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Detailed review
I've had the Xbox 360 since February 2006, shortly after it's launch in November 2005. For this review, the Wii will not be considered a competitor, due to the fact that it is designed to be used in a different manner, and targeted at a different demographic than the 360 and PS3.

Let me start by getting the negative out of the way. I have gone through over five consoles. Thankfully, I purchased the extended warranty, and each time I received a replacement. It was the best $52.89 I ever spent. Early in the console's life, this was a normal occurrence. The massive failure rate was unprecedented. But time (and better hardware) has decreased the number of failing units drastically. Still, I would recommend Microsoft's warranty plan, just in case.

Now for the good stuff. The Xbox 360 is a well-rounded console, with many benefits over the competition. One of its biggest features is Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming service. Some people would argue that the Playstation 3 has a better online service, due to its cost (free, as opposed to $40 a year for Live). But according to several of my friends, all of which own both consoles, Live is far superior in speed, reliability, and usability. While free is nice, I personally believe that paying just over $3 a month is a fair price for such a great service.

The Xbox 360 also has some of the finest exclusive game titles. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Halo, and Forza, just to name a few. To be fair, the Playstation 3 does have it's share of great exclusives, such as LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet and Clank. However, more and more 3rd party developers are switching to multi-platform. In that respect, a lot of side-by-side comparisons done by big-name sites (gametrailers.com, to name one) have shown that the 360 version often looks sharper, crisper, and more detailed.

The Xbox 360 can also be used to stream media to your TV. It supports several formats, including DivX, MP3, and of course WMA and WMV. The 360 can be synced with your Netflix account, allowing you to stream movies from the internet.

Overall, the Xbox 360 is a great console.