Microsoft Xbox 360 S

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Reviewed by wickemu (Currently owns)

I own all the current generation consoles, and this is used more often than the others combined. It carries some excellent exclusive titles and can play nearly anything offered on the PS3. Its continued enhancements to the software interface are almost always welcome, and its multimedia capabilities are also extremely impressive.

This design is smaller and much improved on the previous one; while I cannot comment on the noise as mine is hidden away in an AV cabinet, I can say that it runs quite hot and, until I build in proper ventilation, I occasionally need to crack the door open in order to let the heat out (though it is not nearly as bad as my first-generation PS3, which will start screaming after only a few minutes).

I also find the controller to be much more ergonomic than what is offered on other consoles, and as someone who grew up playing the PS2, that is not something I expected to say.

While it is lamentable that it doesn't support Blu-Ray disks (and instead supported the obsolete HD-DVD format), its decreased disk capacities don't result in less graphically-impressive games, and its great Netflix integration is more than sufficient for most video-watching. Microsoft likes to tout its Media Center integration, but as I use iTunes as my content hub, I can't vouch for this feature.

A highly recommended product for anyone who calls himself/herself a gamer!

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