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#1 of 73 OFFLINE   Kami

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Posted November 14 2005 - 02:09 PM

http://www.halomovie...com/xbox360.php

I'm on cloud 9!!


Administrative Note: I've decided to create two threads regarding the XBOX 360 here in hardware
  • An official discussion thread
  • An official REVIEW thread (this one)
After a bit of thought I realized that a lot of people will be getting these boxes shortly (thanks to Kami for starting the ball rolling) and it would probably make sense to have a place where people express their initial feelings. Let's try to keep the reviews here and discussions/questions in the other thread to sort this out a bit.

Thank you.


#2 of 73 OFFLINE   Jeremy Allin

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Posted November 14 2005 - 02:28 PM

Just read your impressions, Kami and linked them to our little forum. If you get bored of it in a day or so, let me know, I'll drive the 90 minutes there and pick it up! Posted Image

#3 of 73 OFFLINE   ShelbyB

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Posted November 14 2005 - 06:25 PM

Good link. Looks totally rad. Your site may have made me fall into the getting one court. Looks like a ton of nice compatibility with a home PC.

#4 of 73 OFFLINE   Romier S

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Posted November 14 2005 - 06:27 PM

Good writeup Kami. Thanks!

#5 of 73 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

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Posted November 15 2005 - 12:05 AM

Damn!

Am I to understand that you don't need a networked Windows Media Center PC in order to use the WMC extender on the 360? From your description it looks like all that is needed is the software that ships with the 360, connect it to your network, go to your PC that holds the media files, and configure it to share. I have an older PC with my MP3s, it's running XP but is not a newer WMC PC.

As these reviews start coming out it's going to be harder and harder to not buy this thing at launch. Posted Image
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#6 of 73 OFFLINE   BrianB

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Posted November 15 2005 - 02:05 AM

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Am I to understand that you don't need a networked Windows Media Center PC in order to use the WMC extender on the 360? From your description it looks like all that is needed is the software that ships with the 360, connect it to your network, go to your PC that holds the media files, and configure it to share. I have an older PC with my MP3s, it's running XP but is not a newer WMC PC.

You can share photos & music from a regular XP machine. To share video, you need a WMC PC.
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#7 of 73 OFFLINE   Chris Bardon

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Posted November 15 2005 - 03:24 AM

Nice writeup-glad to see that someone actually wins those contests Posted Image I definitely like the idea of being able to share content from a standard PC though-that's certainly another selling point for me. Still, I'm going to have to wait until next year sometime anyhow-no money, and no HDTV to really appreciate the 360 on.
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#8 of 73 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted November 15 2005 - 06:34 AM

Great writeup, keep it up Kami!






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#9 of 73 OFFLINE   Michael Toguchi

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Posted November 15 2005 - 07:44 AM

Excellent writeup! It makes me long even more for th 22nd to come around. You can bet that I will be waiting for those doors to open to pick my TRU pre-sell.
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#10 of 73 OFFLINE   RAF

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Posted November 15 2005 - 08:59 AM

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Nice coverage, K.

This makes it definite that my next laptop will have Windows Media PC on it instead of XP Pro. I can't wait to pipe my 360 through my Runco FP at 720p/1080i on a 110" screen.
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#11 of 73 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted November 15 2005 - 02:43 PM

What kind of a projector are you running there anyways? (DLP? LCD? 480p? 720p?). Look niiiice.

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Posted November 16 2005 - 09:56 AM

Just hit up the Kiosk yesterday and played the same game for a few minutes at BestBuy for the first time. I agree, that game in motion is the best looking game I have ever seen in person. I really want the 360 bad but I think I'll wait until Morrowind comes out in March. Unless, of course, Santa sneaks one under the tree next month Posted Image

#13 of 73 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

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Posted November 16 2005 - 10:42 AM

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You can share photos & music from a regular XP machine.

Awesome. Posted Image

While I'm thinking of it, will the 360 then act as a central WMC hub just as if it were a PC? In other words, could I buy the WMC extender kit for the original Xbox I have in the rec room and feed off the 360 for my MP3 library as well?
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#14 of 73 OFFLINE   Chris Bardon

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Posted November 16 2005 - 11:29 PM

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I really want the 360 bad but I think I'll wait until Morrowind comes out in March. Unless, of course, Santa sneaks one under the tree next month


Trust me, you're not the only one in this position. I'm convinced that there'll be a price drop/bundle of some sort mid 2006 that will save you a few bucks. The delay for Oblivion is also a huge factor, since I spent WAY too much time on Morrowind for the PC back in 03.
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#15 of 73 OFFLINE   Jordan_E

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Posted November 17 2005 - 01:00 AM

Wow.
I mean...wow.
I wasn't really getting into the 360 hype, but things like this make me wonder if I should even try heading out on that day, to some small shop, and cross my fingers.
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Posted November 17 2005 - 02:15 AM

I've considered whether to get a new game system, and retire my GameCube. However, at nearly $500 for the system, I'd rather save the cash for my next computer and wait for the eventual price drop.

Now, if I hadn't bought a house, I'd have easy cash for frivolities... Posted Image

#17 of 73 OFFLINE   Kami

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Posted November 17 2005 - 07:26 AM

Hi guys

The Projector is only a Infocus X1 and it looks amazing when I feed it 720p. A lot better than 480p even with the X1's limited resolution.

I also tried it on my Toshiba 50h82 in the living room in 1080i and it looked great, but I prefer the big screen gaming so it's back on the PJ.


#18 of 73 OFFLINE   Darren Haycock

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Posted November 17 2005 - 10:16 AM

Those pics are on an X1??? Holy cow! I figured you had a 720p projector at least. At least now I know that my 4805 should be able to pull off a nice image!
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#19 of 73 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted November 17 2005 - 11:49 AM

Well I officially cooled off on my 360 purchase (no thanks to Kami! Posted Image ).

When DOA4 slipped off of release date charts, and with Madden missing some features that I want (replay challenge and the ability to import from NCAA 2005--that game hasn't been BC'd for the 360 and I doubt they'll do it), plus the fact that I really, really want a video iPod Posted Image will most likely make this a XMas/BDay (in Jan) purchase for me.

Bummer, looks like it's going to be a couple more months until next-gen hits the Medina house. Posted Image

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#20 of 73 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

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Posted November 17 2005 - 12:30 PM

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I'll wait until Morrowind comes out in March.

Ouch. I hadn't heard that it was dropped from the launch titles.
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