consider is the reliability of the hardware. Most of our friends who have the 360 have experienced the "Red Ring of Death" at least once. We know of one who had it three times. Some have been buying the PS3 now and none have had problems. Ours is 2 years old and never had a problem. Blue Ray advantage - it's not just for HD video. BR stores about 10x the data that a standard DVD does and is capable of handling much larger game content so only one disk is needed. MS offered a HD-DVD drive for an additional $170, but HD-DVD format is now defunct and no longer supported. The durability of BR disk is much improved over DVD and resists scratches better. Online gameplay - XBox Live costs money. PS3 is free. While there may be subtle differences between them, both provide the basic functionality of playing games online with other people. Both have trophies, downloadable content, chat, e-mail, etc. No big advantages worth paying for. The upcoming PS Home will be quite impressive as it's a full virtual environment and free to boot. Quality of components - I was amazed at the size of the power brick that comes with the 360. The PS3 power supply is built into it's case. Much cleaner appearance and easier to place within the home theater setup. The wireless controllers for the 360 use AA batteries and rechargeable packs cost extra. The PS3 controllers have the batteries built in and recharge using standard USB connectors. You can use them while charging if you connect the USB cable. Honestly though the PS3 controllers last 8-10 hours on a charge. Ongoing support - have you noticed that when the 360 was released that all game development for the original XBox ceased? They are still publishing games for the PS2 10 years after it's release and two years after the PS3 release. With the already aging technology in the 360, I don't foresee Microsoft having more than a couple years left in it's life cycle before they release their next generation console. PS consoles are typically a good investment for 10 years. XBox was about 5 years. I doubt the 360 will do much better. The ONLY advantage I've seen from owning both consoles is the couple of exclusive games to be had. Otherwise if you're wanting to make an investment in a game console and don't like wasting money, the XBox 360 is NOT worth it. Go for the PS3. It's got it's own list of really good exclusive titles as well. Not to mention Sony's history with 10 year console life cycles.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Xbox 360 Elite is the way to go for more HD space

    Posted
    dsoldit

    This review is to review the focuses differences that are not on a "standard" XBOX 360 and the Elite, and rate the system as a new purchase, not an upgrade or replacement to your current XBOX 360, but overall. When the Elite was first announced, the biggest thing that made this different than the other two versions: the HDMI output. Now, after the new XBOX 360 price drop announcement and hardware update, the only difference between the Elite and the Premium is the 120GB Hard Drive and included HDMI cable. Almost everything about the Xbox 360 in white stands true for the Elite: It theoretically doesn't run cooler, or quieter, or faster, and you've already know that it is black. The Elites should have the added heat sink for realiability, but all models should be receiving that soon. Don't let the black paint job distract you; the only thing you need to ask is if it improves the video quality and after many reviews and hours using this machine, the XBox Elite's HDMI output is the pretty darn good, and the 120GB hard drive upgrade is nice for all that downloadable content that you have been picking up on th market place. Should you buy it? Gamers who have an Xbox 360? No! Videophiles looking for an HD DVD player? No! Videophiles looking to get into the Xbox Live video marketplace? Yes, but know that this thing is still loud and you can now get HDMI in the newly manufactured XBOX Premiums. Guys like me who are gamers and video geeks? Ya, this is for you. The fact that all that video and audio is being piped through a single HDMI cable is a bonus. I swear it's a touch cooler and quieter, and I could want it to be such, but reports say it is not. When running the HD DVD player, using Tokyo Drift and the newly minted HQV Silicon Optics test disc—the rigorous test disc benchmarks showed the same flaws on both the HDMI and Component outputs. Jaggies That means the video processor between the older and newer Xbox is likely identical, or of identical quality. That's the processor, though. This isn't a high-end HD DVD player. As for the outputs and what I saw with my own eyes and confirmed with my camera. The HDMI's slightly better shadow detail showed itself. That detail might be lost on a lesser TV or the untrained eye. But remember that the component cables are limited to 1080i. So HDMI wins at full 1080p with no compromises, but with VGA cables you have a draw. Playing games, Command and Conquer and Virtua Tennis yielded no differences between the 1080p signals of all three cables—except the strange washed out colors that the VGA cables sometimes show (GRAW and Gears of War, for starters), but can be adjusted in the settings menu on your XBOX. The HDMI again has that shadow detail boost that comes up over and over again. HDMI wins for a better picture, even though all cables do the 1080p dance with games. Final Verdict: It runs HDMI 1.2 (not 1.3 - the newest version), only runs 5.1 Dolby still (no 7.1 yet), and only has the bonus of the larger hard drive, and sleek styling. The 360 Elite is worth getting if you are just now entering the high definition video game market and need the extra hard drive space for all your goodies - if not,then save yourself $100 and get the newly updated Premium with HDMI, packaged with a game bundle (if you can find them) and game on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Xbox 360 deal

