What Version of the Xbox360 Console is Right For You?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Games
Currently (Dec. 2007) Microsoft has three basic versions of the Xbox
360 console: the Xbox 360 Arcade, the standard Xbox 360 and the Xbox
360 Elite system. The base system is the same for each with added
benefits to enhance gameplay and media enjoyment for each different
The Arcade version has limited storage for arcade games. It would
not be gamers first choice for a video game console. The standard Xbox
360 has a 20 Gb hard drive, which is sufficient storage for games and a
few songs and a video or two. The Elite has 120 Gb of storage and comes
included with a HDMI digital audio-video cable. This is for those users
who expect downloading and storing many video, photos, game data or
music. The HDMI cable is convenient for those that need that type of
connection for their home theater system. The Elite is the only system
that is all black as well.
All the systems have Silver Xbox live memberships and a wireless
controller included. Game compatibility is the same for the regular and
Elite consoles. They are compatible with all Xbox 360 games plus over
300 original Xbox games. The Arcade version is compatible with all Xbox
Obviously the prices for the consoles are different. The arcade
machine can be had for around 280. The standard sells for around 350.
The Elite goes for 450.
The Xbox console is not that large when compared with the Nintendo
Wii and Playstation 3. It is sleekly designed and has interchangeable
faceplates that allow it to be fitted into a home cinema rack. The
wireless controller is really cool and wonderfully convenient. The Xbox
console supports four wireless controller devices.
The Xbox 360 has amazing graphics. All the games are optimized for
high definition output. In addition, it has USB 2.0 ports for attaching
accessories. Accessories include a steering wheel for driving games and
a chat messenger that allows you to send instant messages to your
friends while you are playing. These accessories are not included with
the console bundle and must be purchased separately. The Xbox 360
console is HD ready for games and has Dolby Digital sound to give
players a complete surround sound gaming experience.
The console will play on any television, high definition or not.
You just need to have the video and audio inputs for the TV or home
theater system. The Xbox 360 console plays audio CDs, as well as DVDs,
stores photograph and will play mp3's. The Xbox 360 truly represents a
big leap forward in next generation gaming technology.