By now you've already heard how Xbox 360 puts you at the center of the most powerful games on the planet, hence the "360," as in 360 degrees (geometry students will recognize that as the number of degrees in a circle). To accomplish this feat, Microsoft has brought together a full circle of powerful factors.
Device Type: Gaming Console
Product Title: Xbox 360 White 20GB Console
Power Score: 3.9 | 68 Reviews
Device Type: Gaming Console
Release Date: 2005-11-22
URL: Manufacturer Link
Frequency Band: Xbox Live: Xbox Live features with broadband service, including Xbox Live Marketplace for downloadable content, gamer profile for digital identity, and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. Tri Core Processor Features: Two hardware threads per core; six hardware threads total VMX-128 vector unit per core; three total 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread CPU Game Math Performance: 9.6 billion dot product operations per second Custom ATI Graphics Processor Features: 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically scheduled shader pipelines Unified shader architecture Unified memory architecture Graphics Features: 16 gigasamples per second fill rate using 4x MSAA 48 billion shader operations per second All games supported at 16:9, 720p, or 1080i, with anti-aliasing Standard-definition and high-definition video output supported Memory Performance: 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM 21.6 GB/s front-side bus System Performance: 1 teraflop Menu Features: Interactive, full-screen 3-D visualizers Audio Features: Multi-channel surround sound output 320 independent decompression channels 32-bit audio processing Add-on: Video camera ready (Optional) Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g ready (Optional)
Input Device Type: Game Pad
Fill Rate: 500 Million Polygons/s
Brand Name: Microsoft
Memory Bandwidth: 22.40 GBps
Green Compliance: Yes
Graphics Memory Technology: DRAM
Graphics Processor Speed: 500 MHz
Number of Hard Drive Bays: 1
Hard Drive Bays: Yes
Product Line: Xbox 360
Front Camera: Microsoft
Product Reviews (18)
One of the best console launches and suprisingly well thought out console
Strengths: Great graphics processing power, Live intergration with downloadable content/marketplace/online play, Great media center functions, Progressing Backwards Compatability List, Solid Launch Lineup
Weakness: Fans will be a bit louder than other consoles, Expensive ($100 than other console launches), Faceplates hard to get off, Will only load 100 songs list for MP3 Players, Video Streaming requires MCE.
Let me start off by saying I don't believe anyone should get the core system. The core system was introduced in order to funnel off some heat for the $100 price increase for the console in the current generation. By releasing the core system users who bought the real system could feel a sense of value and feel the console's price point was really $299. While I think this tactic is far less shady...
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Let me start off by saying I don't believe anyone should get the core system. The core system was introduced in order to funnel off some heat for the $100 price increase for the console in the current generation. By releasing the core system users who bought the real system could feel a sense of value and feel the console's price point was really $299. While I think this tactic is far less shady than the bundling of useless accessories with the PSP, it is nevertheless obviously the real Xbox 360. All the accessories that come with the regular version just spell out next gen (Wireless controllers and HDTV Component Cables). When you hear them talk about the core accommodating to "niche users" they must be talking about people who like to get ripped off or people who couldn't get a regular system at launch and are desperate for a 360.
On first receiving the system you will notice it is quite heavy for the size. For the graphical quality the console has potential for, it's not suprise that the components would be heavy. For the first time in 3D gaming this console has produced some graphics that are on Par with current Gen PC Gaming. I find this to be quite impressive for $400 which is quite a comparable price. And with many popular PC titles being ported on the 360 (Call of Duty 2 and Oblivion for example), it's not a bad alternative for people sick of upgrading their PCs every year, though personally I would not give up my Keyboard and mouse for FPS' like Quake 4. The console runs relatively hot so the fans are quite loud for a console according to many people. I personally have it running in the same room as my PC so my PC's fans are definitely louder and drown out any of the sound. One of the major feats with this console is that all the games will support 720p. For any HDTV owners this is a godsend. In the previous generation there were only a handful of titles that ever got the 720p treatment. Personally having a 1080p HDTV, this made me quite disappointed. But with the 360 I no longer have to worry about that. I think going with 720p was a good move since 1080p sets are rare. The visual quality jump from 480p to 720p is amazing.
The main thing that struck me instantly while using this console initially is that they really designed this console for useability and Xbox Live. The intergration of every game into xbox live is quite interesting. Sometimes while waiting for a game to start in the multiplayer lobby I'll check out people's games list and achievements (which the console automatically tracks if you're online). Also I can pull up the dash blade any time I want. This allows for me to insert my own personal soundtrack whenever I want to any game. For example in PGR3 I can just plug in my Ipod and load up my songs and race with my own playlist from my Ipod. Also an alternative is connecting the 360 to your home network and loading up the songs for a shared folder on your PC. Either way it all works flawlessly except for the fact that they left out any sort of alphabetical sorting tabs. Therefore browsing through a long list of playlists/albums/artists can be quite annoying. Also you can stream pictures off your computer for instant access for photo viewing on your home TV from your computer. The console delivers on all the promises of being an entertainment hub for your home network. Unfortunately for me this aspect is not as important since my PC and my 360 are connected to the same HDTV LCD Monitor. However for people with their PC in the computer room and the HDTV in the living room, it provides a very affordable alternative to having another HTPC in the living room. With MCE you can stream HDTV Video directly off your PC to the living room which is very convenient.
