9 things you may actually hate about the new Xbox 360 S

We love the Xbox 360. Its controller is the best ever, it has the best online features, and the way it compresses our gaming careers into a single number is both exhilarating and infuriating. And we love the new Xbox 360 S as well, with its smaller size, race car looks, and much quieter fan. But after some time with it, we’ve noticed a few things that could stand to be enhanced even more, as well as a few “improvements” that simply aren’t. These quibbles won’t matter to everyone, but if they’re important to you, think twice before pulling the trigger on this new hotness.

It still ships with a composite video cable

We really wish this was a joke, but it’s not. Microsoft has spent millions of dollars redesigning and reengineering an already cutting-edge games machine, yet it’s still packing in video cables that have been obsolete since the days of the original Xbox. We didn’t really expect an included HDMI cable – though we’d wager it would only cost Microsoft what, 80 cents each? – but at least add some RGB ends to the existing cord to make it one of those combo component/composite cables. The current situation is like hiring the world’s most renown chef to work at your lush new restaurant but then cutting costs by not buying tables, chairs or plates for the dining area.

Above: The 360 S box mocks us ironically 

The faceplate is not removable (near as we can tell)

Yeah, the black front is more likely to match our living room than an airbrushed Yoda or an anime RPG babe or a bright red sports car or whatever. And yes, we’ve all got a stack of faceplates we no longer use – but that just proves how much we liked swapping them now and then. So let’s all observe a moment of silence for the user’s ability to customize his or her console. It was good. Now it’s gone.

Above: Get used to this look – that cowprint faceplate is an antique now 

There is absolutely no way to connect your memory card

Got one of those nice little beige-and-chrome things that holds your saved games? Be sure to copy everything on it over to your old 360’s hard drive before porting it all over, because that OG memory card simply cannot attach itself to your new 360 S. At all. Oh, and buy a new USB key while you’re at it, so you can cart your gamer profile around.

Above: There’s a dinosaur in this picture. Can you find it? 


The pack-in controller requires AA batteries

Granted, the first two are included (Duracells, even), but how about a little Earth-friendliness, Microsoft? We know you make black rechargeable battery packs and charging cables – we just paid $13 for one – so why wouldn’t you include… oh wait. We get it.

Above: We know it’s meant to be black, but couldn’t it also be a little more green? 

The new hard drive is not portable

You know that whole, “you can take your drive with you to a friend’s house” thing? Assuming you were one of the few people who actually did that regularly, you can forget it. You need to take along your whole system now, unless you like the idea of flipping your system over, opening a trap door on its underside and pulling out an internal drive that is clearly not meant to be pulled out more than once in awhile. We’re actually surprised it isn’t screwed in.

Above: The drive is still technically removable, but portable it isn’t 


  • christopher-schlief - January 21, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    I find the slim to be much louder than our old white one. We got it because our old one red ringed but we were kinda pissed that we couldn't plug in our old HD. i think ill stick to my ps3 our ps3 is the first gen and its still running as new.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 3, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Also, @DJInPJs I'd imagine Gamesradar PROBABLY has a bit more of an idea how the thing works. Also, do your homework before you spell Lesson "Lessen". You already look like an ass, but you'd at least look smarter.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 3, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I'm just pissed they expect us to shell out 250 bucks for a shinier, kinect ready Xbox when the ones we have are perfectly fine. Coincidentally, i DO still have my DS phat.
  • PantherModern - June 25, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    Next time ask yourself, " Am I reaching too far on this one?" Then realize if it even crosses your mind, you probably are.
  • kibbles0515 - June 24, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    I don't have a TV that DOESN'T use composite cables, and I don't have the money to go buy a new TV. What's wrong with composite cables, GR?
  • philipshaw - June 24, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    It's not a PS3
  • avantguardian - June 24, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    @crumbdunky: i too, am a lefty, but would undoubtedly agree that the 360 controller is the best i've ever used...the weight, the triggers, hell, i even like the placement of the sticks...this is after owning a ps1, ps2, and ps3, mind they say, different strokes...
  • BigWillis - June 24, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure it was confirmed that Kinect would work out of the box for the new 360 or the old ones. The difference being that the port on the new 360's would power Kinect, where as the old 360's would plug Kinect in but Kinect it's self would require an AC adapter which is included anyway. I'm certain they said that. Also, this list doesn't have anything that puts me off apart from the fingerprints on the shiny surface. I never remove my HDD and who uses memory cards? They aren't even easy to find and haven't been for a while because no one buys them.
  • krabsich - June 24, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    so did anybody read the beginning of the article praising the 360? the man doesn't hate the 360, he is merely asking a little more from it that he won't have to pay extra for. i think the 360 is the best console this gen, but microsoft does like to nickel and dime the shit out us.
  • mivan - June 23, 2010 11 p.m.

    A/V text is for the A/V port right next to it. The text to the right of the Kinect port is what you are looking for (think it says AUX)
  • brickman409 - June 23, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    the only real things to hate is the overpriced hard drive and the kinect ready thing, everything else is good nobody used those bulky ridiculously overpriced memory cards anyway. plus a lot of people still use a crt screen for gaming that doesnt have HDMI. and besides if your friend has an old 360 cable wouldn't he also have a 360? why don't you just use his 360 instead of hauling yours over to his house?
  • Harleynator - June 23, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    @slickninja , Technically, it can't get the RRoD because it has no LED lights. And, honestly? A PS3? Everyone of my friends, and mine, all broke. although the current Xbox fails, they are working on fixing all the bugs. Do more research before you hate.
  • ZANe1998 - June 23, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    WOW!! these people can really inform me.what a waste.who the F@#$ needs kinect anyway?no portable.that's SH@!.it gets greasy WOW! who would've known looks shiny so it would probaly get greasy.batteries for the controller!!they made it worst for themselves
  • rrpostal - June 23, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    With the speed at which computing tech changes theses days, how can they possibly justify upgrading the casing and shiny parts? Really? I finally broke down and got a 360, so it's not like I hate consoles that much, but until they upgrade the working bits I'll put the $$ into my PC.
  • michaelmcc827 - June 23, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    Come on Eric, Microsoft already announced Kinect will come with a dongle for old 360s. Do your homework.
  • KishouTenpi - June 23, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    The only reason I'd buy the new 360 would be for the larger hard drive and the kinectic port (if it is a kinetic port), so I have no problem removing my hard-drive, I'll just use a portable one to trasfer it between consoles.....
  • markwiglesworth - June 23, 2010 5:25 p.m.

    You forget to mention one more reason : It's completely unneeded, no need to improve on the original 360 - just a waste of money
  • MrSegraves - June 23, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    @slickninja The console doesn't shut down permanently when it approaches what would have been a RRoD. It shuts down temporarily until the system recognizes that the problem is resolved. The shutting down is preventative, not the end result.
  • adamhowes - June 23, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    My god this article is just moaning....and i dont give a shit about Kinetic.....
  • nemesisuprising - June 23, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    ...well all of these will totally affect me so good bye 360 shit

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