We started with the Xbox 4GB (no hard drive) version and it worked fine. (Got it for $89 a while ago back during that nice Target deal.) We used a memory stick for the first year, then later got a 120GB hard drive during one of those refurb deals from Gamestop. (I recall the 120GB drive was something like $15 and works great - no noise or issues.) Anyway, if you can get a good deal on a 4GB Xbox go for it, shouldn't stop you from playing anything, you got the memory stick option, and could eventually pick up a cheap hard drive if needed.
Same here, got the XBOX 360 4gb with Kinect last year, then picked up a 120gb refurbished hard drive for $20 at Gamestop, plus $5 for a hard drive case online. If you are not going to save anything superimportant on it, you should look into this option, IMO.
a pointer from someone who has lived through 2 red ringed xboxes :
discs spinning in the tray for more than an hour build up so much heat that it damages the graphics chip. Eventually the damage gets bad enough that the console will give you the three red lights which is all too familiar a sight to anyone who has used a 360 for any length of time.
Just don't go on marathon gaming sessions with that box and you'll be fine.
So do you download everygame from store? I tend to buy physical disks, can they be saved to HD so I don't have to run the cd anymore ??
The Playstation 3 is still a better deal if you plan on gaming online. The 360 requires buying Xbox Live which runs for $40-$50.
FYI you actually get what you pay for.
I own both consoles and I think that the 360's online infrastructure is much better. If they do get a PS3, they should really invest in PSN+ so cost wise it's about the same. I still hate how Sony lets the dlc codes that come with new games expire so soon after release. I also hate how long updates / downloads take on the PS3. If you have PSN+, updates are much better as it will do the updating in the background.
Don't piss around buying the 4GB models only to go out and waste money on puny 32GB flash drives. Just buy the 250GB unit and be done with it. Installing your games to the hdd before playing; saves wear and tear on the laser, keeps your console both cooler and virtually silent, and eliminates the chance of ever ruining a disc.
You sounded like the hard drive will never break. In my experience, the hard drive in a computer is usually the very first piece of hardware that goes, much faster than optical drives. However, flash drives seem to last much longer (no moving parts).
I am hoping someone out there can answer my question. I have an Xbox 360 that is about 6-7 years old. I would like to buy the Kinnect sensor and a few games and start using it. Will I run into any problems doing this since it's so old?
Thanks for any info on this.
yes, you can run kinect on it with an addition power adapter, but your 7 yrs old 360 is really on borrowed time. it could self destruct any day, especially if you will be playing more of it with kinect.
Just thought i'd share this.
I just the xbox 360 w/ skylanders, free 3 month xbox live, and 3 year warranty from walmart for 209.25.
If you get the xbox 360 with skylanders its $199.99, but if you follow the link you can it for $179.96
That's interesting. I didn't know about the 16gb limit. I only have 16gb and smaller drives so that issue has never come up for me. Not a surprise that shady MS is trying to get people to buy their overpriced HD.
Just in case you didn't see that follow-up message, apparently they raised their limit to 32GB when I wasn't looking. If they ever up it to 64GB, then we're getting into really not needing a HDD territory. I don't think I have more than 64GB of files that aren't game disc installs.
Stop posting this!!! XBL is consistently on sale under $40. At $3.xx per month I find it infinitely better for online gaming than PSN.
3.xx? Assuming each x is replaced with a 0, that would be $36 for a year of XBL, not far off from my $40-$50 figure.
I'm only trying to give people information. This is a deal site and I presume many people would like to know about potential costs going forward when they buy products.
I've used XBL but not enough to review it fairly as a service. What I can say is PSN online works quite well and is free. I encourage anyone to research before purchasing. For many casual gamers the additional features of XBL may be seen as excess and the PS3 would therefore be a better long-term investment.
There are other points that should be researched as well. For those who don't like online gaming, they could still use the PS3 for things like Netflix, while on 360 they would have to pay for XBL just to use Netflix. And they'd have to pay for XBL to get game updates, where as on PSN, once again, you get this free of charge.
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