Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy now?

I've tried to resist. I told myself that I was too old, that it was too much money, that I'd never get enough use out of it, that my PC was fine. But Chris's latest episode with WoW was the straw that broke the camel's back. I can't resist anymore. I've got to get with the times.

I'm going to buy an XBox 360.

But I have a *lot* of questions that I'm hoping some of you experts can answer, such as:

1. Which version should I buy? (I'm guessing the 60 GB Pro)
2. Where should I buy it?
3. Should I get some kind of anti-RRoD warranty from where I buy it, or does it come with one from the manufacturer?
4. Are there any must-have accessories that don't come with it? For example, I noticed it only has one controller.
5. This is now three things going into the back of my TV (DIRECTV, DVD, XBox), which has only two sets of connections. Does anyone else have that problem? What device do you add in between?
6. Can I connect to Live through my regular DSL connection? How tricky is that to set up?
7. Who's going to play NHL 09 MMO-mode with me?

Responses in this thread are fine, answers in person at DL on Monday are even better (in case I think of other questions). Thanks!

PS: No, I'm not going to buy Rock Band. I'm going to hold out for RB2.


At 7:19 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

OH no!!! Someone's going to play NHL online? My last shreds of resistance may be failing...

At 7:21 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

It is odd that you should post this. I just had a conversation with Ben last Saturday, I think, that I need to get with the times and get an x-box, or i will, when FFXIII comes out cross platform. Let me know how it goes.

At 7:22 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

BTW - this news has been circulating on the grapevine:

Come early September, the Xbox 360 prices will fall to reflect something like this:
Xbox 360 Arcade (no hard drive) to $199
Xbox 360 Pro (60GB) to $299
Xbox 360 Elite (120GB) to $399

At 7:30 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

As for the 3 connections, I just got a simple 4 port switch at an electronics store (actually, it may have been Target) for around $15. Sure, I feel like I lost a war in that I walk up to the TV to switch between the DVD and Wii, but what else can I do? (I lost a bigger war having the Wii and not the XBox).

As for Rock Band, I've beaten another 10 songs on Hard (now I'm stuck on Flirtin with Disaster and Train kept a rollin) and the first set on expert guitar.

At 8:02 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

oooh i could afford an xbox then. maybe. but do i really need the 'live' portion. decisions, decisions.

At 8:45 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

For the love of God don't buy an Arcade.

I think the price drop already happened on the Pro right?

Lets see.

1. Jon and I have the Elite but I think when we bought that the Pro was 20GB which is relatively small for possible DLC buys.

2. I don't have a strong opinion. I've bought both of mine from Best Buy but that was because I couldn't find any elsewhere when I bought mine.

3. Microsoft seems to be very viligant about replacing RROD xboxes. A store warranty seems unnecessary.

4. See answer to 6.

5. You could probably use some sort of AV switch for that. I'm sure they sell that type of stuff at radio shack.

6. Connecting to Live through DSL shouldn't be a problem. Assuming you are operating through a wireless router you have two options:

1. Shell out about 100 bucks for a wireless adapter that plugs into the back of the xbox (Chris and Jon went this route)

2. Run an ethernet cable from your xbox to your router (my preferred method although it is somewhat obtrusive).

Setting up your router to allow the xbox free access to the net is dependent on the router but relatively easy.

If you aren't using a router you will have to run an ethernet cable directly from your dsl modem to your xbox whenever you want to use it.

7. MMO mode? Massively multiplayer online? Is this like that football game you were talking about? Intriguing. I haven't bought a Hockey game in a while though.

PS. Resistance is futile Sean (and sorry about day one of Dark Knight).

Xbox live silver is a free service. But to play most games online you would need Gold.

For RPGs and such, you are probably ok with no gold service. But even something as simple as playing Ticket to Ride with world champion Steve will need gold.

At 8:51 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

They just dropped the price on the 20GB models to $299, with the 60GB introduced at $350 - but word has it that the 60GB will drop to $300 within a few weeks time.

At 9:48 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen (evil Emperor cackle).

Of course, you'll also want to upgrade to a large HD flatscreen, 5.1 (at least) audio receiver with HDMI switching and speakers, and have a large comfortable recliner with drink holder and built in fridge.

I like the DVD remote control accessory, though its very optional. A second controller is pretty optional, unless your spouse wants to play split screen co-op.

I think XBL Gold is very good, unless you're only going to do RPGs, of which there are precious few on the system. Still, I think with XBL Silver you can still buy download content (DLC) and game patches.

TTR on the X-Box is terrific fun.

I picked up the Elite system, though with all the DLC I have, I've only used about 10GB.

FFXIII is releasing on X-Box 360 on launch day.

At 10:34 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

The issue being, FFXIII is on both platforms. FF Versus XIII which is a concurrent story line with FFXIII is PS3 only. Stupid SquareEnix. Can't make up their mind and make my life easier.

At 10:52 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Ok I watched a few videos on the NHL 09 MMO mode. It looks interesting.

EA has not been filling my heart with glee with their most recent offerings though. I'll wait to see some reactions.

At 11:43 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Ok it looks pretty badass. I might be in for that.

At 11:26 AM, August 18, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Hmmmm... I'm just not a hockey fan. I'd love to do a Madden 09 on-line league if we could get enough people involved.

At 9:58 PM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

Get an HDMI cord if you play on an HDTV. Period.

You can get them cheap online (~$20).

At 11:06 PM, August 21, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

He doesn't.

I think Madden cuts off the edges of the screen on us standard tv people.

You can't see corner blitzes coming at all until they are right on top of you.

Hey but at least our calibration is good. Hurray.


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