What You Need to Know Before Buying Xbox 360

Xbox 360 has been famous for its several outstanding games, but it was also infamous for the red ring of death. However, if you want to complete your gaming collection, it is still a worthy console to invest in because of the selection of games.

Console Specifications

The Xbox 360 has a 3.2 Ghz PowerPC tri-core Xenon CPU and 500 MHz ATI/AMD Xenos graphics. It has a memory of 512 MB GDDR3 RAM which clocks at 700 MHz. The original models had 3 USB slots, the slim has five, and the elite has four. It is also compatible with 461 Xbox games so if you already have an extensive library of the previous generation, this is a good investment.

There were several iterations of the console released over the years, mostly to improve issues that have plagued the older models. Perhaps you have heard about the red ring of death, so if you are worried about that, you should look for Xbox 360 S (slim) and Xbox 360 E (elite) models instead of the original.

Console Variations

At the launch of the console, there were two versions to choose from such as the morning Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 Core. Later, other versions such as the Elite package, Xbox 360 Arcade, Xbox 360 Super Elite and Xbox 360 Pro or Premium were also released. If you are looking for a used model in game shops, it is important to be able to distinguish between the different models and their slightly confusing names.

The most common models you might find (and are probably cheap) are the Xbox 360 S and Xbox 360 E. Xbox 360 S also comes in 4 Gb, 250 GB, and 320 GB models. Just remember the highlights for the following versions:

  • Xbox 360 sometimes have no HDMI outputs especially in the earliest versions and its Arcade model does not have a hard drive
  • Xbox 360 S has a built-in Wi-Fi and is better at addressing overheating issues
  • Xbox 360 E has to AV port and audio digital optical connection but only has HDMI

Basic Accessories

When it comes to accessories for the Xbox 360, basic necessities should include at least two controllers, charger, battery cover, memory card, and a hard drive. However, you can also look for other accessories to complete your Xbox 360 experience such as network adapter, Xbox 360 Kinect motion sensor, and USB microphone.

You may also need wireless remote, HD component cable, extra AV cable, a quick charging kit, breakaway cable, keyboard chat pad, speed wheel, Xbox communicator adapter module card, aviator stick, Xbox 360 intercooler, arcade stick, skateboard controller, fishing rod controller, draw tablet, turntable, shot rifle, and other special controllers for specific games.

Best Xbox 360 Games

You can find tons of first-party and third-party titles for the Xbox 360, so if you are in luck, look for these amazing games to add to your collection: Crackdown, Gears of War, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Infinite Undiscovery, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Dance Central, Mass Effect Series, Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, Tenchu Z, Forza Motorsport 3 and Forza Horizon, Otomedius Excellent, Beautiful Katamari, Alan Wake, Fable 2, Left 4 Dead, Import Tuner Challenge, Over G Fighters, Brutal Legend, Red Faction: Guerilla, Shadow Complex, The Orange Box, Portal 2, Super Meat Boy, Mark of the Ninja, Ninja Gaiden II, The Outfit, and Perfect Dark Zero.

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