Pros XBOX LIVE-It's very easy to use, there are gamer achievements which are displayed proudly. Very easy to keep up with friends, and talk with them over Live via camera or voice. Games played on Live are fluid, and hardly ever slow down or fail.
Cons HARDWARE FAILURES: The box breaks down way too often. I read somewhere that each console breaks down on average, every eight months. Usually because the drive overheats giving the famed "Red Ring of Death". Not a reliable system at all.
Summary I love the games, and XBOX LIVE, but I'm sorry to say the Microsoft has forever lost a lifelong customer. I have been loyal since XBOX1, and purchased the 360 when it first cam out in 2005. I am on my fourth unit now (it's on its way back from repair as I write this). I'm just glad I bought the extended warranty. The customer service at Microsoft was horrible. They definitely didn't make me feel appreciated. Not only that, the first time I sent my box in to get repaired, I had to hassle with them for a month to get my points back. Because they usually send you a different unit back than you had, my online content I bought would online work If I was connected online. This was a problem for me since I traveled and couldn't always get internet connection. After spending numerous hours on the phone, trying to recover my gamertag, and other things they wanted me to try, they finally credited my account for the 4000 microsoft points that I had spent. I complained to a supervisor, and she gave me PGR3, an old game by October 2006, when it broke, so I took it to Walmart and got a $20 gift card.
It broke again in June of 2007. I had them send me out a box, and I shipped it in again. When I received my unit, I didn't have problems with the online content anymore, they must have fixed that bug. Then the last straw. It broke again on me about a week ago, and I raised all hell. I immediately asked to talk to s supervisor, and I explained that I though I should get a black XBOX as a sorry gift for all the trouble I was going through. I explained that I didn't want the bigger memory, just the black unit because of the HDMI port. I also explained that I was Disabled Veteran from Iraq, and that one of the things I could still do was play video games. The XBOX was a gift from my wife, when I returned home from Iraq in December of 2005, injured. They didn't care. They referred my case to a specialist, who couldn't even call me during the hours I specified. I would return his calls, and tell him when I would be home, and he still couldn't contact me. This happened for a week. When we finally connected, he explained the best he could do for me was a free upgrade on shipping, and something from a small list of gifts. The list was:
1. Xbox Live Vision Camera
2. Universal Remote
3. Quick Charge Kit
4. Battery and Charger
5. Project Gotham Racing 3!
6. Viva Pinata!
I argued with him and said the gifts were lame, and that the games were ancient. I said it would hardly cost them anything to send me just a black unit. He said they don't bend policy for no reason, because it would turn their world upside down.
Well Microsoft-you just lost one of your most loyal customers. As soon as I get the unit back I'm selling it with all my games on EBAY, along with whats left of my paid warranty. Hopefully I will have enough to buy a PS3. I should have known when Microsoft dropped the XBOX like a hot potato when the 360 came out. People were forced to upgrade or have no new games to play. Look at PS2, Sony is still making games for it and that thing has been out for what 8 or 9 years?
For all those considering buying the XBOX 360-DON'T. Trust me, all my friends are on at least their 2nd XBOX. It is worth the extra $100 for a PS3 just so you don't have to go through the hassle of the thing breaking down all the time. Not to mention the games that re made specifically for the PS3 look WAY BETTER! And then there's BLU RAY, even though that's not a big seller to me, (Cause they are so Expensive)! If you are a parent, or gamer that's considering systems, I cannot stress to you enough, to just pass on the XBOX. I know too many people with broken XBOXEs, to be able to tell you that this is not an isolated incident. As a matter of fact go search for yourself, and you will learn that Microsoft knew that 2/3rds of their 360's were faulty before they even shipped them out. It should be illegal to sell something that's misrepresented like this. I bought a DVD player 3 years ago for $40 a JWIN. It still works perfectly. But soend 300-400 on an XBOX and I went through three of them. I take really good care of my stuff, because I don't have al ot of money to do otherwise.
Trust me-Buy the Wii or PS3, and Save Your Money-
Pros I think some of the best items to the XBOX is large library and online features. My addictions to Crackdown, GoW and Left 4 Dead have left me coming back for more. Some of the downloadable content is the easiest to get and adds a ton of value.
Cons I was on box 3. RR and drive issues. Extended warranty or not, it should not happen. The cost of a membership should not be required or extra play time online should be included with each game. Points, use US dollar for your points, it works well.
