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This Microsoft Xbox 360 (often referred to as the 'slim' version) , launched on June of 2010 in North America.

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Pros

much quieter next to the previous design and all of its minor revisions

10 agree

built-in WiFi (802.11N)

9 agree

17% smaller than the previous generation unit

7 agree

power brick size has been halfed

7 agree

new Valhalla chipset based on the latest 45nm process - uses less power, and is thus cooler and quieter (easier to cool)

7 agree

5 USB ports - up from 3 on the original

6 agree

spacious 250GB hard drive

6 agree

Kinect port

6 agree

somewhat quieter than original Xbox 360

4 agree

You can use up to two USB thumb drives instead of a proprietary hard drive (16 GB max each though)

3 agree

Easy to transfer content from one Xbox to another (including DRM stuff)

2 agree
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Cons

still no Blu-ray capabilities

8 agree

one time use data transfer cable must be purchased separately - costs $15

7 agree

proprietary drive enclosure means upgrades or replacements have to be purchased through Microsoft

6 agree

glossy enclosure - magnet for fingerprints

5 agree

Still uses an expensive, bulky and hot external power brick.

4 agree

incompatible with previous generation custom faceplates

4 agree

ditches the matte enclosure for a cheap, ugly, glossy fingerprint magnet

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Capacitive Touch eject button is nearly invisible, yet far too easy to press. Dont every try to dust the unit when it's on or you'll eject whatever is in the drive.

2 agree

Simply removed the red ring instead of fixing the actual problem that caused the RRoD.

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250 GB is tiny compared to the 1 TB laptop hard drives you can get for less than Microsoft's upgrade.

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This Microsoft Xbox 360 (often referred to as the 'slim' version), launched on June of 2010 in North America, is an upgraded version of the original 360 with a smaller form factor. It sports an upgraded 45nm chipset, integrated 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi, five USB ports, and 250GB of removable storage by way of proprietary hard drive (not compatible with original 360 drives). Additionally, this 360 features a custom Kinect port on the back and an internal power supply.

The 'slim' 360's more efficient 45nm chipset allows for cooler operating temperatures and a much quieter operating volume than the classic 360 by way of one large fan rather than two. Its integrated 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi card ensures that no external WiFi adapter will be needed while its custom Kinect port allows for an easy installation of the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral. Also, the 'slim' 360's slimmer form factor allows for easier storage, especially due to its internal power supply.

Features
  • Slimmer form factor
  • 45nm chipset allows for cooler operation
  • Integrated 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi
  • 5 USB ports
  • 250GB hard drive
  • Rear port for direct Kinect connectivity
  • Internal power supply
Post Review
Omar
04/14/2011 12:26

Nice! The update to the Netflix app on the #microsoft_xbox_360 just got released that allows for #microsoft_kinect motion navigation! Unfortunately early reports say that the navigation is pretty limited to a "smart recommendation/instant queue hub" Meaning you can't navigate around the entire Netflix interface and search and all of that using Kinect. You can also control movie playback with Kinect which includes voice control.

Erik
03/05/2011 08:29

Just picked up a new slim Xbox 360 to replace my previous generation version (that @Omar and I won back in 2005 in a Doritos contest). The reason for the upgrade was to reduce the jet engine noise that was my console; instead it's now only slightly louder than my Acer Revo nettop.

The built-in Wifi, HDMI, and extra USB ports are also nice, especially when you couple it with an inexpensive 16 GB thumb drive (or two).

It seems that the designers got this right when it comes to ventilation. It is almost completely open to the air on top and the sides for the air to flow freely.

ScottP

ScottP

03/06/2011 03:15

I made the same upgrade this week as well. My original Xbox that I purchased in 2005 decided to stop working last week and It was out of warranty. The difference is amazing and obviously the first think I noticed was how much quieter it was than my previous one. A serious improvement indeed.

Omar
12/10/2010 12:26

November 2010 NPD results are in (http://bit.ly/hxmV8F). Looks like #microsoft_xbox_360 is the big winner. Most likely boosted by #microsoft_kinect and #call_of_duty_black_ops it sold 1.37 million units which is the biggest November its ever had. Considering we're in the 5th year of the 360's life, that's pretty darn impressive.

#nintendo_wii did really well too, coming in at 1.27 million units. This bucks the trend that the Wii has been suffering from up until now where it was seeing massive year over year declines. If the Wii sees another big bump in december like in 2009, then it'll actually do really well for the year.

#sony_playstation_3_slim selling 530,000 is pretty sad. Particularly when #gran_turismo_5 comes out in the same month. Not sure what Sony can do at this point... focusing on Europe is probably the best strategy since the US is pretty much hopeless at this point.

And holy crap wow at Call of Duty!! In one month it has become the 7th best selling game of all time. That's crazy. I wonder if next year's installment will sell even more - it seems crazy that it can. But at the same time it seemed crazy that Black Ops would sell more than Modern Warfare 2, so who knows!

Lefty
12/01/2010 05:33
#microsoft_xbox_360 TV service in the near future? that's definitely something i can get behind! http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/29/microsoft-in-talks-to-start-new-tv-service-using-the-360/
Omar
12/01/2010 04:01

Wow! In Canada for TD Canada Trust credit card holders they're holding a sale on December 3rd for the #microsoft_xbox_360 #microsoft_kinect 4GB bundle. It's usually $300, and they're selling it for $150, which is the same price as Kinect on its own! It's like getting a 360 for free.

here are the details
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/td-rewards-mall-xbox-360-4gb-kinect-bundle-149-99-dec-03-super-hot-deal-957816/

Erik

Erik

12/01/2010 04:13

It seems that you aren't guaranteed the deal, but you get a chance to "win the right to purchase" the Xbox. Odds of winning are unknown and depend on the number of entries.

