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Topic # 14535 8-Jul-2007 18:50
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trying to decide so any help would be appreciated. reason i am asking is i read an article regarding hardware failures and reliabiltiy issues. one being over heating etc. also is the hardrive upgradable or is the release of the 360 120GB model coming to NZ soon?

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  Reply # 77359 8-Jul-2007 19:21

You can buy the 120GB hard drive and it will work on the original core Xbox360 systems ($230)
The Xbox360 Elite was rumored to come late July, looks like its August 23rd now (You can pre order for $849 on gpstore.co.nz)

I have a 360 at the moment and have had no issues with overheating, and it sits near a lot of electrical gear in a poor ventilated area.
A few of my friends had the original model that came out (with the Hitachi drives) and they have had issues with the DVD drives, however Microsoft has replaced all of them with the Toshiba-Samsung drives (which are in models made after November last year) and have had no issues since then.

I believe Microsoft just extended all 360 warranties to be 3 years instead of 1 which is an added bonus.




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Reply # 77363 8-Jul-2007 20:02
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whew...awesome thanks for that, was pretty set on 360 till i read the bad press . will go preorder as i may be cheaper to buy the unit pre installed with 120 GB instead of buying one now then upgrading..thaks again

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  Reply # 77379 8-Jul-2007 23:25
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Personally, I'd suggest against buying a 360 until they have fixed the hardware issues.  Read online, you'll see lots of people who have 3 or 4 replacement machines.  The highest I've read is 12.  This will be an issue that will last a long time, I think.  Plus, Microsoft staff have repeatedly lied about the issues and only a month ago said it was 3-5% fault rate.

Hopefully it will be fixed by the end of the year. The 3 year warranty is just for the 'red ring of death', a standard warranty applies just for other faults.

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  Reply # 77468 9-Jul-2007 16:21

the Xbox 360 fault (that Forza 2 often brings out) is a design fault. "X-clamps" are what people are calling this, you can re-fit the heatsink with less torque to avoid the problem in the meanwhile but essentially, XBox 360's sold *today* are faulty. I'd wait for a new hardware revision, or take that 3-year warranty.

I'm most impressed by the PS3, you can change the hard disk on that yourself, it is just a 2.5" SATA laptop hard disk. Instructions are printed in the manual. Not as many games for the PS3 yet tho.




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Reply # 77482 9-Jul-2007 17:31
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BUGGER!!!!!



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  Reply # 77573 10-Jul-2007 11:49
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playstation 3 price drop of US$100 in america, micrsoft holding on price drop to match re xbox 360. wondering if the new elite will have price drop built in when released here in NZ

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  Reply # 77580 10-Jul-2007 12:23
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Blah!  Don't buy a console untill christmas....Trust me...65nm xbox 360 processors will be way better and make the console crash much less, and hopefully there will be a price drop in the ps3 so there will be more of a choice...



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  Reply # 77598 10-Jul-2007 13:30
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yeah think your right as looks like the console war is going to heat up  so be interesting to see xmass promos. still disconcerting re hardware failures on the 360, i read even the Elite just released overseas is having some issues

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  Reply # 77601 10-Jul-2007 13:47
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I checked with EB and voiced my concern regarding XBox 360's 33% failure rate in UK, and they seem to suggest that those are most likely from the launch version.

I took it as a grain of salt, and will wait for Elite version to come out. Even though MS has more than a year with Xbox 360, it is safer and wiser to wait a bit longer for 65nm chip and wait and see what Xmas is bringing. At the moment I'm happy with Wii. so if you want a quick gaming that doesn't burn your pocket/wallet, Wii is pretty good in my book. We actually enjoy having it more. The games in NZ are a bit on the low side, but compare to PS3, it has more games and much for fun. Depending on what sort of gamer you are too.

We/I am planning to get Xbox 360 Elite when it is 65nm, mainly for XBLA gaming and a few XBox 360 only games.




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  Reply # 77615 10-Jul-2007 14:53
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would anyone know if the elite will retro play old xbox (pre xbox 360) games

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  Reply # 77621 10-Jul-2007 15:23
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Xbox 360 elite is like Xbox 360, the difference is it has HDMI added and is in black colour. All other "elite" accessories are already available, in black.




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  Reply # 77779 11-Jul-2007 18:35
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PS3 should come down on price this week by 200 bucks (I hope)...

Wait til E3 is finished, and decide on the games that are going to be available

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Reply # 77794 11-Jul-2007 20:11
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polg: PS3 should come down on price this week by 200 bucks (I hope)...

Wait til E3 is finished, and decide on the games that are going to be available


So sad. Microsoft's E3 presentation ended with a whimper.
They showed a Halo 3 themed Xbox 360 and accessories, said "thank you" and finished up with a preview of the game.







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Reply # 77827 12-Jul-2007 09:50
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Just as bad... Sony bring Chewbacca on stage with a Star Wars themed PSP - a slimmed down version of the handheld gaming device.







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  Reply # 77885 12-Jul-2007 19:41
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yeah that's a good question! does x360 play hddvd or blueray? ps3 does, however i wonder if anyone here can make use of it, the video ezy guy who rented the ps3 out had never heard of hdmi cables or blueray discs! if we get blueray movies i'm getting the ps3!




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