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 buy.com 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