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Needed The Redo!,
This review is from: Xbox 360 250GB Console (Video Game)
As a 360 owner who wouldn't touch any of the old models with a barge pole after suffering RRoD after only 11 months and subsequent 360's failing for as little as breathing on the console as it were, I have to commend Microsoft on their remake of the 360 - it was sorely needed and I can't put enough emphasis on that, but they've done a terrific job I must say. And in the interest of fairness this is coming from someone who much prefers PS3.
So then these new 360's can no longer get RRoD. Or at least they can no longer readout that way. Crucially though there's lots of slits on top of and on either side of these new 360's to let hot air escape, better out than in! Also these new 360's are supposed to have a fail-safe feature whereby if they get too hot inside then it'll auto shutdown your console to avoid cooking itself. Both brilliant features!
There's also wi-fi now. Good stuff.
I have to say I love the look and feel of the new design. It's very modern and very sleek. Looks better than the PS3 Slim by miles in my opinion. And I love the ping noises that the console makes every time you turn it on and off - reminds me of the old Super Mario games on the SNES when you'd boot them up!
These new 360's seem to run a hell of a lot quieter than any of the old models. The old models used to sound like a jet engine in the room, but these new Slim's are pretty quiet, but a hell of a lot quieter than the older models.
Xbox Live side of things is a bit of a money pit to be honest, Microsoft look to charge you wherever possible for features that are technically free elsewhere, BUT, the service you gain on Microsoft's system is second to none in my opinion in terms of efficiency and usability. Netflix HD content is a great example of this. Try it on 360 if you have XBL Gold and then try it on PS3 if you have one and you should see what I mean. Same thing with demo downloads too, super quick on 360 yet for some reason slow as hell elsewhere.
Games wise, most look and run better on 360, just does. In terms of exclusive games there's a great many I much prefer on PS3 and quite a few on 360 that I dislike but there are some 360 exclusives that I do enjoy which is good because in my opinion consoles live or die based on their exclusive content.
Overall the 360 Slim is a huge success in my opinion as a disgruntled 360 gamer that was forced to 'the other side' as it were. I still much prefer the PS3 as pound for pound it's the better console in my opinion, but take nothing away from the 360 Slim as it's an excellent machine in it's own right especially now that it's corrected it's major design flaws.