New XBox 360 for 2013 - Beware changes

gkarris

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Was at the MS Store yesterday - they got the new XBox 360 systems in. They unboxed one (4Gig + Kinnect bundle) for a first hand look.

Note there are changes.

PROS: Nicely built and solid. Easy access to hard drive bay. Looks like just a box from the pics but a combination of shiny and matte panels along with decorative vents makes it look nice. Done well for a "box". Layout for ports are convenient.

CONS: Major - no more XBox 360 A/V port. It has been replaced with an A/V Mini plug for Composite Video/Audio (like on a portable DVD player) and has an HDMI Port. That means no more hooking up via the older XBox 360 VGA or Component Cable.

I looked online and specs for the new box has it having the 360 port - this is not true.

Bummer for me, as my home theater is wired for Component (from an old projector - to expensive to rewire for HDMI).

I guess you can use the HDMI to Component video converters that are out (I have one for my 2nd gen AppleTV).
 

blesscheese

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Was at the MS Store yesterday - they got the new XBox 360 systems in.
I'm shocked! Somebody actually went to an MS Store?

On a serious note, that is a pain in the arse...you wonder why they make little changes like that, it can't even save them a nickel, I would think.
 

0098386

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On a serious note, that is a pain in the arse...you wonder why they make little changes like that, it can't even save them a nickel, I would think.
These are the people who opted out of including Wifi in their 2006 console, when even the cheapest (Wii) and the smallest (DS) consoles supported it. It doesn't surprise me to see them not include standard features.
 

gkarris

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I'm shocked! Somebody actually went to an MS Store?

On a serious note, that is a pain in the arse...you wonder why they make little changes like that, it can't even save them a nickel, I would think.
Yeah, I wanted to check out the new 360. People are going there for XBOne pre-orders. They also have a nice theater setup in back for seminars and youth day-camps.

Yes, they have to cut costs on this one since it there's going to be a price drop in Nov. when the next gens are out and Nintendo drops their prices.