Why not try the Xbox 360 Arcade?
As the Xbox 360 Core Console will soon be retiring, why not try the Xbox 360 Arcade Console instead? At a new lower price with five free arcade games and a wireless controller included, it's a great way to bring the power of Xbox to your home this Christmas.
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Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)
- 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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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 doesnt 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.
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, 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.
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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I've hooked it up into my home Network, used it to stream photos from an upstairs PC and fed movies through it onto my TV from a Media Centre PC.
The downloads and X Box Live just add another layer of free stuff and the wireless controllers rock. Who needs PS3...
Oh and the gaming is pretty good too!
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). The console has lots of potential and should please most people.
The best part of the experience is XBox Live. Playing against real people in all the games brings everything to a much higher level. I dont play single player anymore as its so boring. People say quake is ok but in multiplayer its great (in many respects it outperforms Halo2 online as I suffer hardly any lag in the UK). Get a group of friends together and start up PGR3 and it takes the game to a new level (although playing against unknown people isnt as good as you end up racing with only the Ferrari F50 wheras when with friends everyone uses the same car which changes all the time is so much fun.
All in all a good console and with it being first off the mark should be well established when the PS3 is released and give it a run for its money (especially as Sony announced recently they are leaving online support down to developers which will cause problems and inconsistency) (but I would like to point out I am not loyal to any particular console and own a PSP (which I dont rate that highly), a PS2, and an original Xbox (as well as a lot older consoles!)
As an update to this review, having played the console a lot more, its true potential is slowly appearing. Only now can I say there are dedicated next gen titles that rely on the power of the console (dead rising, test drive unlimited just for starters), the original glitches I mentioned with live freezing have now been resolved and everything is working great and only getting better. Plus the upcoming exclusive next gen launches of Pro Evo and Fifa and the 360 is really setting the benchmarks that sony will find difficult to beat for originallity (I will admit I will probably at some point buy a PS3 but after owning the 360, there is no way I am going to rush out and get one as I cant see it having a perfect rival to xb live, being release with unoriginal games, and be a decent price (plus everyone stats how great the PS3 will be as it has a blue ray drive but I hate to point out that blueray has a rival and the modern betamax vhs war is only just starting!).
In conclusion now, I think the 360 has a great future as does the nintendo wii but as for the PS3, this generations Sega Saturn anyone!!!
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