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Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)

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by Microsoft
Xbox 360
 Ages 3 and Over
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Everything you need to start playing Xbox 360 games right out of the box at great value
  • Expandable--Add key accessories to take full advantage of the power of the system
  • Xbox Live Enabled
  • Enjoy your movies with progressive scan DVD playback
  • Stream your music and digital photos from a wide range of portable music players and digital cameras
  • Connect to your Windows XP or Windows Media Center PC.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Item Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Release Date: 2 Dec. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,364 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The Xbox 360 Core System has everything you need to jump right into next-generation games and media, and is fully expandable to the complete Xbox 360 experience.

Included in the Core System package:

Xbox 360 console:
Sexy styling that packs a punch -- three powerful core processors are poised to pump out 720p/1080i output, 16x9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound and DVD playback right out of the box.

Xbox 360 controller
This wired controller features an extended nine-foot cable and a comfortable, enhanced ergonomic design.

Xbox 360 faceplate
Like no other console before, the Xbox 360 allows customisation and a removable faceplate that comes in stylish white, which can be swapped out with other custom faceplates to reflect gamers’ personalities or room decor.

Xbox 360 Standard AV Cable
This connects gamers to the world of Xbox 360, delivering great next-generation graphics and games using standard-definition connections.

About the Xbox
The Xbox 360 console will be the first next-gen console released and will fuse powerful hardware, software, and services to provide a dramatic leap forward in high-definition gaming and entertainment experiences.

The key technical specifications of the Xbox 360 console are unlikely to make much sense to any but the most technical. But if a custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU with three symmetrical 3.2GHz cores, a 500MHz custom ATI Graphics Processor with 10MB of embedded DRAM and unified memory architecture of 512MB GDDR3 RAM and 700MHz DDR doesn’t mean anything to you just consider this: with specs like that the Xbox 360 is already more powerful than a £2,000+ state-of-the art PC.

The Xbox 360 will also have three USB slots and both HD digital and standard audio visual outputs, which can pump out games in widescreen at 720p and 1080i resolution, complete with anti-aliasing functionality. This will result in much higher resolution games than ever seen before: the beginning of the HD (high definition) era. Review

The Xbox 360 is Microsoft's successor to the Xbox console, and is the first "next generation" games console to hit the market. It has three powerful core processors which pump out 720p/1080i output (translation: graphics look great), 16x9 cinematic aspect ratio (translation: it's sort of like the cinema), anti-aliasing for smooth textures (translation: characters look less like chimps and more like people), full surround sound and DVD playback right out of the box.

A multi media experience

Xbox 360 with wireless controller
Xbox 360, shown with levitating wireless controller

In comparison to the Darth Vader inspired design of the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 a thing of (near) wondrous beauty.

In addition to playing games and movies, the Xbox 360 can stream music and video from a wide variety of electronic devices, including iPods and the Sony PSP.

Get Live

The Xbox 360 offers an online gaming experience via Xbox Live. This allows you to play multi-player Xbox 360 games on the internet via your broadband connection. The service also lets you download--and save on the console's hard drive--new missions, characters and vehicles for your favourite games. You can also shout real-time abuse at your opponents using the Xbox 360 headset

Choose the package that's right for you

The Xbox 360 comes in two different packages: the deluxe package includes a wireless controller, 20GB hard drive, and a number of other accessories. Alternatively, the Core System bundle has a standard wired controller and no hard drive.

Which option is right for you will depend largely on your gaming needs--are you a fan of downloadable content? Do controller wires upset the feng shui of your living room? There are pros and cons for each option: for instance, if you do plump for the Core System you will have to buy a separate memory unit if you want to save your games. Likewise, if you opt for the deluxe version you will need a steady supply of AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack to power the wireless controller.

The Xbox 360 is only backwards compatible with a limited number of original Xbox titles, and a hard drive is required for this function.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-Def not necessary.... 28 Jan. 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Hi there!

Just a few words to those wondering if the 360 is worth buying if you don't have a high defenition telly.

The 360 works fab on any standard TV made during the last seven years or so. As long as your telly accepts a 60hz signal, you're good to go. This is pretty important as some games will not be playable in 50hz (techy and boring, but it's all to do with screen refresh rates).

If you're planning to use the 360 on a standard telly, the AV cables you get with either the core, or premium system, won't do it justice.

For best performance, you should get yourself the official microsoft scart cable, which carries and RGB (red, green, blue) signal. This will give you a gorgeous picture - the best you can get on a standard TV. Trust me, the picture still looks amazing and, although Hi-Def is better, you'll still be beaming.

If you still crave Hi-Def, you can always hook your 360 up to a computer monitor with the official VGA cable. However, I really wouldn't be too fussed if your TV is 28' inches or lower.

Thanks for the memory?

Well, if you plan to connect up to xbox live, then a hard drive is the best option, as you'll be able to upload your gamer profile and download updates for your console (they do this a lot; very handy, although game-specific updates, apart from those designed to fix bugs, usually cost "microsoft points", which you can pick up at Virgin or HMV). Xbox live is top banana - especially if you play co-op with friends!

