PostBy: gambler On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:47 pm

I want to get my son an x-box for christmas. My question is, I see them on line for $199 to $599 what gives. Are the more expensive ones better or newer technology or smaller? I don't want to end up like the ps2 he has now. Not many games made for it and you can't play the ones he has on a ps3. I am totally illiterate when it comes to gaming so any help or advice you can offer will be appreciated.
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Re: X-box

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:48 am

Same one in the picture? Did he say he wanted Xbox?

My nephew has Wii and I'll have to say that is most ingenious system I ever saw. The younger kids love it and it gets them up off the couch for a lot of games. He gets mad bacause I'm gamer from way back and sit down to race him once and while and beat him. :lol:

As far as the Xbox goes I'm not up on what's current but most of these systems nowadays blur the lines between computer/entertainment center. They have hard drives , can play Blu Ray discs etc.

Looking at the Xbox page the only major thing I see in the comparrison is this:

[b]OVER 300 XBOX

What a joke, they make you pay for backwards compatability. Haven't looked but I bet there's hack around to make standard one compatible.
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Re: X-box

PostBy: gambler On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:24 am

Richard S. wrote:Same one in the picture? Did he say he wanted Xbox?

No he has not stated he wanted x-box. But, He plays many of the poular car racing and driving games and his all time favorite games are "Monster Jam" games. And typically the monster jam games are available for x-box, ps3 and pc. I guess if I had bought an x-box years ago I would not be buying a new system now.
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I have both...

PostBy: eelhc On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:26 am

I have both the Wii and the XBox 360... Both are fun but they are not really competing for the same market.

The Wii is a great toy for everyone
There are more casual, fun for all games available for it and good for parties. Nintendo has much better for Wii only (exclusive) titles (they have the Mario franchise) and really cater to the pre-teen gamer. One would buy a Wii to play Mariokart and Zelda.

The XBox is a great toy for the more serious gamer + entertainment hub for everyone
I have XBox Live Gold (~$3/month) + Netflix ($10/Month). For less than the cost of a DVD/month, I can stream tens of thousands of Movies + TV shows in HD right to my TV through my XBox. The same can be done through on a PS3 through the PSN (Playstation Network). PSN is free so all you need is a Netflix membership.
The XBox networks to my PCs and Servers and I can stream music stored in these devices to the XBox and play them through a stereo (or just the TV).
XBox 360 exclusives (Halo franchise, Forza motorsport...) are great but not enough so that one would buy the XBox over the PS3/Wii to play them.
Used games and accessories are generally more readily available and less expensive for the XBox. I buy most of my games used on eBay or half.com.
Accessories (extra controllers, rock band guitars...) are MUCH less expensive for the XBox.
You can play original XBox games on the XBox 360 (not all though) with a free download... hare's a list: http://support.xbox.com/en-us/xbox-on-o ... inal-games

The games released across all 3 consoles (sports games, racing games, first person shooters..) look much better on the XBox and PS3 (of course... it's in 1080p HD). Practically none of these games make good use of Nintendo motion sensing technology and the controls are much better/responsive on the XBox. Some of these games look like an afterthought of a port on the Wii.

My kids are 6 and 8 and if I had to keep only 1 console it would be the XBox 360.

One word of caution... Do not buy a used XBox as they had some hardware problems early on (early PS3s had some prices as well). These are pretty much fixed now so new store bought units are rock solid. Buy at least the 60GB XBox.

I'm no fan of Bill Gates and Microsoft but all things being equal... I'd rather buy a console from an American company than a Japanese one. Nothing against the Japanese and practically all of the consoles are made in China anyway but at least the profits stay in the US.

The prices vary on the XBox 360 consoles vary because they have bundles and limited edition consoles. Here's the one I would buy ($299... elite console with 2 games).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product

I suspect prices will drop as one approaches the holidays and the retailers put deals together.
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Re: X-box

PostBy: gambler On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:19 pm

eelhc, Thanks man!! I will take your advice.
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Re: X-box

PostBy: gambler On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:05 am

I bought the xbox elite console that eelhc gave the link to.
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Re: X-box

PostBy: e.alleg On: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:03 pm

The Nintendo Wii also plays Nintendo Game Cube games and accepts the game cube controllers and memory cards. That was a big selling point for me as my kids probably have a grand in Cube games :D
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