Thread: Any advice on the XBox 360?
#1 Any advice on the XBox 360?11-25-2008, 11:32 AM
I'm thinking about getting an XBox 360. I have a PS2 now. I keep hearing about malfunctions and the "Ring of Death". Then I hear that those are problems with the older consoles, and the new ones are fine. I can't afford a PS3, so that's out of the question.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.I feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
11-25-2008, 01:41 PM
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11-25-2008, 02:53 PM
11-25-2008, 03:05 PM
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Anyways, it is a fine system if you can look past its problems. There are two I can think of right now: scratching discs and the Red ring of Death. The 360 tends to... scratch discs that are inside of it with just the littlest of movements. Something as small as walking across the room will end up with a scratch on your disk. I haven't had too much problems with this, however.
The RROD can occur at any time in your systems life or not occur at all. I suggest buying a warranty from the shop your going to buy it at. It happened to me in EXACTLY one year. Instead of actually solving the issue, Microsoft simply raised their warranty. With this problem alone, you have a free 3 year warranty. Problem is it takes months to get it shipped over, repaired, and shipped back.I'll add something signature worthy later...
11-25-2008, 03:33 PM
11-25-2008, 05:15 PM
I'm knocking wood here but our 360 has performed pretty flawlessly.
11-25-2008, 06:22 PM
My Xbox died the week the 360 came out (go figure the odds on that), so I got one of the first ones produced. It's still running pretty well. 3 times since I've bought it, it's just kinda crapped out for a week or two. It's hard to explain what happens, but things just stopped working for the most part. I've never had to do any repairs though, since it always just comes back working like it was brand new. It's actually quite weird.
Given the price, I think it would be worth the investment. I've got a lot of friends with the 360, and none of them have ever had the ring of death... well, not true. I did have a friend whose idiot brother put baloney into the cd slot once... (He was 15.)
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11-26-2008, 07:35 PM
My advice is to take a look at what games you're more interested in. Each system has it's merits; if you played and enjoyed the Metal Gear Solid titles (one of my favorite game series of all time), PS3 holds an advantage because it's exclusive and MGS4 is one of the most incredible games I've ever played. Other then that and the upcoming God of War 3, there isn't much that inspires me to pick the PS3 over the 360. Most games that are multi-platform and come out on both the PS3 and 360 tend to run smoother on the 360. The framerate is faster, the graphics are usually better too. The main reason for this is the 360 is easier to program for and was out longer. Also, while Playstation offers a free online network, Xbox Live is much better by comparison and it's relatively cheap at 50 bucks a year for service.
Also, the PS3 costs more because Sony envisions it to last until 2015, at least. Microsoft, on the other hand is already working on the successor to the XBox 360 and said it plans to release it by 2013. Ditto with Nintendo's follow up to the Wii.
Either way, wait until after XMas to buy. Current projections are that both the PS3 and 360 are going to drop down to a $299.99 price point."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
11-30-2008, 10:57 AM
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I got 360 recently and for the most part it runs great.
It locked up on me once, I think simply because it overheated.
Our entertainment center has glass doors that cover the shelves with the xbox, dvd player and other boxes... the Xbox seems to experience problems if I keep those doors closed while playing it.
You definitely don't want to have any other warm electronics on top of it, or near it really. Havent had it lock up when giving it proper breathing room ;P
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