Hi, I am thinking about buying a 360, it is the only next gen console I do not currently own, nor have I ever. I have a few concerns about them though so I will shoot off a few questions I can think of right now, may run across more later.
First, the overheating issue. Everyone I know who has or had a 360 has burnt up atleast 1 system. From my uncle who plays maybe 4 times a month for no more then 2 hour sessions, to my best buddy who plays 6 hours a day, 7 days a week. What do I look for when buying a 360 to prevent this issue. Any particular model lasting longer then the rest? Any tips on how to prevent the system from overheating if you are a semi hardcore gamer? I don't play 24/7 but in spurts as my work sometimes takes me away for 1-2 weeks at a time and my gameboy keeps me company then. So when I am home, after my kid goes to bed I like to sit down and sometimes I wont quit for 6-12 hours. Any accessories available to help with this issue?
Is the gold service for online worth it?
Is there a huge difference in FPS' on the 360 compared to ps3 as I hear so often, or is that hype?
How much money am I looking to spend to have a fully wireless Xbox with a keyboard?
Thanks for your time!
The new 360S systems are pretty darn reliable so far. They run on very little electricity compared to the old systems. The system itself is a lot smaller now with a lot of new features.
I have the older 360 system with the Jasper motherboard revision and it's generally acknowledged that from Jasper onward, the 360 has been rock solid. The Jasper system was released toward the end of 2008. I picked two of them in 2009. I've run my 360 hard for many continuous hours without a problem. I even accidentally left it running over the weekend when I didn't realize it was still on.
The gold online is definitely worth it if you have friends to talk to. The party chat mode alone is worth it to me. In party chat, you can be talking to friends no matter where they are on their 360 or what they are doing. You can be playing different games, be at the menus of the game, doing Netflix, etc. and still be talking to each other. Some traditional systems only allow you to talk within the same game session. On other systems, you can't even talk while at the menu selection screen. So you can't even talk to each other about what map to choose with other systems. Some nights, I'll get online just to talk to friends, either with pure voice chatting, or with Video Kinect (the webcam part), or with Avatar Kinect (using avatars in a webchat so you don't have to worry about being in your underwear or having bed hair), and never actually game that night. Pop in some TV show on Netflix and just have fun with your friends.
You have full control over the chat function. If you don't want to hear anybody, you can mute them. If you only want to hear your friends, you can do that. If you only want your friends to hear you, you can do that. If there are particular gamers who are annoying, you can mute them on an individual basis.
If you have Netflix, you can watch movies with each other and talk to each other. Now that my friends and I are scattered across the US since moving away from college, we can re-live movie night no matter where we are in the world.
Gold also gets you some perks such as early access to demos, game discounts, etc. there are other reasons why Gold is worth it, but these were the key ones for me. the actual multiplayer gaming was the least of them.
if you want to meet new friends, it's pretty easy. You have a gaming history that shows all the people you've played with. So if some guy keeps saving you in Gears of War and seems nice, send him a friend request.
for FPS games, there seems to be more 360 gamers consistently. Even if you load up a 5 year old game, you can still find people to play against. On other systems, good luck with old games. Also, regardless of the reason (360 as the primary SKU, difficulty programming with other systems, etc.), 80% of multiplatform games run better on the 360. check out sites like lens of truth or Eurogamer and this will bear out.
the new 360S has built-in wireless. but really, if you're a hardcore gamer, wireless is terrible because of the latency and inconsistency.
I use both a USB keyboard (for when I need to type a lot) and the 360 chatpad. The chatpad snaps onto your 360 controller and works like a cell phone keyboard. I just type so much faster with a real keyboard since I can type over 100 wpm consistently. I actually use the Logitech keyboard for Playstation 2 on the 360 since the USB cable is extremely long and can reach my couch. The chatpad annoys me because my U key is flaky and I didn't realize how much the U is used in real life. I should've exchanged it because it was flaky from the beginning but I don't use it much and as long as I look at the screen when I type the U, I can just pause long enough for the U to register. Otherwise, if my U was like the other keys, I would have zero issue with it. It's even illuminated for nighttime typing.
But yeah, the more gaming systems you own, the better. There's just great gaming out there on any system.