I’m a little pissed off. My original Xbox has been completely out of commission for a year or so. It pissed me off at the time, but I had already gotten an Xbox 360 by the time it completed its death so I quickly got over it. But lately, the 360 has been having issues. It craps out when loading from the disc drive and says the disc is dirty or damaged…it does this on brand new, perfect discs. Some games are worse than others, probably due to the way they’re designed to load data. I’d love to get it fixed, but it’s out of warranty and would likely cost about $150. And now there’s this.
It’s the legendary black Xbox 360 – now known as the Xbox 360 Elite. What’s different, you ask? It’s got an HDMI port (for high-def audio and video output) and a 120 GB hard drive. It’s supposed to be quieter and cooler, but if it doesn’t yet have the new 65 nm processor in it, it doesn’t seem very “elite” to me. Of course, it could all just be an early April Fool’s joke, but a revision is definitely reasonable and none of the listed features are outlandish. But the bottom line is – it’s rumored to cost $479, which is too much for simply including three times the hard drive space and sticking a new port on the back. I would’ve liked to have seen a built-in HD-DVD drive (especially for that price), but apparently Microsoft isn’t confident enough in HD-DVD’s ability to overcome Blu-Ray to include such a drive (which would only benefit movie playback). Wi-Fi would’ve been an easy new feature to incorporate too, especially if they could stun consumers and provide tighter Zune integration.So now I’m pissed for several reasons:
- This supposed new system costs too much and offers too little extra.
- The current system configurations should be cheaper by now.
- My 360 shouldn’t be crapping out on me so soon – its predecessor lasted longer, though it did die completely and without warning.
I’m probably going to have to end up replacing my system eventually (probably before Halo 3)…I’ll hold out for price drops, rather than new, more expensive systems.