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

The new hard drive enclosure is proprietary

When you open up a PS3, the hard drive is revealed to be a simple laptop hard drive – and as such, it is easily replaced if you want to upgrade. When you open up a new 360, you see a normal laptop hard drive encased in an impenetrable plastic shell. Wanna swap this one out? You’re going to need the Microsoft model – which, if the original 360 is any indication, will cost just over twice what it would if it weren’t imitating a mummy in a sarcophagus (at press time, a 250GB laptop drive on is $50 naked and $120 in a 360 sled).

Above: No screws and only one visible seam – this thing must snap together 

The power supply plug has been changed

When we said you need to take your whole system to your buddy’s house, we meant the WHOLE system. Including the power supply. His power brick won’t work for you because the new power socket is funky-fresh and unlike any 360 power connector before it.

Above: It looks kinda cool, but it’s not going to fit any other 360 but this one 

It doesn’t stay shiny for long

Unless you handle it with oven mitts, be prepared for your new 360 to be covered in fingerprints within seconds after you crack the seal on the box. It’s as if the console has the power to make the user’s hands exude bacon grease. Like the power supply and internal drive , this isn’t a huge deal if you just set up your rig and leave it alone. But those of us who are frequently hauling our systems to a friend’s house – and who are vain enough to want a shiny system to look shiny – are going to want to carry a soft cloth everywhere our systems go.

Above: It WAS clean. One 10-minute photo session later… not so much

It’s “Kinect ready”

This isn’t a bad thing for purchasers of the 360 S – it’s a bad thing for existing 360 owners. The 360 S has a special connector, which looks like a sort of notched USB port, already set aside on the back and marked “A/V”. We believe this is where Kinect plugs in.

What’s wrong with that, you ask? No previous 360 model has had this port. So, if you actually want Kinect, be warned you might have to shell out extra for some sort of compatibility dongle or somesuch.

Above: See this? It’s new. And it might just be the new red ring of death for your wallet

Jun 22, 2010 

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  • 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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