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  • Pete Davison 11:16 pm on December 8, 2011 Permalink
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    @ajguy I get what they’re trying to do, they’re just not going about it in a particularly good manner in my opinion. I don’t have a Kinect, so voice commands and swipey-swipey controls are out of the question, and Bing search is far too cumbersome to use with a controller.

    There’s a lot of ads. That doesn’t bother me personally, though I know it’s pissing a lot of other people off — particularly given that Gold members are paying for the service only to have it full of advertisements.

    The Game Marketplace is poor. Browsing through a long line of pretty cover art may be fun with Kinect, but it’s not conducive to good controller-based browsing, particularly given that the order of some titles seems to be almost at random. The fact that Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Live Indie Games are now buried even deeper into menus than they were previously isn’t going to help either of them — and XBLIG was already suffering from its lack of exposure.

    There’s a nice “filter” option when browsing your games lists (and probably in other places, too) but it’s not obvious that it’s a filter. It’s a green square that says “Show” on it, with no indication what that might do. Just the simple addition of an icon or something would have made that clearer.

    I dunno. I’m sure we’ll all get used to it in short order, but it doesn’t seem like a particularly great upgrade to me at the moment.

     
  • A.J. 5:12 pm on December 8, 2011 Permalink
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    So what do you guys think of the new Xbox dashboard? I rather like it.

    I do wish cloud saves were a bit more liberal. As it is, you basically have a 512mb memory card in the cloud. I’ve got 800mb in Skyrim saves alone! I can see it as a place to keep save files for games I’m currently playing, them move them off when I finish the game. I just wish it was a bit more iCloud like. Just keep my most recent saves from each game uploaded and not make me worry about storage space or manual management.

    I excited to try beacons. I’ve been editing a project all week, so no time for multiplayer gaming, but I’ll certainly be exploring the feature this weekend.

     
  • scribl 6:56 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink
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    I’ve played my PS3 less than my Wii this generation. The last disc I put in it was Heavy Rain.

    As for the 360, well, my special Halo 3 edition (the ugly green one) crapped out right before Thanksgiving. No RROD, but it stopped outputting video. Tried it with three different wires on two different TVs. I’m pretty sure it’s finished. And just a few months after the three-year warranty expired. They’ve gotta have a timer on these things…

    That said, I used this as an excuse to pick up one of those lovely black slim 360s. Y’know, I get that the Kinect bundles are sold out all over the place, but it’s crazy how hard it is to find just the standalone 250GB 360 slims, especially right before Christmas. Microsoft must be going crazy.

    I finally caved and picked one up off eBay, new in box, for $5 over MSRP. Should be here by the end of the week. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be rid of the fucking tornado machine. Sweet silence from now on.

     
  • RocGaude 7:57 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink
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    @beige I can vouch for @feenwager‘s warning and suggestion about HDMI switching. Your best bet is grabbing a new receiver that can handle everything. It just doesn’t make sense to spend the same amount of dough on a one-hit wonder.

    As for the PS3, I’ve been thinking the same thing. Looking at sales numbers, Sony seems to be content on being the current gen leader in Europe and Japan. I agree with their low key approach to the Move which seems to be working for them. It doesn’t make sense for them to go crazy with their marketing until they release some key games that show off what it can do for enthusiasts.

    I think Sony’s biggest fault is its insistence on leading the 3D push. I think Nintendo will knock it out of the park with the 3DS but that’s a “right product, right time” case.

    Finally, @beige’s XBox 360 Slim isn’t the only one that’s had disc drive issues. My son’s brand new Reach model just pooped out on him. Lame.

     
  • feenwager 2:35 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink
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    I’ve been living with the new xbox 360 for a few weeks now, and I’m pretty pleased with it. In real life, it’s just as quiet as the ps3, and it fits nicely under my tv, so I don’t have to stand it on end behind it. I’ve actually moved my multi platform mindset back to the 360 because at the end of the day I prefer the controller and xbl to psn.

     
  • bigdaddygamebot 7:58 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    @scribl I think initial hype listed USB ports at 5. 2 on the front and 3 on the back.

     
  • feenwager 7:51 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    Latest observation: It gets warm. Mighty warm. There is ventilation on all 3 sides. I’d recommend giving it some room.

    @scribl I knew about the flash drive deal, but I didn’t have a big enough drive handy, and buying one of those would have been at least 20 bucks. I count 2 USB on the front, and I think I spied at least one on the back.

     
  • bigdaddygamebot 7:47 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    @feenwager Thanks for the WiFi info. And no spots for Memory Cards? That’s a bit of a ball-kick. People WILL be irritated by that but all in the name of progress I suppose.

     
  • feenwager 7:44 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    @bigdaddygamebot when you boot up, the system recognizes that there is a WiFi adapter “plugged in” and offers you the opportunity to set it up.

     
  • feenwager 7:43 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    @beige No, it’s $20 which is kind of a rip, considering the NewBox doesn’t have spots for memory cards so it’s the only way to transfer your data. And then once you use the cord, I can’t really imagine ever needing it again. Basically a group of local friends should chip in to buy one and then pass it around.

     
  • bigdaddygamebot 7:43 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    @Feenwager WiFi Sir. How’s the WiFi play out?

     
  • feenwager 7:18 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    Ok, some more thoughts.

    Is is “whisper quiet”? Not exactly. It’s noticeably louder than the PS3 Slim, but it’s much, MUCH, quieter than the OG 360. No complaints.

    The optical drive is approximated 73680 times quieter and less clanky than the previous model.

    The new machine is indeed a dust and fingerprint magnet.

    The eject and power buttons on the front of the console are a bit sensitive. I’ve already accidentally hit them both.

    The transfer cable works as advertised, although I found the menu a little backwards. It selects everything by default and you tell it what not to bring over. I had about 30GB to transfer and it took about 25 minutes. Everything seems to be working.

    The controller is a bit different. Both analog sticks and the d-pad are black, and the Xbox button is shiny chrome. Did this perhaps happen in the past year or so and I just haven’t noticed?

    The headset is smaller and is also black.

    The power brick it about 33% smaller than it once was. Still not sure why it has to be there at all.

    Overall, I’m pleased. I will definitely use the 360 more often now, since I still prefer the controller to the PS3, and I like XBL better than PSN. Good work by Microsoft.

     
  • feenwager 6:41 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    I posted a comparison pic on my Facebook page if anyone is curious about the size difference between the two consoles. I’m doing the file transfer now. More to come…

     
  • zegolf 4:28 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    I’d also be interested to know what the hard drive looks like. It changed, right? I’m wondering if this means the old hard drives will be slashed in price? Not that it really matters. I don’t plan on filling up 250GB any time soon.

     
  • feenwager 4:25 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink
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    It’s noticeably smaller and lighter than the Elite. It fits in the same space on my TV stand as the PS3 Slim. Yay!

    It still has a fairly large power brick. Boo!

    I know this is a tease, but I have to run out for a bit so I can’t hook it up yet. I’ll let you know more later.

     
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