Microsoft Xbox 360 S

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Reviewed by jamie.greenland (Currently owns)

I bought the 360 S 4GB model, mostly because I dislike glossy things (fingerprints are the bane of my existence) and this was before Microsoft made the main model matte as well. The design is definitely an improvement over the original white models that had a tendency to go beige after a while. It feels sturdier too, and better made. The touch buttons are both great and horribly annoying at times. I'm at uni so it spends half its time on my desk and the other half in the living room at home. On my desk I often accidentally press a button reaching for something and at home the dog got a surprise when it was sniffing around the eject button and found a face full of disc tray (luckily she knows not to go near it now) But otherwise they have a nice feel. Buttons, like all moving things, have a tendency to wear out over time but you'll see no problems with these ones. The latest Metro interface is great and simple to use, especially with Kinect. My only gripe is that the apps aren't quite up to standard, in the UK at least. 4OD is just terrible and Sky is still using the old interface. It would be great if the TV aspects could be hard-coded into OS instead of separate apps, some of which can be slow to start up at times and can get quite frustrating.

The controls are a sticky area, it's really horses for courses. Some people seem to prefer the PlayStation shape and others the XBox. Having grown up on PlayStation, and still use a PS3 alongside the XBox, I have to say, personally, the 360 controller is superior to the PS3, it just seems to fit the hand much more comfortably than the PS3. With a PS3 controller you have to really grip onto it, with the 360 it's such a shape that you can just rest it in your hands quite easily.

These days we don't really see much in the way of bread-winning exclusives on either side of the console front. Both produce good quality exclusives, but if I had to choose a winner it would be pretty much neck and neck.

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  • Software 9
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  • Heat / noise 6
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