    Posted
    Whyse

    This is a killer deal, the Xbox 360 elite system comes with the console, HDMI cable, headset, 2 games (Lego Indiana Jones, which is a good game for the whole family, and Kungfu Panda, which is alright especially great for kids though), a 120 GB hard drive, and if you have a good TV, great graphics!! Also, one more thing it offers is a one month subscription to Xbox Live Gold! The 120 GB hard drive is excellent if you want to put your games directly on your hard drive for quicker loading, if you have get Rock Band and download a lot of songs (this tends to take up a lot of space), or if you like to download a lot of video's or other game add-ons. The HDMI cable lets you get the best graphics for your system and in fact a lot of games that are on both Xbox 360 AND PS3 will look better on the Xbox 360. I have noticed a lot of developers will make games on the 360 at 1080P where they are only 720P on the PS3. The 1 month subscription to Xbox Live Gold gives you a very good taste of the extra content you get for having this. Being able to play online with other gamers, download more content, and have access to extra videos for reviews and quick tips for achievements. Speaking of achievements the most addictive part of the Xbox 360 experience is just that. Each game you play on the system (for the Xbox 360, not the original Xbox) has different achievements that when you accomplish a certain thing in the game it unlocks and you get a predetermined amount of points. The amount of points you get per game adds up and this is what's called your Gamer score. This really does not do much for you except gives you bragging rights, but it is very fun and addictive. It gives games an element of replay value as well so you can get as many points as possible. Also, going online with your system you can add people to your friends list, chat via messaging or voice, compare gamer score, and invite to play games with you. Also, with this system, an Xbox live gold account, and a Netflix membership you can watch movies instantly on your TV through Netflix. This is an awesome service that I have used a lot. Currently you have to build your instant queue online through Netflix, but Microsoft is adding the ability to add movies to it through the Xbox 360 itself. Microsoft is also going to be adding a radio station that you can customize with music that you like and adding Facebook and Twitter functionality to their Xbox 360 dashboard. There is so much that you can do on this system other then playing games it is uncanny. A couple more things about this wonderful system and then you can go place your order for it (As if the above isn't enough). When you play the Xbox 360 you can create an Avatar that you can customize to your liking, this serves as your physical body while in the dashboard and there are even some games that you can play as your Avatar. The last thing is that you can download arcade games for a fee and play them. There are a lot of different games available and they release more every Tuesday (or Wednesday, I forget). This system is a great family system or a great system for adults as well; there are many games to choose from with all different ratings attached. After you buy it, I know you will enjoy hours and hours of fun filled days and nights!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Entertainment Value

    Posted
    beastyhasah

    The Xbox 360 Elite is the best overall entertainment value that I've gotten out of a purchase in quite some time. Not only can you play a myriad of excellent games,( including Xbox 360 exclusive titles such as the great Halo 3 and groundbreaking Gears of War) but you can play DVDs right out of the box. The first Xbox required you to purchase a DVD playing package, including a remote. This is a great addition. Also, for only $50 a year you can have full access to the online gaming/digital product purchasing mecca that is Microsoft's Xbox Live. That comes out to a little more that $4 a month. A paltry sum for the quality service that you receive. You may play online against others with Xbox Live, or download the latest demos to try before you buy, or simply do some digital voice chat with a relative with an Xbox 360 that you may otherwise have to call long distance. The graphics on the system are great, and it's completely HD ready, if you've made the leap in TV technology. It can display in all major resolution formats. Also, especially if you are into first person shooter type games,(i.e. Call of Duty, or Halo, Quake) the controller is the absolute best for these applications. The same games are a TOTAL chore to play on the Playstation 3. What make this control better is the offset analogue control sticks that allow you to move both independently without fear of running your thumbs into each other. A huge design bonus to this control!! Also, the control happens to be more ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into an adults hand than others are, though I've never seen a child have a problem with it either. I also like the fact that this Elite version comes with a standard 120gig hard drive. It makes it so easy and fast to store many huge files, and cache game files for faster load times and fewer stutters in framerates. My only complaint is that this version of the system still has the problems with the ROD (Ring of Death) syndrome that the other versions of the Xbox 360 do, and may eventually fail on you. Apparently on some of the latest runs of the product some of these issues have been addressed, but not all of them. Because of this fact, I recommend something that I usually don't with electronics. BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY FROM BEST BUY, or whomever you make your eventual purchase from. Microsoft does have a 4 year manufacturer's warranty, but you have to send it into them and wait for a few weeks to a month and a half to get back your refurbished system. If you buy the warranty from Best Buy, you can just walk in and get another, THAT DAY. The warranty will set you back a few more bucks, but it's totally worth it in my book. I've already had to take it back once, and have had it for only 6 months. However, despite this potentially large shortcoming, and the fact that the system does not currently support Blu-Ray playback technology, this is still the best that the current game generation has to offer. You can't go wrong, assuming you've got the dough. But, even at the somewhat hefty pricetage, you're still not dishing out as much as for a PS3. Take care and happy shopping everyone. Beastyhasah

