New Xbox 360 Slim: Hardware On Par With PS3 At Last

 

By Posted 10 Sep 2010, 06:56

Back in 2007 I bought one of the first Xbox 360’s and was amazed at the jump console gaming made; this was followed with many hardware problems and my first RROD. After buying over 40 games I gave up on the 360, and felt let down by Microsoft and their poor hardware.

Moving to Sony’s PS3 was met with mixed feelings, the operating software did not equal that on the Xbox 360, and being able to voice chat before, during, and after a game was a feature missed. This was balanced out by hardware that was more reliable and silent in comparison.

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Since 2007 we have seen a few hardware improvements for the Xbox 360, but the new Xbox 360 Slim in 2010 is miles better than anything Microsoft have launched before.

I am lucky enough to have had hands-on time – hundreds of hours – with both the launch Xbox 360 and all PS3 models to date, and at last we see both systems being on par. The new Xbox 360 S is a system I am proud to own, which would not have been the case for an Xbox 360 in 2007/2008.

The launch PS3 also failed, although this was a couple of years after release. Both the launch Xbox 360 and PS3 were not up to scratch in my opinion, and when compared to the latest versions of both systems, it’s a bit of a joke. The launch 360 was just “more of a joke”, with a MASSIVE failure rate that was unacceptable.

Now that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are pretty much on par in hardware reliability, what do you think about the previous models of both systems? How did you feel about the 2007 Xbox 360?

Having both systems also has its advantages, if you can afford to buy both, then we recommend it. You then have the option to buy accessories and games that are exclusive to both systems, which includes PS MOVE, Kinect, Halo, and GT5.

  • Xbox Truth

    Really? On par… The console just came out and theirs like 100's of red dot videos on youtube…

    • fert

      What a blind fool, You still belive that Youtube is all true, just like the PS3 slim YLOD is also true on Youtube eh !.

      People like you are the con mans dream….

      • Martin80canada

        Actually my first PS3 died and yes had a yellow dot so this is true, not saying that it might happen as often as people say, but the big difference is how you are taking care of Sony wanted 150.00 to repair Microsoft on the other hand are fixing there machine for free

  • Yawn!

    Sorry is this news? The "article" has been written by an amateur and none of the information really holds up to anything other than your opinion.

  • rajanbir

    xbox still doesnt have things like blu ray capability and all.

    • Dionm

      But Microsoft would not admit defeat, after all the blu-ray standard was made by sony

  • Steve

    So on par because it doesn't break down all the time? This is the console M$ should have released from day one but they didn't care about product quality, they just wanted market share. M$ basically ripped us all off from day one to gain market and are now hoping the installed base are stupid enough to think they need to upgrade. The 360 I have forgotten, sitting on my shelf unused was based on dated PC tech 3 years ago. Kinect and a shiny coat don't change that fact.

  • Flinstone_lee

    I owned both PS3 and X360 S now. The 1st Xbox I bought was 2 days before M$ release a press statement of 2(or 1, forgot ?) Billion Dollars of Warranty. On the 3rd Day , my Console goes RRoD. ,On the Xbox 360 S, M$ got it right on the 45 nm fabrication, 1 fan design, lower acoustics on System and major power savings at all level. Still do not like the fact that M$ HDD upgrade path is only through them. M$ Platinum games with free DLC are now at 19.99 to 29.99. This make for a perfect storm to buy a Xbox 360 S.

    The improvement on Xbox 360 S is a good engineering feat that should be invested on the 1st Iteration Xbox 360. But because Time to Market is so critical, M$ have no option but to release the 1st iteration at sub par Engineering and technology investment.

  • Flinstone_lee

    I owned both PS3 and X360 S now. The 1st Xbox I bought was 2 days before M$ release a press statement of 2(or 1, forgot ?) Billion Dollars of Warranty. On the 3rd Day , my Console goes RRoD. ,On the Xbox 360 S, M$ got it right on the 45 nm fabrication, 1 fan design, lower acoustics on System and major power savings at all level. Still do not like the fact that M$ HDD upgrade path is only through them. M$ Platinum games with free DLC are now at 19.99 to 29.99. This make for a perfect storm to buy a Xbox 360 S.

    The improvement on Xbox 360 S is a good engineering feat that should be invested on the 1st Iteration Xbox 360. But because Time to Market is so critical, M$ have no option but to release the 1st iteration at sub par Engineering and technology investment.

  • RED.DOT.4.LIFE

    YEAH ON PAR… RED DOT 4 LIFE.

  • Sparts

    I have the old 360. Never had a red ring of death and neither has anyone else I know. I've had mine for maybe two years.
    Blue Ray will be nothing in a couple of years. You can already stream High def to a 360.
    All movies will be streamed in the very near future making blue ray close to useless. It's th ebiggest waste of money out there.

    • J.A.

      "Blue Ray will be nothing in a couple of years. You can already stream High def to a 360."

      Ummmm, let's make a list to think outside this "Blu-ray is for movies only" box.

