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Xbox 360 Core Console [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Edition: Core
  • All games are in high-definition -- supports 16:9 televisions, 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions with anti-aliasing
  • Supports Memory Units starting at 64MB and 20GB hard drive
  • Supports Xbox 360 HD-DVD player add-on for high-definition movie playback
  • Backwards compatible with many original Xbox titles (requires Hard Drive)
  • Multi-channel surround sound compatible (requires Component HD Cables)
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Product Details

Edition: Core
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000B43OXU
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 12.5 x 7 inches ; 20 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Edition: Core

Product Description

Comes with: Microsoft Xbox 360 Core System Power Supply and Cord Audio/Video Cable 1 Wire Controller

Xbox 360 sets a new pace for digital entertainment. More than just a cutting-edge game system, Xbox 360 also integrates high-definition video, DVD movie playback, digital music, photos, and online connectivity into one sleek, small tower.

About the Xbox 360 Hardware

Xbox 360 with wireless controller
Xbox 360, shown with separately sold wireless controller, is a sleek, customizable gaming and entertainment system.

Xbox 360 is much smaller than its predecessor--it measures approximately 3.3 by 12.2 by 10.2 inches and weighs 7.7 lbs. It's powered by custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU with three symmetrical cores each running at 3.2 GHz. It also carries a custom ATI graphics processor with 10 MB of embedded DRAM. This is powerful enough to draw 500 million triangles per second. In other words, it makes for great looking games on standard TVs, and even better looking ones on HDTV sets thanks to built-in support for HDTV (720p/1080i/1080p) resolutions.

The unit has a 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM drive, which plays both the game media and progressive-scan DVD movies right out of the box (the optional Media Remote is sold separately). For game-save and media storage, users can choose between 64MB flash Memory Unit, or a detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive (sold seperately). Along with storing files, the hard drive will make the Xbox 360 backward-compatible with part of the existing Xbox game library.

Xbox 360 uses a refined button layout for its controllers. Back and Start buttons sit at the center of the controller and between them is a new Xbox Guide button, which instantly takes the user to the Xbox 360 user "Dashboard" interface. From there, they can check for friends online, access personal digital content like photos songs, and more. The black and white buttons of the first Xbox controllers have been replaced with new shoulder buttons placed above the left and right triggers. The Xbox 360 can accommodate up to four wireless controllers and has three USB 2.0 slots to use for wired controllers or for streaming your digital media from digital cameras, MP3 players, and any Windows XP-based PC.

Xbox 360 user interface
Xbox 360 can manage your games, your online friends, and your personal digital library.

About Xbox 360 Games and Media
All Xbox 360 titles can be played in either standard or high-definition resolution in 16:9 widescreen, with anti-aliasing for smoother graphics. Game designers will be able to take advantage of the system's multi-channel surround sound. The Xbox 360's digital media allows users to supplement any game's music from tracks in their own personal library.

About Xbox Live
A built-in Ethernet port allows users to connect their system to a broadband connection for access to the new Xbox Live service. The included Silver membership lets anyone create a Gamertag and gamer card to express your online identity, chat live with voice chat (separately sold headset required), and connect to the Xbox Live Marketplace to buy and download expansions, maps, and other digital goodies for your games. Upgrading to a Gold membership adds to that online competition, game stats, demos and video chat/messaging. The separately sold wireless network adapter supports the common 802.11a, -b, and -g standards.

What's Included in Core System

  • Xbox 360 console
  • Wired controller
  • Detachable faceplate
  • Xbox Live Silver membership
  • Standard AV cables

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
79 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This! September 23, 2006
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The Xbox 360 is a good system, but do not buy the core system because you'll regret it in the long term. Eventually you will want to save your games, make your old Xbox games backwards compatible, use Xbox live, etc, and without the hard drive you can't do any of that. I bought the core system and shortly after I realised that buying a memory card instead of the hard drive is pointless because the HDD costs about the same price as 3 memory cards and has more storage space. With the premium system you get more for your money, so I suggest you wait until you have an extra hundred dollars and then buy it and skip the core system now.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY December 1, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Gift for my son. Didn't buy the hard drive, etc because he can buy that stuff himself. I DID buy the warranty. My other 2 sons own these and both have had overheating issues.

Also, use a separate, small, plug in fan to help keep the unit cool. Do not buy ANY "Cooler" that plugs into the unit.

Think about it; You have an electrical item that is overheating. HOW is something you plug INTO THE UNIT THAT IS ALREADY OVERHEATING going to help? It won't. It will use more power and cause further overheating. This would account for the number of reviews I've read saying that the plug in cooler melted into their system. Also, good luck getting Microsoft to honor any warranty, regular or extended, if an off label peripheral caused a problem.

An external fan, using its own power source works much better.

