The Xbox 360 Slim is here and while its $299.99 price is usually looked at as expensive when compared to the price of the original Xbox 360 console; the Xbox 360 Slim will actually cost a lot less than the original Xbox 360 in the long run – and here’s why.
The Xbox 360S Ships with a 250GB Hard Drive
The original Xbox 360 console can support up to 250 GBs of hard drive space while the Xbox 360 Slim comes bundled with a 250 GB hard drive right out of the box. When I bought my original Xbox 360 console it came bundled with a 60GB hard drive and in order to upgrade to a 250GB original Xbox 360 hard drive, I’d be forced to shove out an additional $129.99. I paid $249.99 for my original Xbox 360 console and adding an additional $129.99 would automatically drive the price of the original Xbox 360 up to $379.99.
The 360S Has Native Wi-Fi Support
If you’re looking to get untangled and stop using wires for your online gameplay on the original Xbox 360, you’ll be forced to pay $99+ for a wireless Xbox 360 Wi-Fi adapter, but there’s no need for such a pricey Wi-Fi peripheral on the Xbox 360 Slim. The Xbox 360S already supports Wi-Fi with its inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter, which will make connecting to the internet a lot easier via the Xbox 360S – and will also serve to save you $100+ “smackeroos.”
The Xbox 360S is More Energy Efficient than the Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 Slim was made more efficiently and will consume less power than the original Xbox 360 which is better for the environment – and your light bill. The Xbox 360S will only consume 0.6W while powered off while the original 360 can consume up to 2.8W while powered off and the original Xbox 360 can consume up to 177.8W while playing Halo 3, while the Xbox 360S only consumes 87.0W while playing the same game.
The Xbox 360 Slim Has In-built Xbox Kinect Support
The Xbox Kinect motion gaming peripheral will hit stores shelves during the 2010 holiday season and will make the Xbox 360, the first in-home gaming console that won’t require using controllers to play games. Native Xbox Kinect Support might not seem like that much of a big deal until you start to think about how much it’ll cost to connect the Xbox Kinect to an original Xbox console that doesn’t have Native support.
The Xbox 360S is RRoD Proof
The original Xbox 360 had a hardware failure rate of over 52% of all of its consoles purchased and most of those hardware failures were due to the infamous Red Rings of Death (RRoD). The RRoD was usually due to overheating, heat sink separation, and tons of other hardware issues that plagued the original Xbox 360. Xbox 360 fans lost lots of money due to the RRoD that resulted in expensive service fees and buying extra console. Well, “ain’t no” RRoD on the Xbox 360 Slim due to its new motherboard and upgraded internal hardware.
For more, read Why 2010 was the Best Year Ever to Be an Xbox Fan , 5 Xbox 360 Problems Solved by the New Xbox 360S Console , and Can the New Xbox 360 Hardware Make Up for a Shaky 360 Past?
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