The Pro X-Box Thread

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by StevenK, Apr 18, 2002.

  1. StevenK

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    After seeing all the negativity surrounding the Xbox on this forum, I thought maybe it'd be a good idea to post some of the great features I (and you) think the Xbox brings to the table. HOpefully, this will help others who don't have the XBox realize how cool it is. Please don't let this degenerate into a PS2 vs. XBox thread. The PS2 is awesome and I would love to have one also...especially for GT3, but let's keep this thread on the Xbox.

    I'll start - Aside from the obvious--simply stunning graphics....

    DD-encoded games are where it's at. Hooked up to a half decent sound system, and a good DD-encoded game like Halo completely immerses you.

    Hard drive! I didn't even think about this one when I bought it, but no need for memory cards! Yay! It helps offset the cost of the DVD kit when you don't have to worry about getting memory cards. Plus, it's great to rip CDs to the hard drive and have that play during your game.

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  2. Morgan Jolley

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    Isn't there a videogame console FAQ thread for things like this?
     
  3. StevenK

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    Well, yes...but it doesn't cover all and doesn't provide opinions or praises...which is what I'm hoping to accomplish with this thread.
     
  4. James D S

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    Steven,
    Seems that the state of the Box on this forum is following the proper cycle. First, the honeymoon period where the Box was seen as the savior of hard-nosed gamers and now we are seeing that there a chinks in the armor. No big deal. It's better than having almost NO discussion, like another certain recently launched game system.
    The Box is strong and through honest "negative" discussion, it'll get stronger. Who wants for everyone to be blowing sunshine up our bums all the time. Let's keep it real.
    But, in keeping with the thread: I love my XBox! [​IMG]
     
  5. Steve Deacon

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    As someone who has participated in one of the negative threads, I'd just like to say I'm not trying to talk the xbox down. It's a fine machine, and most of the negativity centres on things like the price, and the marketing.

    Now that MS have re-priced it in Europe, I'm pretty sure there'll be plenty of new satisfied owners.
     
  6. Joe michaels

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    I see plenty of positive remarks regarding the XBOX. Unfortunately I think most of us would like to see some more high quality games. It seems we have 3 new consoles that are better than anything we have seen and yet, there isn't much to get excited about.
     
  7. walter wagers

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    A pro-XBOX thead? Is such a thing possible on the internet without trolls or fanboys chiming in and pissing on the parade? I gotta say I'm a bit hesitate to enter this discussion at all since I'm just now coming back from suspension stemming from this very thing, but what the hell, somebody has to stick up for the XBOX. Just look over in the software section- someone brings up how much they like Halo, and a couple of guys bring up how they think either PS2 is better, or how overpriced the 'BOX is. A nice little discussion on the merits of Halo, which just degenerates into another opprotunity to bash the XBOX. I won't mention any names, but the chief offenders of this type of thing know damn well who they are. You just know no matter what, you'll see the same people post something negative just for the sake of bad mouthing the system. Now that I have the rant portion of my post out of the way, let me tell you what I do like about the XBOX-

    A built in HD. That's supposed to be good, isn't it?

    It's ready for internet play right out of the box.

    Stunning graphics and sound, natch'.

    It makes a decent DVD player.

    It's American. I know the actual units are made outside of the U.S., but it's still produced by an American company. And I'd just as soon give my money to a large, souless American company as a large, souless Japanese one.

    It cost the same as the compitition, but has many features as standard that would cost more in the way off add-ons on them.

    People argue that it's about the games, but I'd have to say that the 'BOX has a pretty damn nice line-up for it to be so new to the game. I could afford multiple systems (something I don't think the average BOX-bashing PS2 fanboy could), but I can't justify dropping another $300 just to see if something like GTA3 (the only PS2 title that interest's me) lives up to the hype.
     
  8. Matt Birchall

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  9. Camp

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    It's better than my Gamecube (which is refered to as the 'dust collector').
     
  10. Carl Johnson

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    Having dealt with numerous console launches I would have to rate the X Box as above average. Halo is the best launch title that I've played and the sport game ports are enough to keep me satisfied for now. It took many years for previous consoles to come up with a respectable list of software so I'm not going to rush to judgement on X Box. Doing so for Sony or Nintendo would have made me miss out on Metal Gear or Goldeneye.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
  12. Andre F

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    StevenK,

    I don't own an XBox but probably will in the future. I'm very surprised by this thread because I don't see much bad mouthing of the Xbox at all in this forum. Sure, there are a few who don't like it but, overall the folks here seem to really like the Xbox. In fact I sometimes get bored due to the overwhelming (as compared to other consoles) amount of XBox discussions.

    Anyway, I think the Xbox is getting to the point where is starting to become a good buy. There is now a solid list of games coming out for the system. I will probably wait for a price drop but, I'll grab one in the future.

     
  13. Paul Richardson

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    Interesting how this has turned from the "Pro X-Box" thread to the "Anti Gamecube" thread.
     
  14. Mike__D

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    I'm not putting down my 'Cube, but it is really collecting dust at the moment, while my Xbox is getting a workout.

    Wait after mid-summer, the little 'Cube will pick up...

    As for as the Xbox... well, my buddy has a LAN in his house, I'll bring my Xbox over there, and we'll get some crazy games of 16 player Halo going. Nothing like a few cases of beer and 16 people "killing" each other. Great fun indeed!
     
  15. David Glenn

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    mmmmmmmmmm, beer & killing

    Pro# 666 - Cruising in Rallisport to my favorite rips.
     
  16. paul h

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    I will be picking one up next week at £199 and maybe it's just me or something to do with the PAL conversion but i spent a few hours with an XBox last week and was disappointed with Halo's graphics, detail was great but the frame rate was poor, even with not much going on on-screen. Also played with Wreckless which was ok, TonyHawks3 was good as expected but graphically i was most impressed with JSRF even though the game doesnt appeal to me that much. I have the same opinion as a few others in that there's are very few XBox games i want right now...looking forward to games like Unreal Championship.
     
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  19. Yoshi Sugawara

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    I think X-Box has been generally getting favorable impressions here, especially since it supports what we like - realtime Dolby Digital 5.1 and HDTV support.

    But, I think the majority of people out there don't have a 5.1 capable system yet (or don't care), and a vast majority don't have HDTV's - so that means most people can't appreciate these features of the X-Box. Those of us with 5.1 setups can rave about hearing an enemy on your left surround speaker, but the average Joe won't notice.

    Even those in the gaming industry have very superficial knowledge about 5.1 and progressive scan, so these features seem to get downplayed for the average gamer...
     
  20. Sean Oneil

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    I don't think that anyone has bashed the Gamecube on this thread. IMHO, if you went out and spent $199 bucks on the system, then it entitles you to mention if it is currently collecting dust. That's a lot different then someone who does not own a GC saying something against it.
    Personally, I can't wait for Resident Evil, but pickins' have been slim since Rogue Leader.
    On topic: Yes, I like my X-Box. It is great. That is all. [​IMG]
     

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