This article looks at the decisions taken in to account when upgrading to the Xbox 360 Elite from the Premium console and asks if it's really worth it.
Can you really justify spending £300 on an upgrade?
I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade. The only true hardware difference was HDMI, and now all 360 consoles with have that.
The only way I think an upgrade would be justified for me is if my console were out of warranty and I wanted the extra HDD space. The hit you take on a trade doesn't make up for the difference between upgrading and buying a new 120gb HDD.
true next-gen console
I have a PS3. A Wii, too.
The Premium in the picture has buttons on the left side. That's hardcore.
It don't matter if you're black or white...
as long as you know which....
I think if you are a first time buyer and the extra hard drive space will come into play, the Elite is the one for you.
If you don't intend on DL'ing videos, demos, game add on and expantions, yadda yadda and KEEPING THEM on your HD, you really do not need it. The bigger HD is the MAIN difference now ....
I like to keep my Demos so I just bought a 120GB drive for my premium (plus walmart marked it wrong and I got it for $100) and I must admit I really do like the extra space. Plus by buying it I got the transfer cable in the box .. NICE !!
I do not mention HDMI any more since ALL 360's will now have it. One thing with the elite is you get the AV adptor (the one to use HDMI and OPTICAL OUT) at the same time where as you do not with the premium and it runs an extra $50.
BUT .. was around it are as follows ...
Push you audio AND video to your TV with the HDMI and then go OPTICAL from your TV to you Amp via OPTICAL (or better yet run HDMI right to your amp if it has it)
Just break off the hard case around the HD cable you get with it and BOTH will fit as seen here:
especially now when the only main difference is the HDD size. As long as they play the same games, i'm fine.
and all you have to do is upgrade the HDDrive. which is cheaper than replacing your console every 3 months because M$ decides to add a PS3 feature
.. but dude, your comments are so fvcken stupid.
The 360 is a fantastic console with killer games and killer online. Open your eyes and see that. I am not telling you to buy a 360 or take the t!t of Sony out of your mouth any time soon .... but give up the BullSh!t ........ PLEASE !!
All you do is make yourself look like a bigger tool than you already are.
HDMI is becoming the standerd cable for HD video. Thats not copying from sony. I like the compent beause my tv is old.
I love how a larger hard drive is copy sony, and probly also dell all the computer manufactures -_-
I was lookin at buying a ps3, does it come with one of these
M$ is a joke company. idc for any of there systems, i wonder how many people still have a 360 that brought them.
Just buy a ps3.. Its way better than these to choices..
£300 for an upgrade... Why not keep the premium and saves those £300 for a PS3 and then you have both consoles? Seems to that if you really like gaming that would be a good choice. But that's just me...
Unless you already own both systems, but then you could spend the money on games, since there's a giant load of games out and coming.
I do enjoy that the Elite is fully 1080p compatible. That is because I have a 1080p TV. The larger HDD is cool to have. If you are concerned about the price just sell your 360PRO for $300.00 and pay the $150.00 to upgrade.
But in all if you have a 360 there is no real need to do so the 360 at any level will play your games on the same level.
I sold my 2005 premium to a friend and bought an elite. I needed hdmi and the 120 gb hd cause I got a hdtv now and I intend to download hd movies from xblm as soon as the movie service starts here in Holland. I also had to have the black finish.
I bought the Pro system at launch and managed with it until it ROD on me August 1st. During my time with the Pro I had to keep up with my demos by deleting old ones I hadn't played much in order to make room for my new ones. There was quite a bit of managing with the HD in order to make sure I always had at least a spare 5gb on hand.
The Elite sounds like a luxury to me. For $100 more it has two selling points over the pro. First is the HD which would basically give me a carefree attitude with demos, trailers, and XBLA titles as I could just keep throwing stuff on it. The other big point is that it COMES with the HDMI cable. Many say HDMI is no longer an issue since Pro has the port, but you still need to fork over $50 more for the cable if you own a Pro regardless.
Anyway, it's like I said, I can manage with the Pro. It's going to be a matter of do I want to? Hopefully the upcoming holiday ads (black friday perhaps) will make the decision for me, because I'll jump on whichever unit has the better sale/offer.
Best way to decide:
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Will I need the hard drive space in the future? Out of 20GB, you can typically only use about 13GB. Plenty of room for gamesaves and the occasional download...
BUT, if you're planning on downloading lots of demos, HD content (there's more and more of that on Live every month), and other Live content, then that extra HD space can be worth it...I've been downloading everything possible that I want, and I still have more than 90GBs left.
2. The HDMI cable is included, but HDMI cables run pretty cheap online, so buying one isn't that big of a deal. But the Elite also includes the audio adapter for stereo/digital surround. And the MS-brand HDMI cable is a decent one.
3. Black versus white? Not a big deal to some, but my Elite looks so much more at home amongst my other black and silver electronics than my Pro(s) ever did.
Just some things to consider.
Nice post ...
Someone disagreed with my expression of thanks? Wow.
Either upgrade to a Ps3 or keep what you already have.Why spend more money on the same system with just a larger hd,hdmi,color?If you don't have a xbox360 but want one then definitely get the elite,hdmi does make a difference.
not everybody can.
Not to disagree, but sadly games drive consols, not there calbes and harddrives. I think most ppl dont even know what they do, it just sounds better. IE, my nebhor
My home boy plans to get an Elite, his first Xbox 360 (he already has a PS3). I would say that's a wise decision for anyone who is getting their first 360. I, on the other hand, already have 3 extra white wireless controllers. I don't wanna have a black system with 1 black controller and 3 white controllers. It wouldn't match. So I'm not gonna upgrade. I'll just get the 120gig HDD like Mickey_Gee did.
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