"Basically an Xbox with updated graphics"0.5 starson by aerozeppelin
Pros: hardware, xbox live, backwards compatible, smaller
Cons: only backwards compatible with certain games, only about 2 inches smaller, crap games, still costs money for Xbox live, nothing new, expensive system and accessories (20GB HD for $100)
Summary: Microsoft is releasing Xbox 360 WAAAY too early. Xbox is only 4 years old. I can still imagine playing Xbox for even a couple of more years.
So what did Xbox 360 change from its predecessor? Nothing much; just a hardware change. The controller's the same and the online play is the same. And it still costs money for Xbox Live.
The problem with just improving hardware is that GRAPHICS ARE ALREADY FINE THE WAY IT IS. Check out Doom 3 and Half-Life 2. Improving graphics upon those WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Improving specs is a must for all future consoles, but that's all Xbox 360 is improving. I don't see a single innovation in this system.
It's also backwards compatible, which is a good thing, but it's only compatible with CERTAIN Xbox games, since the hardware is completely different. That means not all my Xbox games will work perfectly on the 360. Big mistake.
Size was a problem for the original Xbox. Fortunately, Xbox 360 is smaller... by about 2 inches. BIG WHOOP.
Games are crap in the 360. Yes, I've seen them all: Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, Perfect Dark Zero, etc. Anything similar in these games? Yeah, they're all FPS. Xbox 360 has mostly FPS games, which is MUCH better done on PC or Nintendo Revolution. Microsoft is trying too hard to make Xbox 360 seem like a subpar PC with its fancy harddrive and wide array of FPS games.
Get a clue guys: Xbox 360 blows hard.