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Differences Between Standard/Elite

    Posted
    Arack

    Why is the Elite more expensive? It includes a larger hard drive (120GB vs 20GB), an HDMI port (now included on newer Standard versions), and support for 1080p resolution. Gameplay is exactly the same. I know; I own two HDTVs and both versions of the XBox 360. . Not everyone can benefit from an Elite. Read the paragraphs below to see if you can use it. . 1080p Resolution If you do not have an HDTV that supports 1080p resolution, you cannot take advantage of this feature. By far, most HDTVs support only 1080i resolution. Cable and satellite broadcasts are 1080i. . HDMI HDMI is a cable standard that supports 1080p resolution and digital sound over one cable. Your TV must have this input (most do) and it is recommended for 1080p video. 1080p will not work over component cables, but will over an optional VGA cable. An HDMI cable is included in this box, which is a good value, as they are relatively expensive. . 120GB Hard Drive This is 6 times the storage space of a standard XBox 360. 20GB is fine for 90% of XBox 360 owners. If you plan on downloading a lot of high-definition movies or game demos from XBox Live, you can take advantage of this feature. However, be warned. The XBox Live video selection is not large, and not all downloaded videos run at 1080p resolution. . Gameplay on Elite vs Standard It is exactly the same. All the XBox games can run on either system, and there is no performance benefit to the Elite. Don't be confused on this point. . Overheating Issues All late model XBoxes have a new heat sink that has resolved the overheating problem experienced by older models. Plus, Microsoft has extended the warranty to 3 years, so there is no need to worry about this problem any longer. . Halo 3 Version The Halo 3 branded XBox 360 is a standard model, with a new skin. . HD-DVD The Elite does not come with the HD-DVD player. However, I believe you will need the Elite if you want to experience 1080p movies after purchasing the player. . Hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Console Totally Worth Buy

    Posted
    Tfourty5

    I love the xbox360. I owned a PS2, and I figured I would give xbox's a try over the PS3. I am completly satisfied. The xbox is so great. Here's everything you need to know: Features::::::::::::::::::::: The xbox360 has tons of features including instant movie rentals from Netflix, xbox live, tons of fun games, and a great marketplace with demos, trailers, previews, news, and game add-ons (maps, new updates, etc.) Games:::::::::::::::::::::::: Great games such as Call of Duty World at War, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Midnight Club LA, Madden, all of which have great graphics, fun, and excellent on xbox live. Memory::::::::::::::::::::::: The 120gb hard drive on the elite is HUGE memory. I wouldn't reccomend this over any other xbox, unless you plan on storing music, pictures, movies, and games to your hard drive. I personally store my favorite games to my hard drive to help prevent over heating. When you store a game to the hard drive it runs the game, without spinning the disk, so your xbox produces no heat. This takes up about 8gb per game however, which is the only benefit of having a huge hard drive. Price:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I personally feel the Elite is overpriced. I only bought the Elite because it is black, and I thought it looked cool (dumb move), but unless you plan on using the hard drive to its full potential, an xbox360 pro may be more your style. Performance::::::::::::::: The xbox 360 has great performance. The ONLY thing that might be conserning is the RROD (Red Ring Of Death) the RRoD can happen for for a number of different reasons: Hardware failure(can be fixed if sent to microsoft, or returned to Best Buy) Not hooked up correctly(easily fixed) and most comonly OVERHEATING Overheating is not very common with the Xbox 360 Elite, because it was designed with new chip that produces less heat, to help prevent overheating. The customers that experience overheating probably have their xbox horizontal, on a carpet, in a corner where there is no circulation allowed. I experienced the RRoD myself, and i realized it was my fault for not allowing the xbox open space. You can prevent overheating by:::Keeping the xbox Veritcle, in an open space, and not on carpet, (I have mine on a book.) Luckily, I returned it to Best Buy, but if you send it to microsoft, you will recieve a 1 year warranty free. Overall. I love the xbox360 elite and I would highly recommend it to anybody.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bang for your buck

