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Xbox 360 Elite Console
Average based on 333 reviews
Good HD consoleCreated: 16/06/2010
This edition of the console is a standard XBOX 360 Elite but with a 250GB Hard Drive instead of the 120GB on a normal Elite console. I went straight for the XBOX 360 elite because of the improved chipset after seeing so many broken white 360's on ebay for spares and repair.
I unpacked it all and set it up - its very easy to do but you will need to connect it to the internet to let it update itself to the latest software (you dont have to but its best to). Even though the Elite package is the best you can buy I was slightly annoyed that you have to buy extras such as a wireless adapter (and these are not cheap either) and a second controller for two player. You can connect to the internet wired if you like by using the included network cable. If you want to play against other people online you then have to buy a xbox live gold membership - more money!! I suggest looking on eBay for xbox live scratch cards as I found you can buy a months membership cheaper on ebay than most shops.
Even though the Elite is the new, more reliable chipset they are still prone to overheating which then causes the motherboard to warp and this is what causes the 360's to crash and get errors (known as the red ring of death or RROD for short). To stop this happening I bought a clip on external fan unit which is advised to protect your investment. Its a shame Microsoft havent improved the cooling system if heat is such a problem and built in wireless would be a massive bonus (like other consoles now have). I didnt find the fans / console noisey like some people have mentioned but i guess that depends on how close you are to it, ambient noise and size of the room etc..
You can play most original old xbox games on the 360 - there is no need to buy one of the "xbox 360 update disks" advertised on ebay, these dont do anything important. If it needs to the 360 will download an update / patch automatically the first time you play an original old xbox game. Playing old xbox games is a bonus if you dont want to fork out full price for a 360 game. You cant play the original xbox games over xbox live on te 360 - only local play.
A good point of the 360 is most of the games are full 1080p HD (or at least 720) so you get a nice crisp gaming experience. A good quality HDMI cable is included and you also get component leads should you want to use those. Colin McCrae Dirt is an amazing HD racing game. Overall an OK console but the constant spending on extras and XBOX Live membership is annoying and you cant help like you are being fleeced for every penny.
To save money on the wireless adapter dont buy a £50-£60 official xbox adapter buy a wireless bridge (about £25) this gives you a wireless access point to which you can connect any wired device so just buy the bridge and connect the xbox to it with the included cable and you are done.
I hope you will vote "YES" for my honest review. ...Read more
nice.. but is expensive on running costsCreated: 29/10/2010
The xbox 360 slim is a nice console which has been reduced in size alot from the old model. It is much more quite and has built in wifi so it can be placed anywhere in the home.
Compared to its main rival the Playstation 3 it is much lower in price by about £50-60 cheaper. It includes features such as Sky, Sky Sports, Sky movies, Twitter and facebook.(All sky items have to be paid for)
The negative side to the xbox is that of xbox live gold subscription where you can play online and access online content which is approximately £40 a year.
An average rating has been given to this product by microsoft as the Sony PS3 has free online gaming, has a built in Blu-ray player which will avoid running expenses.
All in all the PS3 is more expensive but a better asset to have for long term use. ...Read more