If you're not venturing online, then a memory card will work just dandy and will save a lot of game data (achievements, settings, etc.).

Hope the above helps! :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for MS Second Attempt! 24 Jan. 2006
I have had an Xbox360 since release day. Initially I managed to get a core system through a friend but just before Christmas I got luck when I walked in Game and they had just got 1 in stock 5 mins before. I purchased this as I needed the HiDef cable (Im lucky enough to use a hidef 42" plasma) and wanted to play my old xbox games (Halo2 mainly!).

Since using the premium I have found it to freeze a lot more on xb live, especially when in a lobby area. I have found this with several games, namely PGR3, Quake 4 and Call of Duty2. As yet is hasn't froozen while playing Perfect Dark so maybe in a few updates it will be fine!

The core system should be adequate for most people and I think I actually prefer the plain white fascia of a core! If you are going to play original xbox games, want hidef and are going to store lots of info on the hard drive, fine go for a premium but if you just want to play games, have an ipod you can plug in the front for music and dont have a hidef tv then core should be ok (as previously mentioned you will need a memory card though). Also the core system controller can be used on a PC which is a bonus (quite liked having a decent controller on my PC for a change and Im going to buy another wired controller now!)

The actual console is very good but not perfect. Its not overly quiet with the fans and drive producing a fair bit of noise but once a game is loaded I have never noticed it, secondly the intial launch titles, although good are not superb. Sure the graphics are great and sound excellent but that is expected with a new console and so much power. But in all fairness how many consoles have a great lineup on launch? (People will now say Halo on Xbox and yes that was a good game but it was unexpected and unheard of).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant if You Get a Good One 16 July 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Had the original XBOX, never had a PS2 so it was inevitable that I'd get a 360. I purchased mine at launch, and although I wasn't impressed with the quality of the launch games my opinion soon changed when the big guns arrived like Gears of War.

The graphics on the console are stunning, the detail as never been so intense and real. Gears of War, Call of Duty 3 and Fight Night Round 3 represent some of the best games visually and also in terms of gameplay. Obviously with the added bonus of high definition gaming it adds to detail, which offers almost surreal picture quality, although 720p is superior to 1080i simply beacause it's progressive and therefore offers smoother gameplay.

The 360 dashboard offers many feature you won't be finding on the PS3 such as connection to Windows Messenger to chat to your friends on their home computers and also built in Windows Media Center. Media Center allows you to get video, photo and sounds from all computers in your home and stream them to you TV. Above all the dashboard is very easy to use and navigate allowing you to access videos, images and music stored on the hard drive and browse files up for download on the web.

The controller differs only slightly from the original XBOX, which are larger than the PS3 ones but in my opinion it makes them more comfortable and easy to use.

I would have given the console a 5 but I've had a few technical issues with it. Not as many as other people thankfully. My system very rarely locks up but every now and again I do get the classic "Dirty Disc Error", not yet had the red ring of death (thank god)! My 360 does get roastin just like many have pointed out, and yes it's true you can pritty much fry an egg on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
came quickly , just what he wanted
Published 2 months ago by shirley davies
4.0 out of 5 stars very good fast delivery
I thought this would come with a harddrive but it
Never maybe it said in in the description and i disnt see it other than that it was packed brilliantly the delivery was quick... Read more
Published 11 months ago by toni
1.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft... you offend me!
How do they dare sell this?! I spent a ludicrous amount of money on this piece of junk! Microsoft claim that this is value for money! NO! simply no! Read more
Published on 25 Jan. 2008 by Frank-Lee Shankly
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic, cheap, but functional!
The core system is exactly what it is, a core system, enough to get you going, you have to bear in mind that the hardware is very expensive stuff, and they have to fight against... Read more
Published on 27 Nov. 2007 by darkrider
2.0 out of 5 stars avoided
when the xbox 360 works it is awesome, the choice of games is excellent, however.....a word of warning regarding that they run hot and eventually die. Read more
Published on 5 Nov. 2007 by D. Dewar
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic starter pack
Let me start by saying how amazing the games and the graphics look on this console. On my HD tv the picture is why I give 2 stars. Read more
Published on 17 Sept. 2007 by S. Stratton
3.0 out of 5 stars fun and disappointment
Well the xbox 360 core and premium are awesome machines and for a time they do work well.But when you have 3 flashing lights - hardware failure it is disappointing. Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2007 by Tommy Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars broken
just as i was about to play rainbow 6 the three red lights appeared on my xbox and now i must call customer support aand hope they will fix or replace it and also when i took the... Read more
Published on 24 Aug. 2007 by Ms. L. Buton
2.0 out of 5 stars It just runs to damn hot!!!
Ive waited nearly a year to write my review on xbox 360 and now Im gonna have to base it on the fact that mine just died! Yes the red ring of death has occured. Read more
Published on 19 May 2007 by Scott Bounds
2.0 out of 5 stars Great system, Zero reliability!
I bought one of these systems for launch, and although the launch games were nothing special was impressed with the unit itself. Read more
Published on 25 April 2007 by Joseph George Leslie Boulter
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