    Posted
    SuiXide

    As an Xbox 360 owner since launch, I can attest to the fact that it is a wonderful gaming console. The variety of games is outstanding, with RPG's, shooters, casual games, you name it. With Xbox Live, there's also the ability to download Xbox Live Arcade games straight to the console. Need a quick gaming fix? No need to go to the store, just visit the Xbox Live Arcade! If you own an HDTV your gaming and media experiences will grow even more. With the ability to output in 1080p and most games running natively at 720p, games have never looked better. If you own a Windows Media Center PC, you can even stream live TV over your home network to your Xbox 360. If you own a high-definition TV tuner, you can watch all your recorded AND live tv straight from the Xbox 360. It's a wonderful feature and one many people overlook. If you own a Windows XP or Windows Vista PC, you still have lots of media options available to you. You can share music, videos, and pictures over the network and the Xbox 360 can play them all over your TV. Have a big CD collection and want to listen to your music while playing a game? Not a problem. The Xbox 360 can rip music from CD straight to it's hard drive, and with the Elite model there's a ton of space for it all. After ripping your music to the console, you can then pull up the Xbox Guide to listen to music in-game. Xbox Live offers much more than Arcade games. Meet new people, compare your achievements, have a voice-chat, and play together online. It's a wonderfully fun time and it's never been easier. Want to watch a movie, but don't want to drive to the movie store? Not a problem. Xbox Live also offers movie rentals and TV show downloads, with many being in high definition. My wife and I routinely grab a movie off of Xbox Live and we've been nothing but happy with the quality and selection. If you have children, you'll be happy to know with the Xbox 360 you can limit what games your children can play, who they can talk to, what they can download, and even the amount of time they can spend on the console. Later, you can remove one or many of these restrictions if you see fit. All in all, the Xbox 360 is a one-stop-shop for all your entertainment needs. With games, movies, music, and TV, the 360 will shatter your conceptions of what a game console can be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding gaming machine!

    Posted
    Rmfarwell

    Of course im going to have the usual complaints. Lacks WiFi, no HD DVD drive built in, weighs a lot - but these things are minor inconveniences compared to what you get straight up. No one wants to admit that their system isnt perfect, so youll see a lot of 5 start reviews. I rated mine 4 star, because even though this system is breathtaking in many ways, it lacks what should have been added on by Microsoft after almost 2 years of being released. Wifi and HD DVD are not essentials and can be added on, but buying this hardware separate can empty the wallet quickly. We have become so accustomed to getting top of the line all-in-one systems, that we really frown upon what these are really meant to do, which is play a good looking game. The 360 Elite really delivers a great gaming experience. 120gb hard drive right out of the box to save all of your gaming data, music, videos, and more. Wireless controller frees you of those unattractive controller wires. Gaming headset and 1 free month of xbox live is included to give you the full gaming experience that the 360 is meant to deliver. Yes the black finish is a plus, but its really not that big of a deal to me. For the people shopping to find a great GAMING console, this goes above and beyond. It has 100% what a gaming console should provide: great graphics, large game library, wireless playability, amazing online gaming, user friendliness, attractive design, and enough space to store all of your goodies. However, if youre looking for a console that includes all of the modern day gadgets such as HD DVD, Bluetooth, WiFi, and loads of USB ports, you may want to look otherwise. And for those who are wondering, yes, Microsoft did eliminate the red ring of death (a hardware failure caused by overheating) with the Falcon motherboard. The Falcon motherboard has a 2% failure rate as opposed to a 33% failure rate with the old Zephyr motherboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the best choice for next-gen gaming