Summary I did love the XBOX. In the long run, I just sold my 3rd recycled unit. I will buy another, but I want ensure that I am getting the very latest coolest chipset. If I get a failure in that unit, I think I am done with the XBOX. It should not be that difficult to have a system and not to expect it to fail. I also was okay with the return policy until I got a bad delay on one of them.,
In addition, I do not think should also not have to pay for membership unless it is a very specific bonus on top of a fully functional of the gaming environment such as Premium Content offerings or like Netflix. PC group gaming almost seems easier in this regard and I can use Netflix at no cost. It should be very simple. At $60 a game, additional time or bonuses should be included. MS could use that for purchasing newer titles at the regular amount.
On the points, I find it silly. Just use the 100 pennies is 100 points. Why put some mathematical thing around it. It would be funny if MS started telling retailers that will be 80,000 points for that game. They would get the deer and headlight look and most likely start laughing.
I seen the comments on the WIFI. It would be nice, but some part of that is the response time and bandwidth while pulling down a movie would not be the greatest.
Speaking of the movies. The quality is okay, but I have compared some DVD to the actual stream and I can tell the difference, but in time, hopeful this will get better. The selection would also be nice if they improved. I have 231 items in my queue and 6 of them state that I can stream them.
It is a good box and a good library. I wished I would have never had hardware issues. I have one friend that still has one of the earlier boxes and still nothing. Why me.
"okay, PS3 was better"on by gydeme
Pros Solid internet
Has Halo and Gears of War
Cons BREAKS DOWN TOO MUCH
Visuals aren't as nice as the PS3's
Summary Lets face it, Xbox's break down a lot. A recent survey by GAMEINFORMER shows that 26.9% of Xbox's will break. The red ring of Death pluages many users of XBOX's. Has three good only XBOX games (Fable, Halo, Gears of War). Doesn't have Blu-Ray. Only has a 120 GB console (PS3 has a 160 GB). Overall, stable and workable console, but PS3 is superior
Pros It used to be fun to play
Cons 2 words: Red Rings
Summary I had my system for 13 months and now it displays 2 red rings. According to customer service 2 red rings is an overheating problem and not covered under any warranty. Microsoft's extended warranty only covers 3 red rings which is a general hardware failure due to overheating. If the system stops working at 2 red rings, then it would never get to 3 red rings and their 3 year extended warranty would seem to be some kind of a marketing ploy to sell a faulty product to the uninformed public . The estimate to repair my system is $100 and since the overheating problem still exists, I imagine I'd get more red rings in another 13 months. At this point I'l probaby cut my losses and replace it with a PS3
"krapy konsole"on by godischarge
Pros Dead rising, Fable2?(havent played it yet looks cool), okay controller, comes with a headset, personal music player in-game. The ease of changing profiles mid-game. The customizable faceplate (thats a pro i suppose)
Cons I just got the Red Ring(s) for the 4th time. EVERYONE I know has gotten it AT LEAST once . All 360 games are better on the PC. Paying for online services. No web-browser, Blue-Ray, user created game mods, and limited backwards compatibility.
Summary Since all of the games are either multi-platform or on the PC, this is probably the one console you can absolutely do without. (Use the console exclusively for games that play better with a controller like sports, racing, and fighting games.)
Not using more then 4 controllers at once would suck when playing Pro Evolution Soccer with my friends (on my playstation I can jam with 7).
(Personally i prefer the playstation controller design, plus the ps3 has motion sensing like the Wii.)
Paying for online services (if money is a concern getting a PS3 will save you in the long run). No web browser. Its nice being able to look-up the manuals for games.
Would also eliminate the need for netflix, since you can watch any movie or tv show online for free.
More of a mouse and keyboard FPS player (so there goes half the 360 library)
All of the 360 games are better on the PC (ie Mass Effect, Dead Space, Gears of War).
The only good exclusives that are not on the PC: Saints Row (sequel multi-platform, and its not as good as GTA4), Dead Rising (which is really fun but not worth the cost of itself plus the console)
If you must play Halo for whatever reason, get the arcade and buy your own HDD online ($ave, and you get krapy arcade games, and a useless memory card). Although the ps3 HDD swap is alot easier since it uses a conventional laptop HDD. PS3 allows its users to use any storage device as a memory card (usb jump drive).
Sony also encourages modding of both games and its console, unlike microsoft which doesn't provide any tools for installing an alternate OS. Although you can fit far more DVD images on a HDD then Blue-Ray images.