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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now's a great time to grab a 360., October 12, 2009
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First of all, I'm a PS3 owner and have been nearly since it's launch. I really love the PS3 and think it's a great system. I had considered buying a 360 many times but kept passing over it after hearing of all the problems it had and just figured I didn't want to deal with the chances. Well after seeing this bundle with the new price cut and finding out this bundle is definitely the latest "Jasper" version I went ahead and purchased it. The two included games aren't exactly *amazing* but they're still pretty good and it's definitely a good deal to get both of them included for no added cost.

So far I've noticed the system does seem to run a good bit cooler than my brothers original launch model 360. I'm also really enjoy the new menu system for the 360. Or maybe I should say newer, I'm not sure when it came out, but I prefer it over the older "tabbed" style menu previously used. Overall I believe now is a great time to grab a 360. Since it has been out longer than the PS3 you do have access to more titles and more titles that are cheap. Some of the systems best games can easily be picked up for $29.99 now. The ability to use Netflix on the system is also really amazing. The menu system and the integration to the Xbox menu is top notch, it definitely doesn't feel like an after thought.

Thus far my only gripe with the system is how Microsoft uses it's point system for purchasing items. I much prefer just buying a game for say $6.99 from the Playstation Network than more or less being forced to buy considerably more points than you need to be able to grab one game. For example, you want to purchase a game that's 1200 points, guess what the smallest you can add is 1000 so you're then forced to jump up to 4000 points (which I believe equals twenty dollars) to be able to get the game. You're then left with odd point amounts and it's really just a pain! It seems pretty deliberate to grab more money out of consumers.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2009 1:01:00 PM PDT
Mikey says:
"guess what the smallest you can add is 1000 so you're then forced to jump up to 4000 points (which I believe equals twenty dollars) to be able to get the game. You're then left with odd point amounts and it's really just a pain! It seems pretty deliberate to grab more money out of consumers."

Thats wrong. You can add little as 500 points at a time through the Xbox's menu. Just add your CC and you can buy them from 500 - 4000.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 11:52:59 AM PDT
You say you notice the Jasper runs cooler, but can you please tell me if you notice it running _quieter_ than the previous gen 360? Specifically fan noise and DVD drive noise.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009 10:41:02 AM PDT
jbay says:
4000 microsoft points = $50

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009 10:43:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2009 12:23:50 PM PST
Video Guy says:
I have a Jasper, and I can tell you it definitely runs cooler, because it's my fourth refurb XBox and the first that has gone more than six months without overheating, causing the RROD or E74 error. It is not, however quieter. Still sounds like a table-top fan. Also, now that Microsoft has finally addressed the overheating problems, the DVD drives are starting to go out en masse. Starts with the ocassional disc read error, then escalates into the drive not being able to read any disc. This is a great gaming platform, but the build quality of the hardware still hasn't caught up to the promise of the software. Sony's got the opposite problem. Bulletproof hardware and specs, operating system's still a little rough around the edges. Choose wisely.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2009 10:47:58 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2009 10:57:31 AM PST
T. Pew says:
My Jasper has a very soft hum when it's running that you can't possibly hear when playing a game. It's very quiet, though not quite as silent as the later model PS3s. The DVD drive does sound like it's grinding the disc into little bits though so I just install all of my games when I get them and that goes away entirely.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 7:00:26 PM PST
"guess what the smallest you can add is 1000 so you're then forced to jump up to 4000 points (which I believe equals twenty dollars) to be able to get the game. You're then left with odd point amounts and it's really just a pain! It seems pretty deliberate to grab more money out of consumers."

Why not use your head and buy two 1000ms point units instead of 4000 it's not perfect but why buy 4000 when you can buy 2000? Is it appropriate to say "duh"?
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