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★★★☆☆

“When considering a console just before christmas, I...”

Written on: 29/12/2008 by Knight80 (3 reviews written)

Good Points
Amazing graphics
Online capacity
Cheap price
Wireless aspect

Bad Points
Reliability
Bulkiness
Cost of extra accessories
Extra charge for Xbox Live

General Comments
When considering a console just before christmas, I had a choice between going for either the 360, playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii. In the end I decided against the last two as the ps3 is twice the money of the 360 and also people I have spoken to say that the games haven't really reached their full potential for it yet. The Wii is something a bit different in terms of consoles but from what I could see the Wii is aimed more at a family market with games being played between friends in the same room. Also it seems to be aimed more at a female market.



Anyway, I decided to opt for the 360 as for £130 I got the Arcade console plus two games. Also for an extra £10 I got a re-chargeable battery pack (which is very useful as otherwise you'll get through normal AA type batteries pretty quick).

Whilst I had head about the 'red ring of death' problem with these consoles, I had researched online and found that the later 360's (allegedly) are now much improved and have a new gel in them to prevent overheating.

The first time I played on the 360 though after 5 mins into the game it would cut out and two red lights would appear on the console. For a brand new product I found this to be very disappointing.

The replacement console I got so far does appear to work ok, although the fan noise from the console does seem quite loud. When playing a game where there is a cut scene such as in Grand theft auto 4 the noise can get pretty irritating as you have to really turn the volume up to hear what the characters are saying.

With regards to internet capability I have yet to find out how good this is as there seems to be connection problems with the ethernet cable I am using. There is also the option of buying a wireless adapter but these, to me, seem fairly pricey at £40 plus (the cheapest I have seen them is on Amazon for about £42!). Why the wireless adapter couldn't have been built into the unit itself is beyond me and I kinda wonder if it is so you spend another