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Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect


Pros: Nice graphics, vast game library available, controller layout,

Cons: Subscription service required to utilize many apps that are free on other devices (netflix, youtube, etc), interface not intuitive

As an early adopter in the Xbox 360, I was unaware of the what I was getting myself into. I had a launch Xbox 360 that lasted 3.5 years before finally succumbing to the dreaded Red Ring of Death. After going a while without an Xbox, I finally doubled down and not only replaced my 360, but invested in Kinect as well. Years later, I can say that I don't regret the decision one bit. The 360 has provided my and my family with 1000's of hours of fun. Whether I was trying to lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup, fumbling through Gears of War, or competing with family in Kinect Sports, there was never a dull moment. The experience, aided by my 55" screen and 5.1 sound, was quite immersive.

The xbox 360 itself boasts HDMI, VGA, and component connection options for HD output. While it can play DVDs, it does not have Blu-ray capability. That shortcoming is offset by the online gaming, and the ability to stream movies via numerous apps (Netflix, Hulu, Snagfilms, etc). While the streaming works well, it is frustrating that one must subscribe to Xbox Live Gold to take advantage of this feature. My understanding is that both Wii U and PS3 offer this at no additional charge. The addition of the Kinect added motion sensing technology that surpassed that provided by Wii. This has been fun to use in Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports.

I have my XBox 360 setup with an old school 55" Mitsubishi rear projection CRT HDTV, and a Pioneer Elite receiver. As I alluded to previously, while not the most modern setup, the screen and 5.1 surround sound create a very engaging experience.

User Interface:
Setup was simple, although the menu screens are not the most intuitive. I don't use Windows 8 and I get the impression that the XBox 360 interface is designed to mimic that. Fortunately, the controllers are much more user friendly. Even my kids who range from 5 to 10 years old have no problems manipulating the controllers.

One aspect where the 360 may be showing it's age is in the performance of newer titles. I have noticed that on some of the newer titles such as Kinect Sports 2 and Madden 25 the load times are a bit long and you can even hear the machine seem to ramp up to handle the task at hand. These titles definitely seem to tax the 360 more than some of the older titles. That said, once loaded, the games play very smoothly.

As far as streaming content, the only content I have streamed is via Netflix. The image that streams is far superior to the resolution that I get from Netflix over my LG Blu ray player (which is newer than my 360) despite being on the same network.

While the sun may be setting on this generation of video game systems, when the time comes, the 360 can ride off into the sunset knowing that it overcame some early quality issues and did it's job well. In the meantime, the 360 still offers a lot of gaming and entertainment value.


Pros: Comes with everything you need, Includes 1 game, Includes 1 controller, Much more stylish than it's predecessor, Doesn't get RROD, 250GB is plenty of

Cons: Expensive, Kinect gets annoying, People stopped using Kinect, Have to pay fkr Xbox Live

The Xbox 360 S console is the best console I have owned. Unlike the PS3 or Wii it allows the user to experience the game on different levels. Right out of the box the Xbox is loaded with a 250GB HDD, a Kinect Sensor, 1 game, and 1 black Xbox 360 controller. The Xbox Live community is amazing and I love playing online with them. The gameplay on Xbox is the same if not better than that of the PS3. The Wii just falls out of the picture. With all of these great features, the Xbox 360 S will surely please you or your kids with it's wonderful features. That is why I rated it 4.5/5
Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect

The Special Edition Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways-no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing, and cheering. See a ball? Kick it. Control an HD movie with the wave of a hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. Wi-Fi is built-in for easier connection to the world of entertainment on Xbox LIVE, where HD movies and TV stream in an instant. Xbox 360 is more games, entertainment, and fun.

FeatureJump, dodge, and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations with Kinect Adventures Xbox 360 console includes built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to Xbox LIVE, and comes with matching black controller and headset Get off the couch and into the game by using your body as the controller with Kinect Control your Xbox 360 with a single gesture or wave of the hand Connect with friends and family with easy and interactive gameplay, video chat, and more
Item Height10.6 inches
Item Length2.95 inches
Item Width10.39 inches
Package Height7.3 inches
Package Length12.8 inches
Package Weight12.8 pounds
Package Width12.1 inches
ProductGroupVideo Games
TitleXbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect
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Item Weight6.3 pounds
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PlatformXbox 360
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HardwarePlatformXbox 360
Edition250GB Console with Kinect
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