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The New XBOX 360

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I am a moderate gamer who is addicted to new gadgets and I am okay with this. My wife on the other hand, not so much. I have the 3 major gaming consoles (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii) and I play them regularly, at night once everyone’s in bed….DON’T JUDGE ME!!

In comes the new XBOX 360! The games and the software are still the same, however the hardware has been updated to include a new hard drive (250GB), built in WiFi (802.11n) and a slimmed down body. Here I am with a perfectly good XBOX 360 and considering the purchase of the new console. Wait…Let me re-phrase. Here I am throwing down some hard earned cash to buy the new XBOX 360. It’s a nice new shiny console that Microsoft has promised will not crap out on you and is much quieter.

I have had the console for a few weeks now and I have to say, first, it’s really nice! The design is very eye catching, it is significantly quieter and does not get so hot that I don’t have to turn on the heat in the winter. The one thing I did notice is that when purchasing the new console, that there is a short supply of them. I went into a GameStop store to purchase the console, in tote I had my 6 year-old son. He had some Nintendo DS games he wanted to get rid of for a new game, so he was trading them in and I would foot the bill.

I’m on line with the game my son wants to purchase, now mind you I am about 8 people back, seems like I’m not the only 30 something gamer out there. As we move up the line, I hear a few lads jabbering about the new console. One of the lads says in a frustrated tone, “I went to 4 Best Buys and they didn’t have any at all”, another says “I went to a WalMart, Target and 3 other GameStops, no dice”. So, right about now, I’m thinking that I’m screwed. Great!!!

So as the line keeps moving, the 3 guys who were on the XBOX treasure hunt finally get to the register and say, “Please, if you have a heart you will answer, YES to the following question. Do you have the 250GB XBOX in stock?”. The store clerk states at the 3 guys and says, “Are you kidding?” and before the clerk finishes his statement, the 3 guys all say, “What the fuck!”. Needless to say all the people in the store begin laughing. After the laughter, the clerk says to the lads, “Please don’t curse, this is a family store!. Now, I do have the XBOX in stock, however your profanity has offended me so I am refusing to sell it to you.” The 3 guys are literally speechless and a silence comes over the store for approximately 10 seconds. The clerk then says to the 3 guys, “I’m just fucking with you”.

I know this is a bit of a side track, but I thought this was quite comical!! After the transaction of the 3 guys in front of me, I come up to bat and I tell the clerk, “I just wanted you to know that I feel your conversation with the 3 guys ahead of me was completely unprofessional and to top it off I have a 6 year old son who was just subjected to profanity from a store employee.” The clerk looks at me and begins apologizing profusely and I say to him, “I’m just messing with you. I would have said the “F” word, but he really is only 6″

Well, after all that excitement, I purchase my XBOX and my son’s Nintendo DS game.

So, I get home and unbox it and this thing is good! Very small and sleek. I was disappointed that there was no bundled HDMI cable. $299 and no HD out of the box? Well, I did have the HDMI cable from my old XBOX. Everything is now plugged in. I turn it on and it works just like my old one. I fully know that this new console will have the same content as the old, but I was still expecting something more, why, I have no idea!

The new XBOX really is whisper quiet, the DVD drive does not make much noise and if you install the game on the hard drive, you can barely hear the console at all. GOOD JOB MICROSOFT!! The wifi was quick and easy to setup, the transfer of content from one hard drive to the next was also pretty seamless. You will need to purchase the transfer cable to move your content. Even the wireless controller worked as soon as I put batteries in it, no need to connect it to the console.

There is no speed difference when it comes to games loading and there are no performance enhancements. This is simply a hardware update all around. If you have a current XBOX, there really isn’t a need to upgrade, however, if you are a gadget junky, feel free to purchase!

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Dissapointed in the PS3!

March 5, 2008 1 comment

 

Ever since Warner Bros. went strictly Blu-Ray I knew that HD DVD’s days were numbered, so I ventured out and purchased a PS3. The PS3 was to be used mainly for watching Blu-Ray movies with the added bonus of a gaming system. I’ve had it for 2 months now and there is not one game being released that I have to have.

I also have an XBOX 360 and so do most of my friends, so I don’t have a need to buy games for the PS3.

So now I plead to SONY, please, please make some cool games!! I”ll be patiently waiting.

XBOX 360 vs. PS3

January 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I am fortunate enough to have a PS3 and an XBOX 360. So I just wanted to compare the 2 in case anyone was on the fence.

So…Let’s begin.

