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.
Also check out our unboxing from E3 2010: Photo | Video
The same point could be made about the PS3's lack of cross game voice chat.
i MIGHT buy one of these for Christmas if they release a Halo Reach one, but i dont know
might get the slim
Hopefully they've fixed whatever has been wrong with previous xbox 360's because I've been through four. The failure rate is just too high for me to buy another one.
I'm perfectly fine with my original Xbox. Hasn't died on me yet! Knock on wood.
sounds wicked. cant wait to have a go at it. :)
Thats one thing I noticed with the current xbox is that it is way too loud. However after a few minutes it just kinda dissapears.
i'll stick with ps3
I just pre-ordered one today. Getting one by the 9th next month for sure! So happy! Xcept I had to get rid of almost all of my games... But whatev!
The only thing that bothers me is that (as far as I know) microsoft hasn't actually said it's more reliable.
Quieter online play is a must for me especially since I dont have to blare the volume just to hear the game over the system running.
If you get RROD within warranty, do you get one of these as a replacement?
If so I may accidently have to leave it running for about a week or so before getting that new update which stops the console from rroding...
Well until my current 360 turns to crap or it gets stolen, (lol), I probably wont get this. My current one is just fine. And actually, my 360 is pretty quiet itself. (Which is VERY unusual...)
I bought one. Especially with Gamestop's console trade in deal right now. (www.gamestop.com/.../tradeins)... I would definitely trade in your old consoles fast if you plan on getting a new 360 soon because the value and more specifically the trade in value of an older 360 will rapidly drop off in a week or so. Down from $299 I picked the new 360 for $180. My friend who was able to get more trade in credit brought his down to $120. Not bad, definitely worth the huge deal!
And this article doesn't do the noise reduction justice. Of course it's going to make the same TYPES of noises the other console makes (ie: all the bells and whistles), but the VOLUME of the noise is much lower... And honestly with a 250 GB Hard drive you better have your top 5 played games saved to the HD no excuses. Coupled with all my games saved to HD and the improved cooling system, my 360 is very quiet and doesn't even heat up to excessive temperatures under stress (this is playing ME2). However this is with discs saved to the HD, without them saved, the console was just as hot as ever trying to read the disc so intensely.
A new 360 wouldn't hurt too bad I supposed...
well thats good
For my opinion 1st and 2nd Xbox360 are something like Frankenstein monster, its unfinished bussines and that stupid ring of dead...
If regular (non-slim) 360's got the RROD, and this new (slim) 360 is working harder to not make any sounds, and is over-all functioning more, wouldn't it be more likely to get the RROD?