Omar

Omar

12/01/2010 04:14

Yup. I actually like this system, since with a mega-hot deal like this the store's servers usually crash and it's essentially a lottery anyway. At least this way you don't have to sit in front of your computer pressing F5 for 10 minutes.

Erik

Erik

12/02/2010 01:37

True. I'm going to give it a shot (or two). I'll let you know how it goes.

Erik

Erik

12/03/2010 10:42

Giving it a shot now...

Erik

Erik

12/03/2010 11:15

Can't get in. They won't send me the required confirmation email. Odds are very low

Omar
12/01/2010 11:00

Here's a question for the peoples. I recently upgraded my #microsoft_xbox_360 to the new "S" model. I got the 250GB sku so I needed to transfer the information on my old 360's hard drive to the new one. The answer to this is Microsoft's Xbox 360 Hard Drive transfer kit. Which costs $30. Which I bought and successfully used.

Now here's the question. This thing is 1 time use. I no longer need it. I made sure to be careful with the packaging and such, so what's wrong with me just returning it to the store?

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/01/2010 11:39

While the $30 price tag somewhat questionable, it's literally the price you pay for using proprietary hardware. It's really more of a moral question in my opinion.

Omar

Omar

12/01/2010 11:47

Well that's what I'm saying. Is it bad in a moral sense to return the item?

Omar
11/23/2010 03:17

Deal alert! until November 25th, Futureshop has the #microsoft_xbox_360 holiday bundle on sale for $250 and it even comes with 2 extra games! This is actually a really really good deal. This special is not only $50 cheaper than the standard 250GB bundle, but also comes with 4 games!

Though most stores are now carrying the "holiday bundle" which includes 2 games - but this is still a great deal over the regular holiday bundle. If you were in the market for the 250GB #microsoft_kinect bundle it makes a lot more to buy this bundle and then pickup the standalone Kinect unit for $150. Reason being is that the overall price is the same $400 - except with this setup you get 4 extra games, and you get the external power supply with Kinect which costs $30 on its own.

The Kinect power supply is good for taking the Kinect sensor to friends and family's houses that don't have the Xbox 360 slim.

Omar

Omar

11/23/2010 05:26

bump :)

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/23/2010 10:40

Good point about the power supply. I was thinking about upgrading my xbox and getting a kinect bundle, but instead I think I'll go for the standalone.

Omar
11/05/2010 11:49

I'm calling it now. The #microsoft_xbox_360 is going to be the best selling console in North America for the next two years. Reading all of the impressions of #microsoft_kinect is showing the same thing that happened with the Wii. Enthusiast press didn't "get" it but when regular people got it into their homes they had a blast. That's exactly what's happening with kinect.

So you then combine that post-Wii hype with all the solid fundamentals the 360 already has and you have an incredibly powerful combination. Other than Nintendo games I don't see any reason to buy a Wii anymore. And unless you need blu-Ray or Sony games then I don't see a reason to get a PS3.

Considering the 360 was already the number one console for the past four months Kinect is going to make sure they have an incredible holiday.

What's particularly exciting to me about all of this is that:
1) kinect games are going to get a lot better. Developers didn't have solid technology until the past couple of months so their games were made in a stupidly hard situation and under strict time constraints. With more mature tech and time to make games properly the 2nd and 3rd wave kinect games have the potential to be great

2) combine this with the fact that xbox 369 has a ridiculously hardcore audience that loves to buy games. What this means is that unlike the Wii publishers actually have a chance to sell their game so they may be more willing to develop "core" kinect games

3) Microsofts strong online capabilities. Wii is absolutely horrible in this regard and kinect is already completely outclassing the competition when it comes to online. Kinect.me is genius and stuff like that is only going to get better.

So remember that infamous article of mine where I said the Wii won't sell? Well people can now take this new prediction to the bank. Kinect is going to do gangbusters.

Omar

Omar

11/06/2010 09:09

Bump

Erik

Erik

11/06/2010 12:34

While I don't know the specific sales numbers to agree with you or not on that basis, I do agree with your overall sentiment. I think Xbox 360 now has the most broad appeal. If you were to draw a Venn diagram of these products strengths, you'd have the Wii on the left, PS3 on the right (almost not overlapping), and the Xbox 360 strongly in the center with a lot of overlap.

Xbox 360/Kinect is perfect for someone like me. I like to more hardcore video games, and I also have a family with a young boy. Why do I need to buy 2 or more consoles when the 360 meets all my demands perfectly?

So what are the current sales numbers? What about launch-day Kinect sales?

Omar

Omar

11/06/2010 02:59

Nobdoy has hard numbers right now. My guess is that MS will wait until Monday and give weekend figures. If not we'll have to wait until early December when NPD releases November's sales data. Two big questions on my mind are just how big will it get and how will the other two consoles be affected? My guess is that Wii will be hit harder.

Omar
10/31/2010 01:03

There's a new #microsoft_xbox_360 dashboard update coming tomorrow (Nov 1st) and it's going to a bunch of nice little new tweaks and such, alongside #microsoft_kinect support. I've been part of the beta for a few weeks now and overall I have to say it's a really nice update. Outside of Kinect the biggest upgrades in my opinion are:

- Netflix integration. sure the selection is pretty poor, but it's still pretty damn sweet for only $8/month
- Sign out other controllers. it's a small thing but it happens to me SO often that it's quite annoying
- MSN videos. This is actually pretty cool, you can watch clips from CBC, MTV, and some other "meme" type videos right from the dashboard. It's obviously not YouTube, but hopefully it's a start of cooler/better things to come.

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