The lights are on
Yes, actually. While last week's announcement of the new Xbox 360 slim promised much needed changed to the console, many were left wondering if the system really was more quiet than the current model. Today we received a brand new one and popped in a few games to find out.
Starting with one of the loudest games we've ever played, Mass Effect 2, we fired up a new game and put the TV on mute. The verdict? Well it seems to make the same sounds as before, just much quieter all around. Getting really close to the unit, I could hear the system making it's normal searching and seeking sounds but thanks to the new optical drive and fan system, it's not really an issue. It really is a big difference. And for good measure, the disc version of Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and the Damned was thrown in as well with the same results.
While the amount of decibels a console makes might not really be a reason to buy or not to buy, many Xbox 360s in the wild are either dead or dying thanks to the red ring of death. While we cannot say that these new ones wont suffer the same fate, we can say they pack in all of the good stuff that used to cost more like 802.11N WiFi, a 250GB HDD and more USB ports than you can shake your fist at.
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i might MIGHT buy the 199.00 version this fall. MIGHT(probably not)
I'm hoping my third 360 makes it to the end of this console generation. If not, I'll buy one of these.
Most likely going to get this bad boy. Even if it was twice as loud as the old one i would still get most likely.
Man any improvment to the noise would be great, but don't bring the best game ever made into it..
I don't trust this Xbox 360 slim.....
(red ring of death!!)
Am probably going to get one.
i mite buy 199 mayb just 4 halo and sum others
Don't trust Microsoft with hardware. It would take a lot for me to have enough confidence in them to actually pay money for this machine.
The slim has the new valhalla chip set, so Red Ring is just about guaranteed to be gone.
I'm with Skullmanic here, I'm going to get one but definitely keeping the old one as a back up in case.
while that might be a reason to buy/upgrade for some, it isn;t for me. i never notice the sound of my 360 because i'm too focused on my game to give a sh!t. i think i'll stick with my 250GB original Xbox 360.
IF my xbox dies again I will officially swear off microsoft consoles until the next gen... Even then I think I'll wait a while for them to work out the kinks. Either way, I need a ps3 more than I wanna buy another xbox.
The quieter thing is good and the RROD (or because it doesn't have the red LED lights anymore: the hardware failure) will still take time to see but there is only one thing I want to know and care about at this exact point in time: Does the system still put the ring in discs?
Dont see why the Xbox wasnt quiet and had all those other features first time round... PS3 did ~_o (cept for the USB ports. I know, leave me alone)
I'm going along with a lot of other people here. If my console ever dies, this is the one I'm picking up. But I'm not going to just go out and get one.
Besides, I just bought a wireless connector, so I might as well get some use out of it before I buy a console that has it installed already.
i've been in the market for a new xbox(mostly for the extra harddrive space) and this is comin out just at the rite time
this is very appetizing..especially the built in Wi-Fi
Sweet. I think I'll pick one of these up within the year.