This would be a good time to buy an Xbox

Not a 360, but the old, “obsolete” model. Game’s flogging a brand new Xbox with a copy of Far Cry Instincts for ninety quid, which is a pretty significant saving (and a pretty decent game), and there are various other bundles on offer including an identically priced King Kong game bundle. Unlike the 360 there’s loads of games for the Xbox, and thanks to the combination of eBay and game exchange programmes in gaming shops and even video shops, you can pick up pre-owned games for pennies. I’d particularly recommend Half-Life 2, which has frequently made me think “I’m amazed that this game’s a console game”, and Halo/Halo 2.

It might not be sexy – strike that. It isn’t sexy at all, it’s horrible, hideous and loud – but the Xbox is incredibly cheap for what you get, and its multiplayer support means even the oldest game gets a new lease of life on the interwebs. And as the current crop of games shows, there’s life in the old dog yet.





0 responses to “This would be a good time to buy an Xbox”

  1. David

    the 360s louder.

  2. Really? Bloody hell. My Xbox sounds like a 747 taking off.

  3. David

    It has multiple fans. Its quite quiet when using the dashboard/media connect stuff or watching DVDs but when you put a proper 360 game in it starts to sound like a hoover. The new PC graphics cards are the same. As Tom once pointed out “Just listen to the technology”.

    On a timing POV – now is probably the best time to buy an xbox since they’ve stopped production worldwide (apparently) so prices will only be cheap for a while. I saw an offer the other day – can’t remember where but it was in a daily paper – that was about £150 and included 2 new games (£80), 12 months live subscription (£40) and a steering wheel (about £40) so the console was less than £30.

  4. tm

    Actually the current generation of nVidia cards seem to be doing quite well on the noise front. most of them seem to have a fairly large (and therefore quiet) fan built into the heat sink assembly which isn’t too bad at all unless you are *really* throwing vertices about.

    Sorry, tangent…