    Posted
    aaz110

    Out of this generation of consoles, I feel that the Xbox 360 is the best choice if your primary interest is gaming. Overall, PS3 may be a better value than the Xbox 360 Elite edition (as it is only slightly higher in price and comes with a Blu-ray drive included as well as built-in wireless networking). However, at the current time, it just simply doesn't have as many good games as the Xbox 360 has. So if games is the most important aspect to you, go with the 360. If you want a good mix between games, connectivity, and a next-gen optical drive, go with the PS3. If you take an Elite system, add the wireless adapter, and the HD-DVD drive, your total will be approximately $800. You can get the same capabilities out of a PS3 right now for $500 and add in a much higher capacity laptop hard drive for about $100 extra if you choose to do so. Again though, Xbox 360 simply has the edge in games available at the moment. Also, if you are trying to decide between which 360 version to get, go with the Elite if you have a high-def tv and you prefer to use HDMI instead of component cables to connect it. While it is true that the 360 Premium has a HDMI port now, it still does not come with the HDMI cable, and since you can't use a generic HDMI cable with the 360, you'd have to be forced to pay at least $40 to $50 for the cable from Microsoft or a third-party (although, I would avoid using third-party hardware in general, because if you happen to be using something not "certified" by Microsoft, supposedly you'll void your warranty...which is something that you definitely do not want to do with all the problems with hardware failure that the Xbox 360 has been having). Now, when you add in the cost of a HDMI cable to the Premium version, you're only $50 away from the price of the Elite. And with the Elite you get an extra 100 gigabytes of storage space, and in my opinion, a much nicer looking, black finish to the console itself. Otherwise, if you don't really need the extra storage space and you don't plan on using HDMI, go with the Premium and save your extra money for accessories that you'll undoubtedly end up buying anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    read this review if ur serious about buying a 360

    Posted
    CODlover

    this is a great product. the problems are red ring of death. to help the console cover it up to avoid dust and put in a cooled area. the ring will eventually happen but they give u a free console replacement. i no everyone says ull lose ur data. then simply backup ur data onto a memory card. when u get the ring they refund ur mony and u get a profit or they get a new one. it takes a month so wat cant u live without ur console for a month. this console has great HD experience also. it has great games assasins creed, halo 3 ,guitar hero, rock band, call of duty. if ur deciding over wii then no a wii gets really boring after 2 weeks. if deciding over a ps3 look at all the only on xbox games and the xbox live. live is great vs ur friends or people around the world. its awsome. it only costs $4 a month too. anyone can handle that. also the color is good. it matches lots of things. also the hard drive space is good. i download demos for FREE if i like a game. good idea right and u will never run out of space. also u can update ur games on the FREE marketplace. a bad thing though is the HD dvd its not that good and blue ray is better. theres good ways to personalize and many good attachments.alsoyou can text ur friends and battle them. GET CALL OF DUTY. u can also play most of the good xbox orriginal games. the intercooler that everyone complains about helps the console a lot and isnt that loud the sounds of the game overpower the fan easily. also this comes with all the things ull need, controller, hd wire, non hd wire, hard drive, headset, batteries, some come with games, xbox live membership. this is an all around good.buy. its worth the money by a lot.i think that about covers it. i hope this is a helpful review

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    PS3 is alot better than Xbox 360

    Posted
    UnknownPerson10I09I09

    I hate Xbox 360 because you have to buy Microsoft cards to play online, and you need to buy internet adaptor, also your console gets overheated when you play all day 12 or 18 hours of playing, and you need to replace your batteries everytime it rans out. I recommend to all the people has Xbox 360 to switch to PS3 (PLAYSTATION 3) because PS3 has the very outstanding performance in gaming. In the Playstation 3 you can play movies HI-DEF with BLUE-RAY, play music anytime you want, put high quality photos on it or even videos and PS3 has a built in rechargeable battery inside the controller and if you want to recharge it, just connect the USB cord , simple it that. In PS3 you can buy stuff at PLAYSTATION STORE (PSS) like adds-on,demo,or games for your PS3 or PSP, but you also need to put money on your wallet or your account so you can be able to buy at PSS, some of the adds-on and games are free, so you dont have to worry about loosing your money. I like PS3 because you dont have to worry about internet adaptor or cards just to play online, PS3 has the best performance gaming console ever, and its not true that the PS3 gets overheated after playing for 2 hours, i can prove that because i have used it for 15 hours of playing online non-stop, so it's very not true that it gets overheated that quick. I've been have my PS3 for almost 2 years from now, and i never ever have a problem of it, i'm only having problem with my router because i bought the cheap one at wal-mart(no offense). PS3 has everything. i'm not trying to ruined the reputation of the Xbox 360, and i'm not saying that don't buy that console because the Xbox 360 has a poor performances and stuff, i'm just saying that PS3 has the best perfomance in gaming and other stuff ever. Thanks for reading my review for PS3 and Xbox 360.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly Elite!

