The gaming error in me has been awakened with the arrival of Xbox 360, my wife got this console as a prize from a campaign that her campaign team won at the office, I always used to skip the purchase of my favorite games on my PC from the game settings. It keeps going up every time, and I find it useless to keep updating my PC’s RAM, processor, and graphics card just to play games, so Xbox 360 was a blessing to me.
What’s in the box: Xbox 360 Pro console contains Xbox 360 console, brick charger, HD component AV cable, Ethernet cable, gaming headset, multimedia remote, wireless controller, 20GB hard drive, manuals, warranty card, alkaline batteries for remote and wireless controller, I also received two free games along with the console, Viva Pinata and Forza Motor racing 2.
Console details: The Xbox 360 pro console is elegant and can be placed horizontally or vertically, it has a white look and a chrome finish on the sides, on the front panel it has a disc loading tray and two memory drive slots (sold separately), a slot that has 2 USB ports, on the back it has a power connection slot, an Ethernet port, an additional USB port, a HD AV cable connectivity port, a digital output port (used for digital audio cable).
Setup: I have a Philips 32TA800 LCD TV that is HD ready, setting up the console is easy and I connected the Component HD AV cable to my TV’s composite video ports, connected the audio output to my Artis S6600 5.1 speakers , I set my TV screen to 1080i (1920 X 1080 resolution = 2,073,600 pixels), then I set the cable option to HDTV mode (it also has TV mode to play games on normal TVs), I started setting my console after turning it on, I created my gamer tag (game profile), the gaming experience was ‘AWESOME’.
Console Navigation: The Xbox console has a really cool dashboard that can be customized in terms of colors and you can even keep your favorite images in the background of the dashboard. It had 5 board sheets, Market place, Xbox Live, Games, Media, and System. These board options are easy to access, it would not take much effort to navigate through them, you also have an option to configure family settings for games in case you have a child at home and you would not like your child to play certain genres of games.
Console performance: I started playing all 6 game titles that I have with me (Viva Pinata, Forza Motorsport racing 2, WWE RAW Vs Smackdown 2008, Army of Two, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Halo 3), the clarity of the game in the mode HD is ‘Amazing’, I checked the visual quality in normal TV mode, where the video quality takes a slight impact, it can still be played in case one does not have an HDTV or HD TV ready. I did not experience any in-game lag during gameplay and the graphics delivered by the console are top-notch and flawless, playing with the wireless controller is fun, you only need to pair the wireless controller once with the console and the controller buttons and joysticks. They are easy to use, you will not end up giving your fingers once you are done playing, with great visual and audio clarity, the game becomes immersive, you can also play your own background soundtrack while playing, this function is based on games.
Beyond gaming: Xbox 360 pro not only gaming, you have Windows Media Center connectivity option to connect your Windows based PC to Xbox, you can dump your existing DVD player as you can watch your favorite movies on Xbox, with the latest software update. for Xbox you can also watch DivX files on Xbox, it also allows mp3 playback and movie playback from USB devices, surprisingly it would not play a VCD, you can connect your mp3 player or Ipod, digital camera to play music or view photos on Xbox , it also provides the option to copy songs in case you want to load tracks to Xbox hard drive from music CD, with the multimedia remote control you can operate multimedia functions easily and even record live TV in case your PC is equipped with a TV tuner card is connected to a decoder.
Xbox Live Service: Microsoft offers free silver membership to the online service for Xbox 360 called Xbox Live, I connected to this service by connecting the console to my laptop sharing my wi-fi connection through my router in my other room, I got 1 month Xbox Live Service Trial Gold Membership, this feature allows you to see new game trailers, download game demos and participate in live game events, download Xbox arcade games, you can also share your gamer achievement score that you follow scoring in different games as you do so unlocks various challenges in one game.
Support and Warranty: The Xbox 360 console has been criticized for being a noisy console, quickly heating up, and the most famous RRoD (red ring of death) issue that most consoles have reported encountering, but I have observed that my console has no issues regarding overheating or being too loud as I have played games in a row for 4-5 hours, in terms of warranty, Microsoft offers 3 year warranty against RRoD issue with console replacement and 1 one year warranty for other problems. You can be a part of the bustling Xbox forums on the Xbox website, which offer plenty of tips and tricks for playing member games around the world and other Xbox discussion topics.
Why Xbox ?: It is very difficult to choose between the two major game consoles Xbox 360 and PS3, Nitendo Wii has not yet officially launched in India, is available on the gray market, PS3 is slowly gaining popularity and has fewer titles from games from now on. which cost mostly close to $ 3,000 and up, while Xbox 360 has an impressive line of game titles with backward-playing compatibility of some Xbox games, aside from a Windows-based PC being bound to connect seamlessly. With Xbox compared to a PS3, both PS3 and Xbox 360 have their pros and cons, but I’m happy with the performance of the Xbox, which combines the features of a gaming and entertainment device. In India, Xbox 360 games are available in a range of Rs 999 to Rs 2510.
Why game consoles: We all like to play games and spend money on a PC to upgrade the graphics card, memory and storage turns out to be an expensive affair that is not always affordable, Sony PS2 is the best selling console to date and it is still alive and well with a huge library of game titles and new games still being produced for this console, it also happens to be the biggest sold console in India so consoles can gain the upper hand due to the long lifespan they enjoy, the flip side of console games is expensive game titles, unlike cheaper PC games and pirated game CDs available for PC, Sony PS2 gained popularity in India because PS2 has a lot of pirated games and this console has been broken a long time ago, while Xbox 360 has also been pirated, hardware has to be modified, but voids warranty, PS3 is not yet It’s broken (I personally wouldn’t recommend hacking your console to play pirated games), so with game consoles extending their capabilities to become a full multimedia device, it makes sense to invest in a game console.