Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB With Kinect Review
Microsoft has gone a long way since it first took on the videogame console industry. Right now, its brainchild, the Xbox 360 has already changed the landscape of home gaming and has made a name for itself inspite of tight competition posed by the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3.
With the recent addition of Steel Batallion, the Xbox 360’s library of exclusive titles including the Halo, Fable, Forza, and Gears of War series has become even more explosive. Most Triple A games are available on the 360, as well, with some even looking more impressive than their PS3 counterparts.
Also impressive is Microsoft’s unique take on motion-based gaming --- the Kinect. Instead of the console tracking the controller’s movement as in Nintendo Wii, and Playstation’s Move, the Kinect sensor detects the player’s movements itself, freeing the hands from holding any devices. However, Kinect requires a lot of space because the sensor has to detect the player from head to toe. The user must be 6-10 feet away from the sensor, so if your playing room is small, never dream of bringing it on with an opponent in Dance Central. There’s also a significant shortage on compelling Kinect titles with only a handful worth mentioning such as Fruit Ninja Kinect and the above- mentioned Dance Central series and Steel Batallion.
Kinect has also made navigation through game and app menus more interesting, if not easier. By just making certain gestures, one can scan through their collection of videos. Kinect is also programmed to recognize intuitive keywords and phrases from voice commands, a list of which is posted in Xbox’ support webpage.
Xbox 360 is also compatible with most MP3 players and can also be used as Windows Media Extender for those who use Windows Media Center. It can also play CDs and standard DVDs but not Blu-ray discs, a feature that, so far, only the Playstation 3 can boast of.
Xbox Live, the console’s online application is, by far, the most comprehensive in its line with over 20 million current subscriptions. The XBL dashboard also has special offers for simple arcade games, full titles, and other downloadable content (DLC) such as photos and HD videos. Through XBL, users with Gold membership can also enjoy other streaming apps from HBO, VEVO and Youtube.
Note that if you’re planning to acquire lots of Xbox DLC, 4GB may not be enough. In this case, you may want to consider buying a 250GB model or updating your dashboard so your Xbox can recognize USB sticks for storing media and game data. Still, this bundle is a smart choice for players who will use Xbox Live solely for playing online and vying for the game leaderboards.