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Choosing an XBOX 360
Why I'm Choosing a an XBOX 360
I play a considerable amount of video games. I wouldn't consider myself to be an avid gamer, but I certainly do enjoy playing video games. I have had an XBOX 360 for about three years, and I've spent countless hours playing games and watching movies on it. I can't complain with the life span of my XBOX, but now its finally starting to have problems. It has started having trouble reading discs and rather than go through the trouble of putting a new disc drive in it, I have decided to purchase a new one.
This article will detail how I have decided on which current console to purchase and make a comparison of the consoles currently available.
Why buy new instead of used?
There are plenty of options out there to buy a used or refurbished XBOX for a lower price, but personally I would prefer to get a new one because I don't want to risk having to replace it again in a few months. That is just my personal opinion. I'm sure that many used XBOX's are just fine, but I also know there is a risk that they might now last as long.
What I am looking for
What I am looking for in a new XBOX probably won't be exactly the same as everyone else thinking about buying a new console. The biggest difference between myself and the average person looking to buy a new XBOX is that I want bigger hard drive space. I would surmise that the average person can probably get away with using an xbox with limited space that would mostly only be used for game saving. I however download a lot of game add-on's and that takes up some space. XBOX also has a neat feature that allows you to copy the content of your games to your hard drive. They still require the disc to play, but generally the games run smoother and the loading times seem to cut down considerably. That said, I'm looking to pick a console with a lot of hard drive space, and while I don't mind dishing out the money for something I use a lot, I still want to get the best price possible.
The current choices
The XBOX slim is the only console you see on the shelves most of the time now. The biggest difference is that the hard drive from an older console can not be used with the newer slim body style. This is only a minor inconvenience though, as they have ways to transfer your information to a new machine.
You can still find the older body style at some game stores and websites, but for the sake of picking up a new one off the shelf I will only be comparing the newer models and bundles.
Also, various stores offer different bundle options so its worth looking around. I will not attempt to compare all of them, but most stores offer similar options so I will be comparing the options as I find them on Amazon.
XBOX 4GB Console
The 4 gigabyte console is the cheapest console that a person can buy brand new. Usually at right around $200 its not a bad choice for someone that won't use a lot of space. It comes with one controller. There is a bundle option for about $275 that includes the XBOX Kinect, which is a lot of fun and alone costs around $150.
Personally 4GB is laughable for me. My hard drive now has close to 30GB filled up and I want to transfer that content to my new machine. If I purchased this machine, I would want to purchase a hard drive for it, which come in two options a 250GB for right at $100 or a 320GB for $130. Also, I already have a Kinect so a bundle that includes a Kinect does not appeal to me. I of course would buy the 320 GB, so this would cost me around $320 total.
XBOX 360 250GB Console
This XBOX includes a 250GB hard drive and one controller. The bundles vary and offer some different interesting options.
The first bundle includes a copy of Fable 3 and a code to redeem and download Halo Reach. This console is about $300. Not a bad choice for someone that thinks they want a large hard drive and those two games.
The second and third bundle provides the Kinect and runs for about $350 - $400. They both include a Kinect game, but the 2nd one provides and additional Kinect game.
The hard drive appeals to me with this system but I would still prefer the larger 320 GB option. I also already have both of the games so that aspect does not appeal to me, and again I have a Kinect so that doesn't appeal either.
XBOX 360 320GB Modern Warfare Edition
This console might initially seem like a choice for only someone interested in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, but it has a lot to offer any would be gamer. It is one of only two XBOX consoles that comes standard with a 320 GB hard drive. It also comes with two controllers. For the Modern Warfare enthusiast it includes the game, is fully customized in Modern Warfare stuff, and includes some avatar downloads for XBOX Live. This console has recently come down to around $322.
Personally, I am not a big Modern Warfare fan, however of all of the consoles we've looked at so far this one has the most appeal. It includes the largest hard drive, and currently is priced only $22 than the 250GB console. It also has 2 controllers which is a big plus as well.
XBOX 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Edition
This console is similar to the Modern Warfare console. It is the only other XBOX that comes with the 320GB hard drive. It also has two customized controllers, a copy of Gears of War 3, a customized console, and a gaming headset. This consoles price also recently dropped and costs around $320.
This console has a lot of appeal to me. While I already have a copy of the game, it has the 320GB hard drive that I want. On top of that, I am a fan of Gears of War so the customized console and controllers are very cool. You can buy skins for a console if you want, but I haven't seen controllers like those. A new headset is also a nice addition. Most of all, this 320GB console is only $20 more than the 250GB console. That alone makes it the winner in my book, and this is the console I have chosen as my replacement.
Gears of War is declared the winner!
As I am finishing this hub, you might care to know that I have ordered the Gears of War Limited Edition XBOX 360. I am very excited for it to arrive and I will return here to update this hub with how the machine works out for me.
Again, my choice might not be the right choice for you, but if you are in the market for an XBOX 360 I hope I've been able to help you find the right one for you.