3 thoughts on “Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle

  1. 91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a One, but still a lot of fun!, November 6, 2013
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    Chris C. (Quincy, MA) –

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    I managed to pick this up when Amazon had it listed for $249, a bargain in my book (…wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar discount again with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up…). For anyone that doesn’t already have an Xbox 360 and wants a Kinect to go along with it, this is the bundle to get. Microsoft’s most recent “E” iteration of the unit gives it a simpler slightly slimmed down look which blends in nicely with all my other entertainment center tech (the power pack is enormous though, make sure you have room to tuck it away behind something). To anyone that already has a recent 360, there’s not much reason to upgrade, everything else is pretty much the same under the hood.

    The internal 250GB drive should be sufficient to store a decent amount of downloaded games and additional DLC – if you’re considering the 4GB version, be aware that this may limit you sooner than you might think as many disc-based games now make it necessary to offload some content onto the hard drive (even if you have no intention of purchasing fully-digital copies of games). You could always buy a hard drive later, but if the price is right with the 250GB included already, why not spring for it?

    The Forza Horizon game included in the bundle is a digital copy – a card with a download code is included in the box. The two Kinect games have the discs included. The Kinect turned out to be a lot of fun but make sure you have plenty of space. I have the Kinect mounted on the top of my 55″ Panny plasma (make sure you buy the mounting clip separately if you want to mount on top of your flat screen!) and I measured 8 feet from the front of the unit to the edge of my couch, and this turned out to be not enough space, still ended up having to rearrange the furniture. Realistically I would say make sure you have about 10 feet of distance between where you’ll stand and the Kinect. There are some “zoom lens” products sold for the Kinect as well to try to decrease this minimum distance, I have not gone this route as reviews seem to be mixed. But YMMV.

    Finally, I made this purchase fully aware that the next generation Xbox One will be out by the end of the month. I reasoned that the upfront hardware cost for the aging Xbox 360 is a good value for the price I paid, many of the games will be much cheaper (and at least for now, are still widely available), and I anticipate Microsoft will still support the system for a least a few more years even after the Xbox One is released, if prior generations are any indication. As the “E” version is also the last version of the 360 to be made, I’m hoping all the hardware kinks have been worked out by this point. Not comfortable jumping right in with the new One hardware at release, especially after seeing what happened when the 360 hardware was first released. I’m comfortable with waiting 2-3 years before considering an Xbox One when the hardware has been proven and there’s a solid library of games to choose from.

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  2. 134 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent family console + get it today on the lightning deal!, October 28, 2013
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    J. Brunner “techy dad” (SF Bay area) –
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    This review is from: Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle (Video Game)
    I’ve been an Xbox 360 owner for year and it’s been a really great console. This S model is their more recent iteration and it is incredibly quiet and reliable (this is an important point, because the models at the beginning of the Xbox 360’s lifespan were notorious for terrible failure rates…Microsoft has learned their lesson). I won’t waste your time listing all the great 360 games you can pick up, but I will say that the 3 included with this holiday bundle are decent. Forza Horizon is the best of the bunch and if you’re a fan of arcadey (i.e. not simulation) racing games, I think you’ll love it. Kinect Adventures is a collection of minigames that basically show you the type of fun things that you can do with your Kinect sensor. Kinect Sports I don’t own but from what I hear it’s similar to Kinect Adventures, but the minigames are sports-themed instead. Kinect Sports is probably the weakest game of the 3. That said, I have friends that have been interested in getting a 360 and Kinect and I’ve been advising them to pick up a model that includes the larger hard drive (versus the less expensive model that just has 4GB of storage…that 250GB of storage on this model DOES come in handy). Today would be the perfect day for anybody in their situation to pick one up, because the price for this bundle is great!

    One word of warning: if you have plans to play multiplayer games online or use services like Netflix on the 360, Microsoft puts those things behind a subscription service ($60/year for Xbox Live Gold, which gives you multiplayer, access to apps like Netflix, and also a number of free games in their “Games for Gold” initiative. You can find deals on the subscriptions if you search for them so you rarely pay $60, but it’s still something to be aware of).

    And one more thing: If you have kids, I’d highly recommend buying the downloadable game Kinect Party. My 4 and 2 year old LOVE playing that game, and it’s very inexpensive.

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  3. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    What’s new in the latest update xbox 360!, November 19, 2013
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    Last time Microsoft updated the Xbox 360, it was 2010. The so-called Xbox 360 S added some much-needed upgrades to the 360, including built-in Wi-Fi, a larger hard drive, and a smaller chassis. More importantly, the 360 S was quieter, and incorporated a new hardware design that eliminated the notorious “Red Ring of Death” overheating issue that afflicted the 360 since it was first introduced in 2005. For 2013, Microsoft has introduced another version of the 360, known as the Xbox 360 E. But with its successor, the Xbox One, hitting stores in November — along with its arch-rival, the PlayStation 4 — is there any reason to sink $300 into a new 360? And even if you do set your sights on the 360, is the latest model the biggest bang for your buck? I spent some time with the 360 E, and here’s what I found out. The new 360 vs. the previous 360 A bit smaller than 2010’s Xbox 360 S (I’m talking millimeters here), there’s really only a few aesthetic changes to the design of the 360 E. For starters, it’s designed to fall in line with stylings of the Xbox 360’s incoming successor, Xbox One. The 360 E shares a similar glossy and matte mashup with angled grilles on top and on either side for On the back panel, the all-important HDMI connection is still there, but there’s no longer a multi-AV out port. Instead, what’s left is a jack for a 1/8-inch breakout AV cable. A cable for a composite connection (yellow video plus red/white stereo audio) comes in the box, but you’ll need to find a component one for HD. The good news is that the cables are no longer proprietary. The bad news? Still, to this day, you cannot play Xbox 360 in HD right out of the box without supplying your own cables. Microsoft has eliminated some of the versatile connection interfaces that were present on the 360 S — which is actually kind of a bummer. Gone is the dedicated optical audio-out found on earlier 360 models. That means the only way to get surround sound is through the HDMI connection. If you’re like me and have a slightly older AV receiver that can’t accept audio over HDMI, you might be in trouble. If this wasn’t enough, the Xbox 360 E actually removes a USB port as well. You’re probably not going to feel the impact of only having a total of four ports (two in the front, two in the back) as opposed to five, but when you’re paying the same price as a 360 S, one would assume that all the parts would be kept intact. Another slight difference: the touch power and eject controls from the 360 S have been replaced with more-traditional physical buttons. There are, however, a few things that survived the trip from S to E. The 360 E maintains the elusive infrared port (so, unlike the IR-less PS3, you can still use standard remote controls) and a replaceable hard drive (you’ll still need to use the proprietary Microsoft model, not just a standard laptop HDD). What else is different? Not a whole lot. The 360 E can stand horizontally or vertically. The power slot is differently shaped, but the inline power brick from the S is still present. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are still onboard for online connectivity, and the dedicated Kinect port remains. Microsoft debuted the E console saying it would run quieter and cooler. During my few weeks with it I did notice those two things to be true, but nowhere near the dramatic improvement going from a “classic” white 360 (the 2005 version) to the 360 S (2010 version). If temperature and noise are your two biggest reasons for seeking an upgrade, allow me to talk you out of it. Gaming and entertainment options The Xbox 360 is the top-selling game console of this generation with good reason. The game library is top-notch, with all of the top third-party games you’ll also find on PS3 (Madden, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and so forth), plus a handful of key Xbox exclusives, such as the Halo, Gears of War, and the Forza series, as well as the upcoming Titanfall. There’s also a great selection of smaller downloadable indie titles on Xbox Live Arcade.

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