"Great Console!"4.5 starson by rohit2.menon
Pros: Huge Game Library, Media features, 60GB Harddrive, Beautiful interface, Xbox Live is the most brilliant online gaming platform, Xbox Live Arcade, 1080p support via HDMI cable, Brilliant controllers and accessories, Media extender with Windows PC.
Cons: Humongous Power Brick, some very expensive Games, Red Ring of Death and E74 occur if console is allowed to overheat, Loud noise caused by the drive (less noise made by newer 360's), No Blu-ray, and a fee has to be payed for online gaming, no WiFi.
Summary: The games are awesome and they showcase the console's graphical prowess. Controllers have a nice feel, and the overall gaming experience is epic. The titles are consistenly good, and they can only keep getting better. The Xbox Live Arcade is great, consisting of thousands of titles of original games, classics, and old Xbox games.
Online gaming is phenomenal. The experience is seamless with no real quirks, but on the downside there is a fee to be paid to play online. Online gaming for the month of purchase is free though. The rewards system for the Xbox 360 is very good. For each game you play, you have to get some achievements, which entitle you to a certain number of points. Get a good number of points and you can buy any title you like from the Xbox Marketplace.
The new interface is neat, and very accessible.
With a firmware update, avi files can be played along with a wide range of codecs. DVD's and CD's can be played and even a flash drive can be plugged in to view pictures, listen to music or to watch videos.
The console tends to get hot while playing games, so care has to be taken while playing. If the console gets too hot, you will see 3 red lights, which my friend, isn't a good sign.
Additional accessories add up to the cost of the whole package, like for example, if you want the 360 to get online wirelessly, you will have to go and purchase a wireless adaptor which could set you back $20-30.
Overall, the Xbox 360 is great value for money, and should be purchased by hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike.