93
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
93

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Summary

Microsoft's 2010 update to the Xbox 360 added a number of key features, including built-in WiFi, less noise, and circuitry designed to prevent the overheating issues that plagued earlier models. The Xbox 360 edges out Sony's PlayStation 3 for our top recommendation thanks in part to its larger game library, the best video apps on any console, the Kinect, and Xbox Live, which still provides a far better online multiplayer experience than the PlayStation Network (even if it isn't free).

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Model
4GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
4GB Kinect

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
4GB Kinect Nike+ Bundle

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
250GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
250GB Kinect

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
320GB Limited Edition Gears of War 3

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
320GB Limited Edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
320GB Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Halo 4 Limited Edition

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Tray loading)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical) (5.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100 [Fast Ethernet]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Power

Power adapter
External
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