XBox 360 Review

Category: Gaming Systems - Date: March 7, 2006

XBox 360

Overall Rating
Design
Features
Performance

XBox 360 Review Introduction

The Xbox 360 is the future of entertainment. With the most stunning games, powerful technology, and intelligent services, Xbox 360 puts you at the center of your entertainment experience.

XBox 360 Design

The guts of the Xbox 360 comprise what is, for all intents and purposes, a very powerful computer. Aesthetically, the Xbox 360 is a dramatic leap over the original Xbox. It’s stylishly concave shape fits in well with other components. You are able to swap out the front faceplate on your Xbox 360 to customize the look of your system. Weight: 7.7 lbs. Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.15 in x 3.27 in x 10.15 in.

XBox 360 Features

In an ideal world, HD is best, but you can survive for a while without it and still enjoy the system. All games are supported in high definition at 16:9, 720p and 1080i with anti-aliasing as well as standard definition. A detachable 20 GB hard drive is available; this comes with the premium package and will be used primarily for saving game demos and profiles. There are two memory slots for saving games, gamertags, and content to 64 MB memory units and three USB ports for connecting devices or controllers. Networking is provided via an Ethernet port; an 802.11a/b/g adapter will be available. Wireless gaming is built-in and can accommodate up to four wireless controllers sold separately for $50. Progressive-scan DVD playback is standard and there’s a handy remote available for $30 that also comes with the premium package.

XBox 360 Performance

CPU: 3.2GHz PowerPC processor with three cores, Graphics: ATI custom graphics chip, RAM: 512MB GDDR3 Unified System Memory, ROM: 10MB of embedded DRAM, Optical drive: 12X DVD drive, Storage: 20GB hard drive (PE version)

What’s included in the package

There are two systems the Core System and the Premium Edition. If you’re a serious gamer looking for the ultimate console, the search ends with Xbox 360 PE. It is fully loaded. Xbox 360 Core System delivers the same powerful gaming
as Xbox 360 PE, but starts with the basics and lets you expand at your own pace. It’s everything you need to hit the ground running. Core System includes the Console, Wired Controller, and Composite AV Cable. The Premium Edition includes the Core System and many extras.

Conclusion

The Xbox 360 delivers the power and performance of a high-end gaming PC, including impressive digital media and networking features. All games are in high-definition; excellent user-friendly Dashboard interface; built-in support for wireless controllers; excellent online gaming and communications via Xbox Live; backward compatible with many (but not all) original Xbox titles (backwards compatibility is via the hard drive).


One Response to “XBox 360 Review”

  1. A. Boscarino Says:

    Buyers Beware! The 360 may currently have the best library of all the next gen systems (its been out the longest), but it is highly defective. The official, accepted retail figures for this problem- is a 33% overall fail rate (out of a 12 million systems). That’s a lot of systems! I have been through three of them, a crashed within a few months. Search the web and you will read multitudes of regrettable stories.