      1. Not every country has fast enough internet connections to stream HD.
      2. We cannot stream in 1080p currently, which makes a difference from 720p on a 1080p TV
      3. I'd prefer to play video games on my console, not watch movies. Last I checked, 50GB game downloads are extremely long, take up too much HDD space (only 20 50GB games fit in 1TB) and once again, to be a global player in the console market you have to accommodate to slower internet connections, or no connection at all.

      Note: Games that filled, or came close to filling all 50GB of a double layer blu-ray include God of War 3, Uncharted 2 and Little Big Planet

      • creg

        Uncharted 2 and God of War III filled 25gb.

        Little Big Planet clocks in at roughly 2gb.

        But Final Fantasy XIII and MGS4 filled 50gb.

        Either way the XBOX 360 is a heap of ****, in pretty much every aspect possible. Games, hardware, business ethics, reliability, features.

        Sparts is your typical XBOX 360 fanboy, he lies about the fact that his XBOX 360 hasn't broken in 2 years along with every other person he knows, the only odd thing is you gain nothing from lying. Maybe lying makes him feel less insecure about his console.

        And those last points were pathetic, this "1080p video" would be impossible to stream on some internet connections, not to mention that if he actually knew about video compression he would know that this "1080p video" has the same bit-rate of a DVD. Not to mention that developers have said over and over that the XBOX 360's DVD storage is a HUGE bottleneck on their games. Proven by Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy XIII, GTA4 and possibly a few others. And lastly, if Blu-Ray is so dead then why is it replacing DVD at the rate that DVD replaced VHS? Blu-Ray is just another step forward is media storage and you deny it for the sake of defending your terrible console. If that argument was that relevant then the XBOX 360 would be running on CD right now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000769591011 Nick Anteau

          CD FTW! LOL

    • Footstalker

      "Blue ray will be nothing in a couple of years"
      and how exactly are you going to play huge games.
      Kojima even complained about fitting Mgs4 into a Blue ray disk.
      thats alot of gigs :c
      Beside the part that you can play huge games without switching disks every 1 hour.

    • nick

      i highly doubt that the 360 cant display above 720p so streaming hd movies will only be upcaled from 720. blue ray is the future and i think wii is going to release a wii 2 with blue ray dream on buddie when that happens it will leave Microsoft in a bad position

  • noodle

    Quote "Blue Ray will be nothing in a couple of years. You can already stream High def to a 360" – dream on buddy. Are You living in the real world?

  • KindredMac

    On par??? REALLY? That's AWESOME!!!! I was waiting for the day that the 360 could play Blu-raaaaa……. *wha?* *what's that?* *oh it doesn't play Blu-rays?*
    *ahem*
    That's AWESOME!!!! I was waiting for the day that I wouldn't have to deal with Red Rings of Deaaa…. *seriously?* *what else are you going to tell me???*
    *ahem*
    That's AWESOME!!!!! I was waiting for Microsoft to make a slimmer version of the their system to keep up with everyone else!!!!

    • John

      You're a fucking idiot. Your failed attempt of trashing on the new Xbox S is pathetic and unfunny. You can take you flamboyant PS3 fanboy faggotry and fuck off somewhere else, you piece of worthless trash.

      • creg

        You are raging, yet you couldn't make a point to prove him wrong could you? Why get so hot and bothered over the truth?

        I think you should really question who is the worthless trash in this comment section.

  • Marc

    There are plenty of PS3 slims and the YLOD on Youtube but like the 360 S Rlod they mean NOTHING
    Youtube videos and the real world are two entirly different things and if you spend your time on Youtube beliving everything you see then you are very gullable (Easily persuaded to believe something; Easily deceived ) or just palin stupid that you want to belive it.

    I have both consoles (360 S and PS3 slim)and they are defnatly on par with each other and posters above such as "KindredMac" who really dosen't know what he is talking about are fast becoming the minority single console owning fanboy Dinosours.

    He talks up Blu Ray but ignores that you pay for that Blu ray player in the price difference, you can now buy a 360 S and a branded blu ray player for the same price as a 250gb PS3 if that is what you would prefer and that is it, you have a choice.

    • marc is dumb

      you dont even need the 250gb, but a ps3 250gb is only 50$ more, and it is still awarded as the best blu ray player.. constant updates and internet access keep it that way. also it is a blu ray player and game system in one so you wont have 2 boxes and 2 remotes, different connections…etc, it is a much better deal

      • hggs

        Another Dinosour, get with the times , or you ose out

  • asdas

    @ marc is dumb

    You are the typical fanboy t,.

    You are another Dinosour, you ignore Wirelses N on the 360, you ignore backward compatable, you ignoe 5 USB ports, you ignoe 360 runs better under 360 all on one chip

    • Marc

      How am I a fanboy ?, I have both consoles and I say the 360 S is every bit as good as the PS3 slim, I didn't ignore the 360S has backward compatable, or the excellent 360 5 USB ports compared to the cost cutting PS3 slims 2 front only ports and the fact that the 360 can install the full game to the hard drive and the fact that that the PS3 online chat is rubbish and the 360s voice chat is perfect.

