The long awaited new Xbox 360 is on sale now officially. So what does this new 360 offer over the current Elite models? Let us have a look at the new consoles features.
First off the new Xbox 360 sports a slimmer sportier design than its predecessor. It has a sleek black gloss finish with a touch sensitive button to start the console. Some of the previous Xbox 360 models were a bit noisy in respect to the DVD-drives and internal cooling fans, however Microsoft has fixed this on the newer
Xbox 360. They are super quiet when running, no more fan or drive noise. The new Xbox 360 on sale has a 250GB size Hard drive for storage. These drives are used to store your saved games and any downloaded media such as games demo’s etc. from Xbox Live. On the connectivity side the console also now sports a built in Wi-Fi connection. Previously one needed to buy an expensive adapter for Wi-Fi but this is included now.
There are a multitude of USB connection ports available on the new Xbox as well. In total there are 5 ports. 2 are located on the front of the console and 3 are positioned on the back.
The new Xbox 360 on sale also uses a lot less power when running making this the most energy efficient model to date. The other accessories such as the wireless controllers nicely match the sleek design and looks of the console. The controllers are black with a chrome Xbox button. The headset also matches the console.
Now for the interesting part. Kinect which is just about to be released. This started out as “Project Natal” and what this incorporates is technology that allows one to play the games using motion. This is similar to what the Nintendo Wii developed and is currently using except that with the Wii one needs to use a controller to perform the motion actions. With Kinect there is no need for a controller.
The new Xbox 360 on sale is Kinect ready and Kinect will supposedly work on all the Older Xbox consoles as well. You are basically the controller. The Kinect unit will plug into your 360 and pick up any movement that you perform in front of it. This is how you will interact with the new Kinect games that are being developed.
This new Kinect feature will be incorporated into the games themselves. Some of the Kinect titles which are currently on pre-order are Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Adventures, Dance Central, EA Sports Active 2and Your Fitness Shape Evolved.
To summarize the new Xbox 360 on sale has many great improvements over the older units and has already plenty of positive reviews from the customers whom have bought them. It makes more sense to get the latest technology when purchasing consoles as the technology changes so quickly. As a side note though the older Xbox 360 Elite bundles can be picked up at a steal of a price and as mentioned Kinect works with those units as well.