    Posted
    HardTarget

    The Xbox 360 Elite is truly an amazing machine. This one specifically has been equipped and built with better internal hardware than some of the previous 360s (e.g. Pro system, Arcade etc). It has the acclaimed "falcon" chip that drastically reduces the chance of overheating and the disc runner is a lot smoother and quieter. Not to mention the classy black finish. Quick Notes: Most of the games are 1080p HD capable. Tons of Microsoft exclusive titles that are actually fun. (e.g. Gears of War, Fable, Left 4 Dead etc) It has some of the best graphics known to console gaming. The online play is immaculate. Currently one of the best available. Parental controls let you keep a good filter over what your children can do and access. Fully customizable console. From the software interface down to the the faceplate! Has an "acheivement" system that keeps track of everything you accomplish is all of your games! (Big advantage over the PS3) Ability to stream/download/rent full length movies, games, tv shows, in-game content, pictures, music and more. If you're trying to decide between the PS3 and the Xbox 360 I'd say: PS3 = Media lovers/Average gamers. 360 = Hardcore gamers that like a dash of media in their lives. (Media meaning movies, music, tv shows, etc) Hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best way to go

    Posted
    CodeZer0

    Initially, the 360 Elite stood out for having a much cooler running console, an actual HDMI port, and the niceties of a larger hard drive, the matte black finish and other extradites. It was also rumored that the 360 Elite was also made of those components which passed the most rigorous testing in the assembly lines for Microsoft's console leading up to its release. Nowadays, there are much less differentiating elements to this edition over the revised Pro and Arcade SKU's, but there is still no question: The Elite model is still the best way to go. And with the newly reduced price, the Elite stands out as a much more compelling value. One of the key benefits with this edition is clearly the comprehensive supply of cabling that comes with the unit. No need to worry about if you have to buy extra cables here or there to connect with. The only output cable not provided in this bundle is the VGA cable. HDMI (with the optional breakout box for other audio output), component/composite video, it's here. Many may say "but you'll never need that much storage", well... MS wouldn't have revised the Pro with a larger hard drive if that were the case. And with one of the big rumored updates for the console being the ability to rip your games onto the hard drive for faster loading and quieter operation, the extra storage is going to become practical very shortly. Clearly, there is (or will be) more reasons than ever to use that storage space, and it will be better to have it now before you do need to buy more later. If this is your first time with an Xbox 360, this may very well be the best way to go. It does cost the most money, but you are getting a lot in return.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving Xbox Again!

    Posted
    BMWguy

    The Elite is my 2nd Xbox 360 that replaced my old 360 premium which I ended up selling to a friend of mine. My old Xbox 360 had the older chipset so I made sure the Elite that I got had the Falcon chipset. The 120GB hard drive is plenty enough to download arcade games, game demos, TV shows, and movies. My previous 360 with the 20GB hard drive got filled up too fast. I've owned the Elite for about 2 weeks now and have been using it every night playing Call of Duty 4. So far the Elite has been very reliable. It's also amazing when using it on a HDTV! I've also downloaded a couple of movies with no playback issues. Because there is no built in Wi-Fi I had to buy the Xbox wireless adapter which is another $99.00. I also sent in a check for the optional extended warranty for $59.90. I was expecting the DVD drive to be quieter than my previous Xbox but it was just about the same. Just turn up the volume a bit and you won't hear it. The RROD can still happen on an Elite with a Falcon chipset but it's not as frequent as the older versions. Just make sure the production date is sometime this year and the team location is FDOU. Also make sure that the Xbox is in a well ventilated area! I ended up getting lot #0805, Team: FDOU, production date 1/27/2008.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Choice and Purchase

