So it's finally here! The Xbox360 landed in Europe last friday to many a console gamer's extreme joy. It's always exciting when a new generation of console is launched and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.
However, there are limited amounts and it is rather expensive. And at that price it doesn't even come with a game. Add to that the fact that I don't have a nice HD ready LCD on which to display it in its full glory, I have decided to wait for a bit. I sure would love to sit down with Project Gotham Racing 3
and not leave the house for a week, but all good things come to those who wait.
The upsides as I see it now without having tried one personally, are first of all the next generation graphics. Granted games with no content and great graphics are crap games, but new generation should definitely push the envelope graphics wise. The new wireless controllers look nice with the built in funciton of turning the box on and off. The Xbox Live integration is supposedly very nice, not only allowing for online play but keeping track of your progress in games (singleplayer as well as multi) and also allows for downloading minigames such as the classic Gautlet. Now you can go online and see for yourself that "omg i totally liek pwn joo noobs" at all your favorite games.
Some of the negative aspects is that it won't stream meadia over the network from PCs (what in the hell, this should definitely have been made work over regular sambashare). This is really ridicilous and would force people to still use their regular (modded) xboxes as their main mediacenter, instead of this new "mediacenter". It is also alledgedly really noisy due to the fans workin hard to keep it cool. Oh and the power adaptor is huge, and Xbox Live should be free and perhaps a bit more secure
or perhaps not
I'll gladly take Xbox360 donations to investigate further first hand!