The new Xbox 360 Slim has saved the gaming world from the dark past of the original Xbox 360, but while the 360S added new features and rid the world of the RRoD, these are five additional features the Xbox 360S needs to start supporting immediately.
Microsoft has been fighting off Blu-ray technology since the HD video format to was featured by Sony years ago, but now that Blu-ray is the de facto standard for high definition videos, it’s time that Microsoft gives fans what they want by adding Blu-ray to the Xbox 360. There have been rumors that Blu-ray would be making its way to the Xbox 360 and Sony has no qualms with allowing Microsoft to do so, so what’s all the waiting for? Blu-ray needs to make its way to the Xbox 360.
Can we have a web browser already?
Fact: Microsoft is the author of the most popular internet browser on the face of the planet, Internet Explorer. Fact, Microsoft is the only current gen gaming console that doesn’t have a web browser. Microsoft keeps adding new features to the Xbox dashboard including Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm, Zune, and Netflix support, but there would be no need for all of those add-ons if Microsoft added a web browser on the Xbox 360. Heck, even the Nintendo DS and PSP allow web browsing so how is it that the most expensive video game console – also the only one that charges for online gameplay – not have web browser support?
MKV video support
Having the ability to stream movies from your computer via the Xbox 360 is one of the features that makes the Xbox 360 major kickass. Microsoft brought lots of glee to its fanbase when they added Divx and Xvid video support on the Xbox 360 years ago, but nowadays MKV is the video format of choice. MKV allows great video size compression while retaining great video quality and can slice the size of an average AVI file in half without losing any quality. Streaming video via the Xbox 360 is almost perfect, all it needs now is MKV support.
5GHz Wirless-N support
Not everyone uses wireless internet to connect to Xbox Live, but the ones that do would much rather opt for a 5Ghz Wireless-N connection than a 2.4Ghz connection. With the wireless adapter for the original Xbox 360, both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz networks were accepted, but the new Xbox 360S doesn’t support 5Ghz at all. Hopefully Microsoft fixes this issue in the future because 5Ghz dual-band support is a must have for serious gamers that play Xbox Live.
External hard drive support
If you were the owner of the older original Xbox 360s, you are probably used to the Snap-On attachable external hard drives of the Xbox 360’s past, but the new Xbox 360 Slim has done away with the external hard drive of the Xbox 360 and added an internal hard drive instead. The new interenal hard drives of the 360S makes using your old Xbox 360’s hard drive impossible, costs a lot more than the PS3’s internal hard drives, and can lead to heating issues in the future. External hard drives should definitely make their way back to the Xbox 360 on the new Xbox 360 Slim.
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