Oh, and shame on a company like Microsoft for even making this something we should have to worry about.
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69 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GET THE SYSTEM THAT COMES WITH A HARD DRIVE INSTEAD December 7, 2006
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Put simply: do not buy this product.

The Xbox 360 comes in two versions: this bare-bones version, and a full-featured version that comes with a hard drive. The bare bones version is a little less expensive at first glance, but is more expensive in the long run.

For example: all games, and any use of Xbox Live, require some kind of memory storage. The bare-bones system does not come with any memory. You *have* to buy it seperately, which eats up 1/2 the price difference between the Core and the full version. Another example: the Core does not have high-def output cables. If you have a Core and you want to actually see the fancy graphics that the Xbox 360 is producing, you have to go out and buy a set of expensive cables--which eats the other half of the cost difference. If you want a wireless controller you have to buy that separately too, and now the Core is more expensive than the full version.

In conclusion: if you want the Xbox 360 experience then buy the full machine, not this crippled "core" version. It's like buying a car without wheels--pretty to look at, but doesn't actually get you anywhere.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get the core! Spend a little more! February 21, 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Don't get the core version of the 360, get the the Premium. With the core, you can't play original Xbox games, you can't save a game, you can't go on Xbox Live, you can't do squat. Get the Premium and you can do all that. Don't buy a 360 for the Kiddies; the 360 catalog is, with a very few exceptions, all rated Teen or higher, most, and most of the best games, are rated M, which means blood, guts and the F-bomb. Buy the Kiddies a Wii. The 360 is for those who want to play the latest and greatest games, and are willing to pay 60 bucks a pop to do it. You CAN save money on games by renting or buying used, they depreciate rather quickly. The 360 is also for those who want the best online console gaming experience. If your not going to get Xbox Live, don't even buy the console. For most 360 games, the online multiplayer, with a few exceptions like Oblivion, IS the game. If you've not got Xbox Live, you're only getting half or less than half of the game. For most avid gamers the Xbox 360 is just the way you get on Xbox Live.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game system December 20, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have a PS3 and a 360. While they're both powerful at the moment the 360 is my clear favorite. Gears of War, Rainbow 6: Vegas, Oblivion and Call of Duty 3 are all big reasons why, along with top notch video on demand (downloadable TV shows in high def quality - nice!). I also really like to try before I buy and almost every game has a demo you can download on XBox Live prior to dropping the cash for the full game. Very well done, Microsoft! I still think the Premium version is a better deal because the hard drive and wireless controller are more than worth the extra $100 but if you're strapped for cash this is still a great system.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware June 8, 2007
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start by saying that I loved my xbox360 and would have recommended it to anyone who asked until this week when I got the 3 red lights of death. I have owned every video game system since the Atari 2600 and I have never ever had a problem with any of them. But with my Xbox 360 as of late I have had nothing but problems.

I turned on my xbox the other day for a Guitar Hero II session, and I was player for about 15 min when the system just turned off. When I turned it back on I had not video or audio and 3 red rings on the front of my xbox, so I called customer support and they told me it was a Hardware failure and they would need me to send it in. They were going to send me a box and the whole process should take about 1-2 weeks.

Well one week went by and I still had not received my box in the mail yet. So I called them up again, and they told me the box was never shipped and it would be sent out today. Strike one.

So then I asked them if I could just mail them the Xbox on my own because I ship UPS everyday at work and it would be alittle faster, and the answer was no. I asked her why and she said because they do not do that. And again I asked her why and she repeated herself, so I asked to speak to a manager.

The Manager got on the phone and had an attitude before I even said a word to him. I explained my situation to him and he basically told me there is nothing I can do I have to just wait for the box. I then asked if there was anything they could do to compensate me for the delay, and he told me "No, we do not compensate our customers for anything" . I then said that what happened to the Customer is Always Right position in the business world. And he just repeated himself again. I told him to have a good night and hung up the phone.
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This console is by far the best you're gonna get this generation. Microsoft has come along way when you compare the Xbox 360 to it's brother the Xbox 1. Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by F. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great customer service
I've seen some previous reviews and highly disagree with 'em. People, if you wanted memory alongside this, you shoulda read the description better. Read more
Published on July 3, 2008 by B. Stratton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good System
We love the Xbox, only problem is once in a while it refuses to read our disks! Have to keep trying to load CD, eventually they are played, but sometimes takes a while, otherwise... Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by Marcie Schulz
4.0 out of 5 stars Original core system just died
Pre ordered it 11/05 got & it a week after release. Purchased the hard drive when it released as well. Read more
Published on June 5, 2008 by Thomas M. Hastings
1.0 out of 5 stars Xbox tampered with - wtf?
I am in shock. The Xbox360 was alot of fun until I got the red rings of death. I called Xbox help and they sent a box. I followed the instructions in the box. Read more
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