    Posted
    Anonymous

    The Xbox 360 Elite comes with everything you need to have a High Definition gaming experience. #1 The Xbox 360 Elite comes with all the accessories and all the extras that you need (Big hard drive capacity, high definition cable, Ethernet cable, headset for xbox live and the wireless controller), all this accessories are all you need to have an amazing gaming experience, the connection cable that comes with the Xbox 360 Elite will work with both, High Definition TVs and non-HD TVs, you don't need to buy an extra cable. The wireless controller comes with a set of batteries, so you don't have to worry about buying the batteries, most people get so excited when they buy products like this that they actually forget to buy batteries and at the end they can't use whatever product they bought, but the Xbox 360 Elite comes with a pair, so you won't have any problems :) - The quality of the Xbox 360 Elite is great, you won't regret buying it, it is worth the money because you will be actually getting an extremely powerful machine and your satisfaction will be greater than the opportunity cost of buying the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 Elite comes with 30 days free of Xbox Live Gold, so you can try their service to see if you like it, in order for you to enjoy an Xbox 360 you MUST have Xbox Live, because it gives you a new look and experience at the new way of gaming. Buying extras will be up to the player, but the Xbox 360 Elite comes with everything that you need, if you want a wireless headset, then thats up to you to buyer

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I have grown up a playstation fan since the old playstation era, so I was a very playstation biased gamer until I broke down and bought a 360 arcade. I loved the system but it did break on me a yr after buying it, so I decided to upgrade myself to the elite. what I found for my 400 bucks was more than I thought I'd get. a sleek, sexy black system, massive 120gb removeable HDD, ethernet, composite, component and HDMI cables plus a matching black headset and wireless controller. when you boil that down you are getting a faster console and the controller, plus the hard drive for almost half off and the rest of the sutff for free the elite runs off a much more powerful and faster processer than the other 36s and the PS3, and while you have to pay for live use, the support is much better than say the free PSN on playstation 3. I think the only con I can find is the lack of a blu ray player, but that is minimal since the majority of home theater systems today include a blu ray dvd player. I have yet to run into problem with the console other than the occasional freezing, but that is a minor problem to such a great system. If you are an Hardcore gamer and need a system that runs good and looks incredible on an HD tv, look no further than the xbox. the only thing I hope the bring out in the future is a bigger hard drive (I download videos and game content so my hard drive is down to about 7 gigs) and releasing the xbox live headset in black as mine broke on me a few months back. bottom line is this. the 360 Elite blows the PS3 out of the water and there is no going back for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent gaming platform

    Posted
    Sharm

    I have waited more than a year to buy Xbox 360 because I only wanted to buy a black one. The wait was well worth it because the black "elite" version is hands-down the best bundle of them all. It fits in perfectly with all of the rest of my black electronics. This system is plain awesome in many regards, only some of which are hi-def graphics, large enough hard drive, excellent controllers (the buttons layout is great and the weight is just right), online content, online gaming, media streaming from Windows-Vista based PC, included high-quality HDMI cable, etc. They seem to have worked out the red ring of death issues on this console because I haven't experienced any problems. The selection of games available for this system is vast enough to keep any level of gamers busy for months. The system does get quite hot and the disk drive tends to get loud at disc load but neither of these create hiccups in gameplay. My biggest problem with this system is the exclusion of wireless networking. I can't believe this "elite" system didn't come included with wireless adapter (which sells as an accessory for $99???????). Even Wii which is less than half of what I spent on my system has wireless networking. What was MS thinking? Overall, I am highly satisfied with my purchase and have already gotten my brother and friends hooked on it. I am sure they have Xbox 360 on their christmas wishlists this year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Gaming Investment!

    Posted
    Jesus77

    This is a great addition to the Xbox family. If you are new to the gaming scene and was thinking about what system to get this is a great one to have. I would not recommend upgrading your old Xbox 360 to get the elite, unless you have the extra money to throw around. The elite with its massive Hard Drive has plenty of space for downloaded games, movies, pictures, and music. Also it is really nice how you can set this up to a Windows computer Media Center through your network. This is a really nice feature to watch and listen to all your content from your PC to your 360 elite. The only problems I see is that it does not come with a High Def player unless you buy it separate. Also there is now wireless connector built in although it is available separate as well. However for the price I feel it should be included or at least one of the two. The other hassle I found was that the only way to transfer music was from an actual CD and that can take awhile when you have ten to twenty gigs of music. Also, you need to pay for Xbox Live for online play. Although it is a pain it is well worth it. I have enjoyed this system for awhile now and it has not given me any problems. I would recommend getting an additional external fan just to help prolong the life of your elite. The cooling system works and it has not overheated yet, but there is a good amount of heat after long periods of play. Nonetheless this is a great system and will have you well prepared for the great things to come to the gaming industry.

    I would recommend this to a friend