CNET reviews Xbox 360 Premium Bundle (8.5/10)

CNET Editor Jeff Bakalar reviews Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium package that is bundled with Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (20GB, HDMI). The review begins with a table chart comparing the three different Xbox 360 models - Arcade/Core, Premium, and Elite. (The chart is attached below.) The reviews then examines these areas: hardware reliability, design, video and audio specs, dashboard and interface, Xbox Live and Xbox Live Arcade, marketplace and media capabilities, accessories, and the game library.

Review summary:

The good: Superior selection of games, including several console-exclusive titles; all games in high-definition; user-friendly Dashboard interface; excellent online gaming and communications via Xbox Live; plays hundreds of (but not all) original Xbox titles; doubles as a superior digital media hub and Windows Media Center extender; online Marketplace allows for easy purchases of downloadable full-scale games, mini-games, movies, and TV shows; latest version offers HDMI output with 1080p support.

The bad: Early versions of the console prone to "red ring of death" system crash; noisy exhaust fan and DVD drive; gigantic oversize power supply; no built-in wireless networking or flash media reader; DVD playback has substandard video quality; support for next-gen HD DVD movies requires a bulky external accessory; 20GB hard drive fills up very quickly; online gaming requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live.

The bottom line: With its extensive digital media features, a superior online service, and an excellent game library, the Xbox 360 remains the game console to beat.

CNET Editors' Rating: 8.5/10, Excellent

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TheXgamerLive3957d ago (Edited 3957d ago )

They also run at barely room temparature and no red ring. So based on that this bundle would be a 10, but an 8.5 that's hilariously "WRONG".

p.s. Who the hell wants to put there family vacation on there gaming console? I have a PC for that. Save the flash media reader, I don't need it.

fjtorres3957d ago

CNET is a rabidly anti-MS site.
Given a choice between reporting on Bill Gates winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his Philantropy and reporting on a mis-spelled word in a Windows help file, they'll report the latter and not the former.
For them to say something even vaguely complementary of any MS product gags them; to have to admit it has superior features and is the console to beat probably choked them and they no doubt had to wash their mouth out with soap afterwards. :-)

From those guys an 8.5 for MS is like a 9.5 from anybody else. So ignore the slightly out-of date info and be grateful they got the rest of the stuff right. And they did say it has a superior game library, no?
Ultimately that is all that matters; the games.