As for the launch lineup, I have found it to be one of the most solid in history. So far I own 3 games (Kameo, Project Gotham 3, and Perfect Dark Zero) and all are superb. I could go into detail about each of them but needless to say they all look fantastic and deserve well above a 8.5 Score out of 10. Also with NBA 2K5 sports fans have a game that looks fantastic. some of the visuals in that game will blow you away.
The current estimate is that Microsoft is losing more than $100 off each console sold, and all the features and graphical capabilities you receive from the console is a clear indication of why. There have been some complaints about defective units, but that is not all uncommon with launches. In fact mine has been running quite well with no real crashes, though I have encountered one bug in PGR3. I know it is a popular trend to go against Microsoft, but it's very hard to deny that they have created a well thought out console sooner than anyone could have anticipated. With a good lead of at least 6 months before the other next-gen consoles there is no reason not to be somewhat impressed with the 360. I would strongly recommend this product to open minded gamers, especially if they have an HDTV.
By zoglog - Nov 28, 2005
So close to perfect...
Strengths: Awesome graphics, sexy & sleek, customizable faceplates, superb online network, wireless controllers
Weakness: External *brick* power supply, gets a little hot & sometimes noisy, no HDMI output (only Elite)
So close to perfect... I've had the Xbox 360 for about 10 months now. Last month it gave up on me & I had to get it replaced, for which I had to incurr a one way shipping cost but the replacement process was a breeze & the replacement Xbox 360 was with me in no time. I had the original Xbox for a very long time, now passed it on to my brother who doesn't require *next-gen* gaming for his day to...
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So close to perfect...
I've had the Xbox 360 for about 10 months now. Last month it gave up on me & I had to get it replaced, for which I had to incurr a one way shipping cost but the replacement process was a breeze & the replacement Xbox 360 was with me in no time.
I had the original Xbox for a very long time, now passed it on to my brother who doesn't require *next-gen* gaming for his day to day life, however I do recommend it for everyone else. The Xbox 360 takes entertainment to another level by giving you wireless controllers, a better interface to interact with (the Xbox 360 dashboard), jaw dropping graphics & a whole lot more..I'm not going to bore you with the technical specifications of the console, I will point out the few things you might be wanting to get a feedback about.
What makes the Xbox 360 awesome (Pros)?
The graphics are way too good to be described by any sort of words. Yes, if you want to take advantage of the true HD experience you will need a decent HDTV which keep getting cheaper by the day. The graphics do vary from TV to TV but in general with a HDTV you will not be disappointed at all.
The HDD allows you to save a lot of content including downloaded content, music you rip from cds etc. The main reason of the hard drive existing is to allow you to save your game files & with a 20GB HDD (only 12GB is available to the user) you can store an unlimited amount of saved games, mind it, you do need the HDD to play original Xbox games.
The wireless controller creates freedom beyond what can be imagined. Using 2.4GHz technology the responsiveness of the Xbox 360s controller is nothing but instant giving you the perfect lag-free gaming experience.
The Xbox Live Network System is optional but I strongly recommend it for anyone who has got a broadband connection. It will complete the entertainment experience you are looking for. Online content availability is increasing rapidly. You can download game content, game demos, gametrailers in HD, movie trailers in HD, music videos...the list is endless.
The availability of games will get you confused on what to choose & keep you busy with the Xbox 360 all the time. The number of games available keeps increasing & currently the Xbox 360 has almost 5 times the number of games available on its competition - the PlayStation 3.
The Xbox 360 can be linked up with your computer to stream music, videos & pictures. The setup for this barely takes a minture. All games allow the option of using custom soundtracks, this is where streaming music can be very useful.
If you feel the need of watching your movies in HD (HD movies are different from normal DVDs) then you can buy the external HD-DVD Player add-on for the Xbox 360 ($200).
What's not-good about the Xbox 360 (Cons)?
The Xbox 360 is not by itself, you have this *brick* power supply which is bulky & annoying as the mobility of the console is lost with this. The component cables can make it a little untidy & can cause a little bit of a clutter. There is no HDMI output for the premium system (the Elite has this). The machine can be noisy at times & produces a lot of heat, you have to make sure it is in a well ventilated area, the power supply should be in a well ventilated area as well.
Comparison with the PlayStation 3.....
Which is more powerful in terms of specifications?
