The New XBox 360 Review
by Herman Reed
An Xbox console (both “original” and 360) has been my gaming companion for the past few years, ever since I finally threw my gaming PC out the window in frustration.
…Well, not literally as my wife and kids still needed to do stuff on it, but you get the idea.
I had so many technical issues trying to get games to run on the PC, that I was spending more time tweaking settings than I was actually playing.
Read on to find out how the Xbox saved me from all that.
Xbox “Just Works”
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Why is he reviewing a console that is on its way out?”
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a lot of life in the old dog yet.
When I bought my first Xbox, I plugged it all in to the TV, pressed the button to open the DVD tray, slotted in my first game disk, pressed the button again and grabbed the controller.
I watched with bated breath as the machine chuntered for a few seconds and would you believe it, the game burst into life.
No stress, no fuss and definitely no muss.
Occasionally, I put the disk in and see a prompt to download the latest update.
I simply say “yes” and a minute or so later, I’m back to playing again.
As one of Microsoft’s competitors is fond of saying, “it just works”.
And it’s been like that ever since: I put a game in the disk drive and a few seconds later I’m away in whatever fantasy (or science fiction) land I want to be in.
When I finish the session I take the disk out, switch the machine off and go to bed – trying not to wake up my wife.
I moved over to the 360 and later bought a Kinect sensor and that too has been a good experience from day one.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing though: I once got the infamous “red ring of death”, indicating a hardware fault on my early model of the console, but one phone call to Microsoft and it was all sorted (Microsoft had extended the warranty automatically due to the number of people experiencing the problem at the time – newer models don’t have that issue).
I just had to wait a few days for it to come back through the post, but once it arrived, I was back to untroubled gaming again – much better than my PC woes.
There has been the odd time where a game has frozen on me in the middle of playing, but that was due to the game developers being sloppy with their code, not the fault of the hardware.
My point is that the Xbox 360 is a gaming workhorse and while there is a newer, more shiny machine available in the form of the Xbox One, it will take them a while to iron out the kinks.
The majority of new releases over the next year or so will be made for both the One and the 360, so the only real difference will be the resolution of the graphics.
All that makes the Xbox 360 the ideal machine to pickup if you’re new to gaming or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about without paying a premium price tag.
Maybe I’ll move on to the One at some point in the future, or maybe, I’ll even defect to the “other side”…
In the meantime, I’m happy for others to be Microsoft’s Xbox One Beta testers, while I enjoy picking up cheap games for the 360.
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