XBOX 360 (Core)

Build:

The XBOX is built fairly well. The outer shell is basically plastic and feels a little flimsy. It has 2 USB ports in the front of the console that are for the wired controllers, you can also use it to plug in other devices like an MP3 player. The DVD-ROM tray is your standard Media reader. On the back of the XBOX you will find a power input, Ethernet port, a USB port, and HDMI port (The HDMI port is on newer XBOX models) and proprietary video port. The power supply is not built into the XBOX360, it’s packaged with a power brick and this thing is huge and heavy.The XBOX controllers are built very well and they are sturdy. The Wireless controllers are also built very well and have a rechargeable battery.

Pros:

  • Price – starts @ $279.99
  • Ease of setup
  • Great Graphics (provides 1080p resolution with HDMI port or RGB)
  • XBOX Live – The service and available options are second to none
  • Controllers – both wired and wireless, they feel good in your hand
  • Game library – new games and backwards compatible with original xbox games
  • Accessories can be charged when the XBOX is turned off
  • External Hard Drive – 120GB Hard Drive is available
  • HD DVD player is an accessory ( May not matter in about a year)

Cons:

  • Price – the Elite version is $479.99
  • No built in WiFi – costs $99 if you want the wireless adapter
  • Noise – It’s very loud
  • Heat – It gets hot after only an hour
  • XBOX Live costs $50 per year (This price needs to be lowered)
  • Power Brick
  • Red Ring of Death issues (Microsoft did the right thing and extended the warranty for 3 years to fix theses issues)
  • HD-DVD (I like the format, the movies look great, but it looks like BLU Ray has deeper pockets)
  • Accessories are expensive ( Controllers are $50, Wireless headset is $50, 120GB HD is $180, etc)

Playstation 3 (40GB Version)

Build:

The PS3 is built very well. It’s solid and sturdy. It’s plastic too, but it just feels like it’s not going to break. On the front of the PS3 there are 2 USB ports and a slot loading Blu-Ray ROM. The Power and disc eject buttons are touch sensitive. On the back of the PS 3 there is an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet port, proprietary video port, Power cord port and Optical Audio Out. It has built in Bluetooth and WiFi. The wireless controller feels a bit flimsy, it does not have a rechargeable battery. The controller connects to the PS3 via BlueTooth.

Pros:

  • Excellent build
  • Great Graphics (supports 1080p resolution)
  • Playstation Network (Online Gaming is free)
  • Fast – Game play seems faster then on the XBOX
  • Price – $399 is a bargain for this
  • Built in Wifi & Bluetooth (didn’t have to spend $99 on an additional accessory)
  • Uses any Bluetooth headset for online gaming
  • Blu-Ray player
  • QUIET – you barely know it’s on
  • Setup
  • SIXAXIS controller is very cool
  • Controller battery life

Cons:

  • Game library – Not too many games
  • Cannot play PS2 games (SONY streamlined the manufacturing process and removed the PS2 emulator)
  • Playstation Netowork – Needs major work…..hard to get online, chat sessions frequently crash, gaming with friends is extremely difficult)
  • Controller does not have a removable battery
  • Charging any accessory requires that the PS3 be turned on
  • All games must be installed before they can be played (not the entire game but a portion of it)
  • Updates and downloads take much longer then it does on XBOX Live

Conclusion:

I like both systems very much. They both have their strengths. Right now, I feel that the XBOX experience in a better choice. XBOX Live is a better online gaming/entertainment network. Now, the PS3 is no slouch, I’m sure that in a year from now they will fix a majority of the issues with the Playstaion network and have a bigger game library. If XBOX games and XBOX live worked on PS3 hardware, I think that would be the perfect console gaming platform.

WINNER: XBOX 360 (barely)

Gaming at 30+

January 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Gaming is not just for kids anymore. Was it ever?

I’ve always loved to play video games, mainly on a console, never really got into PC gaming, never liked the whole keyboard and mouse thing. Now that I am in my 30’s I can finally afford this addicting hobby. I currently have a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, took a while to get both, but it’s here. I’m also married with 2 kids.

When do I play you ask? Good Question…

Answer: When everyone is asleep. Unfortunately I have to sacrifice sleep in order to play.

Is it worth it? Absolutely!!

I’ll catch up on sleep once my kids are older or when I’m Dead.

I hope that my kids are into gaming as they get older. It will give me a reason to continue in this mind numming hobby. Do I throw away tons of money? Not really, fortunately these new consoles do alot more than just play games, which is how I justify this to myself and to my wife.

So the moral of this pointless post is……you 30+ guys and gals are not alone. I’m a 32 year old gamer and I’m not ashamed!!

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