On paper, the PS3 but which is being
Which is being used to its utmost potential currently & delivering what it promised?
The Xbox 360 for the main reason that the developers have found too many bugs in the PS3s developing software & are finding it hard to understand & learn the PS3s developing software.
What's the exclusive content on both (from the top of my head)?
Xbox 360: Gears of War/Halo/Project Gotham Racing/Forza Motorsport/GTA IV/Perfect Dark Zero
PS3: Resistance Fall of Man/Gran Turismo/Formula One/Metal Gear Solid/Motorstorm
What's the number in game titles currently in the market?
The PS3 is told to have less than 40 games currently available in the market where as the Xbox 360 has 150+ titles available.
Which one has the better online network?
The Xbox 360 with its Xbox Live Online Multiplayer Network is by far better than what Sony came up with, you might be paying $50/year for it but it is well worth it. The latest dashboard update allows you to IM with your friends as well.
Which is better?
Nothing can be taken away from either of them, they are both very powerful machines. However, for a person looking for a *pure entertainment* system I would recoemmend the Xbox 360 because it has a lot more titles available & will never be far behind the PS3 in terms of graphics or performance (currently it is ahead), allows you to easily connect to your computer to stream music, pictures & videos, the Xbox Live Network allows you to download a lot of content for games & other media - such as gametrailers in HD, demos, new themes etc. plus the lack of force feedback with the PS3 leaves the next-gen experience incomplete which is not the case with the Xbox 360.
By manu08 - May 17, 2007
Xbox 360 Premium (component version)
Strengths: Large game library available, good controller feel, nice interface, great online community.
Weakness: Huge power brick, loud, overheats easily.
Even though I'm a fairly hardcore gamer, I'd say this console has definitely not won many points with me since I've owned it (or, maybe, it's pwned me?!?!). I love the huge library of games, the integration with games with the well-thought-out online community (Xbox Live!), and the feel of the controllers. I hate the heating issues with this thing, though. I'm currently on my 2nd XB360 (I sent...
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Even though I'm a fairly hardcore gamer, I'd say this console has definitely not won many points with me since I've owned it (or, maybe, it's pwned me?!?!).
I love the huge library of games, the integration with games with the well-thought-out online community (Xbox Live!), and the feel of the controllers.
I hate the heating issues with this thing, though. I'm currently on my 2nd XB360 (I sent the first back to Microsoft for repairs within the 1st year...typical for this console) and am probably going to end up sending back this one for more repairs. Frankly, I'm torked that M$ would allow something with this level of build quality (and the amount of $ it cost me) to get into consumers' hands and not replace it with a working console (it's widely known that most folks have had to have their XB360 replaced at least once).
The sad thing: I can't stay away. The mix of games and online community via Xbox Live! is too compelling to make me throw this thing out alltogether. So, I'll suffer Microsoft's apparent lack of care for their consumer base and keep playing my ExBox.
By rbc24123 - Nov 27, 2007
What are you thinking?
Strengths: awesome graphics (esp. on a hdtv, but still great on a sdtv), great games, friendly controller, 5.1 sound if you have a home theater, the list goes on and on
Weakness: big power supply, the plastic casing is a little more fragile than I'd like, some of the better xbox games aren't compatable, you need a hdtv to really get the point
I've had my 360 since December, and in that time, I haven't once regretted buying it. I won't be one of the people that lies and says that there are no problems, but those problems are few, and the system more than makes up for them. The 360 was my jump from Sony to Microsoft, and I still haven't decided if I'm looking back. With a set price of $599 for the premium system, I'm not sure if the PS3...
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I've had my 360 since December, and in that time, I haven't once regretted buying it. I won't be one of the people that lies and says that there are no problems, but those problems are few, and the system more than makes up for them. The 360 was my jump from Sony to Microsoft, and I still haven't decided if I'm looking back. With a set price of $599 for the premium system, I'm not sure if the PS3 is worth taking out a loan. However, I do have one bit of advice, and because of that, I doubt anyone will be reading this... DON'T PAY $600 FOR A REFURB 360. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY STUPID. GO TO WALMART, BEST BUY, CIRCUIT CITY, ECT. AND BUY A BRAND NEW, NEVER OPENED, NEVER PLAYED 360 FOR $399.
By KeeloG; - May 15, 2006
super playing machine
Strengths: the graphics are unbeliveable real. The gamplay is gripping and you cant stop playing. The xbox 360 is like a drug that you cant stop playing.I would definatly recomened this outstanding prouduct.
Weakness: the wireless controlers are not as good as they were cracked up to be(they need batteries which run out)is usless . The biggest issue is the price! I brought my one for 210 pounds . Alot of money.
fantasticly amazing,fast,loud and higly enjoyable. Twise as good as the ps3 will ever be. Definatly worth my money.
Never will there be a better concel (unless the next xbox).
By bocajbackwards - Jan 31, 2006