Microsoft Xbox 360 S

Basic Specs

Audio / Video playback DVD, CD
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
External memory Memory card, USB mass storage
Game media Disc
Backwards compatibility Xbox (partial)

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias Xbox 360 Slim

Pricing / SKUs

SKU description 250GB Matte with Kinect (released August 2011), 4GB with Kinect, 250GB Matte (released August 2011), 4GB, 250GB Glossy with Kinect (discontinued August 2011), 250GB Glossy (discontinued August 2011)

Hardware

Width 12.4 inches
Depth 11.9 inches
Height 7.4 inches
Weight 10.4 pounds
Color Black
Exterior surface Matte

Performance

CPU brand PowerPC
CPU model Xenon
CPU speed 3.2 GHz
CPU cores 3
GPU brand ATI
GPU model Xenos
RAM 512 MB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
IR Yes

Audio / Video

Supported resolutions 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio / Video playback DVD, CD
Supported video files MPEG4, AVI, WMV, DivX, Xvid, MOV

Ports

Audio / Video output Proprietary, HDMI, Digital optical
Physical controller port(s) 4
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
Wireless connection type Proprietary
USB 5
Ethernet Yes

Storage

Internal storage 250 GB, 4 GB
User upgradeable Yes
External memory Memory card, USB mass storage

Software

Game media Disc
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes
Backwards compatibility Xbox (partial)

Power

Power supply External

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7.2

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  • Game selection 8
  • Controls 7
  • Performance 8
  • Heat / noise 6

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by dougmorton (Currently owns)

    I've owned the Xbox 360 for 15 months now, so it's time for a review. This was my first Xbox, ever. I'd been all Sony before, including zoning a PS3. The decision to get an Xbox wasn't easy, but it happened nonetheless. The platform is ageing, however, with constant updates Microsoft is seemingly keeping it alive for a while longer, something which is much appreciated by me. It's reassuring to know that Microsoft are will keep be supporting its users of an ageing platform, well I guess we do pay them well. That beings me on to my next point. Xbox Live. I'm trying not to rant here, but I just can't figure out why Xbox Live Gold is a paid membership. True, it was one of the reasons I bought an Xbox, but it still doesn't seem to make any sense to me. But you can't really complain, it's not like Microsoft told me it was gonna be free before I bought an Xbox or anything. Being an "Apple fanboy" you'd expect my to give the Xbox a very low score and write a review bashing the system. This isn't the case. Apple have arguably not yet met gamers needs so Sony and Microsoft are still very much needed in this area. It's with pleasure I say that I very much enjoy using my Xbox (And PS3)adding that the console fills a part of my life Apple are yet to satisfy. As with my PS3 review I'll say that 7.0 is accurate for the Xbox 360 S.

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    Reviewed by schroederrock (Currently owns)

    The Xbox 360 S is awesome. It takes the original design of the Xbox 360 and makes it smaller, quieter, and even a bit faster (no your graphics won't look better, but the cpu is actually a little more efficient which translates into fewer hangups and a bit more responsiveness when using tools like the Xbox Guide button or the Xbox Live Dashboard). While the Playstation 3 is a formidable console, both it and the Wii simply CANNOT compare to the online offerings of Xbox Live, which is where the real glory lies. With thousands upon thousand of arcade titles at reach from your own living room with demos on pretty much every single one AND tons of exclusives available (like Braid, Castle Crashers, Minecraft, Fez, Trials HD/Evolution to name a few). Plus you have so much digital entertainment in your own living room, with tons more coming as Xbox Live evolves into perhaps the most adopted home-entertainment system. Kinect only furthers the potential of Xbox, and is seeing great support from big titles. I love my console.

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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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  • 9.0
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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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    Reviewed by DillonLarson (Currently owns)

    I don't care for the Xbox 360. I won mine in a contest; I would not have bought one myself. I honestly cannot find a single quality of the Xbox 360 that bests its competitor, Sony's PlayStation 3.

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    - Good multiplatform games support
    - Overall solid performance

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    - Generic design
    - Glossy black body smudges and is ugly
    - Poorly placed, sized, and conceived capacitive buttons
    - Disc tray (instead of slot)
    - Terrible, ad-filled UI
    - Uncomfortable controller
    - Gets very hot and very loud
    - No free online multiplayer
    - Not as many great exclusives as PS3

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