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Xbox 360E Review!
on 27 March 2014
This is the latest Xbox 360 and will be last design before it starts to be removed from sale over the next year or two. It follows the new Xbox One style with half of it being matt and the other being high gloss black and i must say it looks very good.
On the front of the console you get the tray loading dvd drive, on/off button and eject button (they are physical buttons and not touch capacitive). You get a binding button for linking the console to the wireless controller and a small panel, behind which are two USB 2.0 ports where you can plug a headset or plug a wired controller in. In the box besides the actual console you get the power brick, chat headset communicator (for talking to people over xbox live), AV composite cable, 1 x wireless controller (including batteries). You also get a 30 trial of Xbox Live Gold membership.
The actual console is virtually silent when in operation, the only noise it makes is from the disk drive when it loads up initially. While gaming it makes no noise and the operating system is a joy to use, with it being very fast and easy to navigate. The controller is a standard wireless controller in matching black but is very comfortable to use over long gaming periods. Now while this console does work using HDMI it only comes supplied with a Composite cable so i recommend you purchase a cheap HDMI cable as that will not only improve the graphics output on your tv but it will integrate the Xbox with your tv meaning the tv should switch channels automatically when the xbox is turned on.
Pros: 250GB hard drive is more than big enough * includes everything you need to start gaming * love the new design * very small compared to the original xbox 360 * best games library of this generation
Cons: They've removed the SPDIF/optical audio port meaning those high gaming headsets won't work * high gloss black is a fingerprint magnet
Verdict: You can't deny the price is a fair one for what is on offer. This is the latest and last Xbox 360 on the market meaning they won't be designing a new one after this. Don't let that put you off as Microsoft has said they fully intend to continue software support for many years to come. Added to this there are many new games coming to the console over the coming months and years so the 360 has a bright future looking forward. The price is about right for what's on offer and the games library available means you'll never get bored.
A great gaming package and still to this day the best console currently available especially at this price!.