      I didn't need to mention all the other advantages of the 360 S over the PS3 slim because the things I mentioned were more than enough (And I didn't want to be accused of being a fanboy)

      I have both systems but I really do recomend that you buy a 360 S over the PS3 slim

  • AARON

    PLAYSTATION 3 IS THE BIGGEST BALL OF SHITE I HAVE BEEN LOYAL TO SONY AND BOUGHT ALL THERE CONSOLES AND THEY JUST ARENT GOOD ENUF AND IM ON MY THIRD PS3 IT KEEP AS OTHERS KEPT BREAKINBG DOOWN EVERYONE I KNOW HAS COVERTED TO XBOX SO I BOUGHT NEW CONSOLE AND ITS BRILL TEN TIMES BETTER F**K BLU RAY HIGH DEF IS BETET CANT PLAY GAMES IN BLU RAY CAN YA

  • bgates

    message part 1
    =============
    i think your all missing the point, ms like sony are a company and both companies will not (like most)care about product quality or have the brains or competence to get a product out quick, efficently and with quality, look at how long it took sony to get the 1st ps3 out and how many problems it had? and they still couldnt get the quality issues right till a lot later, same as ms. both sony and ms make or did at time of console release make a loss on each console, both companies now have a console each that is more reliable thean the previous gen tho there will allways be a handful of consoles that still fail, this is the nature of hardware production, the trick is not to pay attention to a group of people who try insissting the problem is bigger than it is. i am not a fanboy of either console as oi own neither of them. so far it sounds like they on a par to me? yes blu-ray is here for a while yet, it is inevitable that blu-ray will die soon but not for another few years at least as

  • bgates

    message part 2
    ============
    companies inc isps move towards faster net connections, with more reliable speeds and stream movies, look at apple tv, others will soon go same way, you can allready in the usa goto a vending machine in a shop and download onto usb mem stick.i know that some

  • bgates

    message part 3
    ============

    countries do not have the net capabilities yet but i mean does anyone really want to watch a film that is hosted and streamed from outer mongolia? most films that would be streamed in hd would be from the usa and hollywood where they would invest in the tech neededto pull the feat off.south korea has better net capabilities than the uk and most of

  • bgates

    message part 4
    =============
    the world does for that matter, so if they can then it wont be long before others do, but anyway blu-ray will die, lp's did, tape cassettes did, cd's did and now dvd's are on their way out, so too will blu ray so why get all dfensive and protective over a format that will only be arround for a decade or just over before it goes extinct and thats if its lucky.
    that should answer and put to bed that argument

    end of day people, these consoles are just toys, not religions or ways of life and in my opinion there is nowt worse than someone who spends all their time arguing about how great their wii/ps3/xbox 36 is etc and berate anyone who argues otherwise and cant or wont stick their head outside their own house and see the world once in a while and life.
    life is for living, not getting lost in a world of consoles and companies that all treat their customers as cash machines wether they be ms, sony, nintendo or even a drinks company .

    • Masta1

      Yeah, bluray will die, wayyyyyy after DVD died where there're new types of medium to use. STUPID!

  • Marc

    @ asdas

    Sorry I didn't ealize you were poting against the PS3 fanboy "marc is dumb" I thought you were quoting me.

    Anyway anyone with any sensense will ignore Those PS3 fanboys and I am really looking forward to Kinec,t Move has nothing to offer me as I used to have a Nintendo Wii and the fact that you have to recalibrate Move every time you play a different ame and also the charging times (Especially as the Ps3 slim only has 2 front USB ports only looks like a nightmare)

    Kinect is the only controller that offers anything new to me.

    • LOLWUT

      EYETOY.

  • Hernri

    Look at all those rear USB ports on the back of that 360, just to have one rear USB port on my PS3 slim would be nice.

  • captainkidz

    1. Not every country has fast enough internet connections to stream HD.

    2. We cannot stream in 1080p currently, which makes a difference from 720p on a 1080p TV

  • jugs…

    Lol on Par?… What with the PS3 4 years ago? How much better is its HD disc support?..

    Tho the SLim does do a better job at being a room heater than a PS3… What do u expect with using a processor that was too crap for even Apple to use?…

  • MorterManz

    ….typical ps3 fan boy
    its really funny cause your trying to back it up
    here is the simple bottom line
    THEY ARE JUST COUNSELS THEY BOTH HAVE CONS AND PROS
    and at the end of the day saying ps3 is better at keeping your house cooler and xbox360 S is a heater……which is kinda sad cause you can play with it for 29 hours straight and it will only rise about 7oC
    And both consoles where made for 2 different reasons which are totally opposite from each other
    Xbox is a gaming console giving you harder competition online and hosting big comps
    PS3 is a family entertainment device
    Thats what they both are made for and they always will be like that no matter how hard you try to make your brain think that PS3 has better competition and Xbox has blu-ray……… it doesn't really matter now does it?
    GET OVER YOURSELVES

    • Win

      I agree with you man :D

  • alterseekers

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  • antonio banderas

    guys,i need ur help with ur expertise,i dn’t knw which console 2 buy,im a gamer and im basicly just going 2 play games in my free time,so what console should i buy,the xbox 360 slim or the ps3?