Xbox 360 Slim vs Elite

The Xbox 360 is almost five years old. By this point in the SNES’ life, Nintendo’s machine was dead. Launched in 1990, the SNES was battered by the PlayStation in 1994 and Sega’s Saturn in 1995. The PlayStation lasted longer than most – replaced by the PlayStation 2 in 2000, but the Saturn was effectively dead by ’98 and the Nintendo 64’s life was artificially drawn out by the drip, drip, drip of one game a month until 2001. Consoles live and die in five-year cycles – and the 360 is nearly there.

The Gameboy Advance got just  five years and the DS is about to be replaced. The Xbox and Gamecube barely lasted three years and the PS2 managed only five before the 360 forced everyone into a premature new console generation in 2005. So, the 360 is supposed to be dead. But it’s not just alive – it’s reborn. The new 360 is slimmer, lighter, uses less power and runs more quietly than its predecessor. The first of the new 360s have been running in US homes for nearly two months, with only isolated incidents of failure of the kind you’d expect from any major hardware launch.

For the first time, it’s a 360 you can count on – reliable and well-built with a brand new motherboard and integrated CPU and GPU. Read about all the changes below, and decide for yourself if it’s worth trading up.

Xbox 360 Elite

The classic 360 is still a fairly elegant piece of hardware with its sligtly curving lines. Whether the matte finish appeals is a matter of taste. It certainly keeps the finger prints at bay. Let's see about the details, shall we?



Xbox 360 "slim"

It's hard to argue that the new 360 isn't sexy, although some will of course not prefer its somewhat weird angles, and the shiny gloss will naturally look like a dusted crime scene mere days after unboxing. So how does it match up when compared to the Elite?

If you don't care about Kinect or a wireless connection, the new 360 loses considerable appeal. Of course, if an ethernet cable just isn't a possibility for you, the slim becomes an easy choice, considering the Elite has no built-in capability. Elites, are, of course, much harder to come by these days, which could be a selling point in itself, if you're the rare collector type. In the end, though, let us not forget that the new 360 promises an escape from the pervasive red ring of death - not a complete escape, but it improves the odds considerably.

Which design do you prefer?

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  • Rockstar1208 - November 28, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    If I wanna play multiplayer can i play with the accesories they gave me in the box or i must buy something that is not incuded?
  • KaiokenKid - August 6, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    I would maybe go with the redesign. I think the reduced noise, extra reliability, and reduced power consumption is worth the bit extra money.
  • InsertWittyNameHere - August 6, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    Is it wrong to want the new slim even if I already have the elite??? Modern Warfare 2 edition, no less.
  • killerhi5 - August 5, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    the only reason i wont get the slim is because i have a shitload of games on my elite's harddrive that if i swith i lose all that time i spent playing so i dont think a new shiny finish is worth it
  • mista_prince - November 24, 2012 1:12 a.m.

    No u don't just update to get the 320 gb and buy a data transfer cable that's what I did
  • icbacomingupwithapropername - August 5, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    I think that for people who don't have an xbox the slim is obviously the way to go but if you've already got an xbox all set up and you use it I don't think there's any point in buying a new one unless yours red rings.
  • Kage_No_Shi - August 5, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    My 360 20GB original RRoD'd a short while before the SLIM announcement, and it was out of warranty. Didn't like the idea of giving MS more money, but I got a slim. Included Wireless was certainly a boon, to say nothing of having 250GB of space (huge difference from the 20GB I had before).
  • sterlins16 - August 5, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    the slims 300$ by the way
  • AZCardinalsfan762 - August 5, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Just got the elite last november. i plan on keeping it even after the console dies :)
  • egregious - August 4, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    I seem to be the only one who isn't too fond of the Slim's design. I love the original Xbox 360 design, but I feel if I ever wanted to play wirelessly, I may as well shell out for the Slim than invest in the Wireless N adapter.
  • AnonymouZ - August 4, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    man... i only want a 360 for a couple of rpgs it's got... but... i don't think i wanna spend money on that just yet. maybe when i finally get a job tho... xD
  • ImanSain - August 4, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    I have my Elite, and what's horrible is XBOX is getting rid of all of the Elites and Arcades, Elites are going at $250, and Arcades at $150, they started selling them at reduced prices a few months before the S model came out. I have a Jasper Chip in my 360 and I have never had an RRoD issue, however I purchased the 360 when it first came out and it RROD'd 3 months later lol! Then I got another one cause that’s when EBX did warranty’s before Gamestop took them over, and that RROD'd 6 months later, I purchased my second 360 after that and it RRoD'd a year later. I was freaking out, but I refused to get a PS3, so I got the Elite in March 08, and purchased it in Best Buy with a 3 year Product Replacement Plan, so now for three years if anything goes wrong I get a Elite. Problem is if there is no Elite, they are going to give me a 360 S. When I purchased my Elite it was $499. Wait one year, they are going to make a 360 Slim Plus or 360 Slim Elite, or 360 Take it in the @$$ while we give you some Customer Service, I love my 360 but every few months they make a new model. Just wait... every big game has a Console now; no one is going to buy a Console because of a great game except for some rich kid or gets all their stuff from mommy and daddy. No one who works hard for their money and pays bills, and busts their ass working is going to buy a console for every game they love because it’s a "Special Edition", I am going to wait for the Slim Elite and see if it’s better. I never go with a first generation of a new model. I am going to wait until they find problems and upgrade it and come out with a better version which should be in the winter time around Christmas. Guarantee you that there will be a new 360 model this Christmas / holiday season.
  • alexkirk - August 4, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    My XBox recently recieved the RROD and as a person who desperately needs a new Xbox i am definetly going for the slim! What truly sold me is the WiFi no longer will an anoying cord have to stretch from my computer to my xbox! Hey GR I have a question! My old hard drive is still good and i want to keep my DLC, is there a quick and easy way to transfer my old hard drives contents to the new slim hard drive? thanks !
  • WheelchairBoundCommando - August 4, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    I like the new 360. Traded in my elite for it and love it! :)
  • pin316 - August 4, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    i've got a standard x360 (the white one) that came with the 20GB hard-drive. Got it for £80 with two controllers, had RRoD within 3 months, got a free replacement under the extended warranty and have had the replacement for about 2 years now and not even a sign of failure/problems. Got a 250GB HD for £60, a wireless n adapter for £30, so don't see any need to upgrade anytime soon. IF i buy another console this generation it will be a ps3 - i love my 360, but want to play some of the exclusives that sony have (primarily the remastered GoW trilogy and Ico/SotC/Last Guardian when they remaster the first two for a collection like was announced a little while back)
  • mrjoe1986 - August 4, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    Can you use the old HD composite cable from the Old 360's on the slim? Ive got a spare from when a previous machine had ROD, so no point paying an extra £20 for one to use with the slim. And is an optical port built in to the machine as well as wireless?
  • philipshaw - August 4, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    The PS2 didn't die in 2005, it still had games like GOW2 in 2007 and Persona 4 in 2009 so for me it has lasted close to 10 years.
  • Hobogonigal - August 4, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    I've said this a couple of times before but I will say it again... everything is a lot more expensive in Australia! The Elite is about $320 here and the Slim is $400 at the cheapest price. I just bought the slim, mainly for wireless and gigantic hard drive that is a lot bigger than my old 20gb Xbox. The fingerprints aren't that big of a problem because all I touch is the power and eject button. It's not as if your going to get a constant urge to wipe your fingers over it, is it?
  • EdDeRs1 - August 4, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    my xbox had the red rings of deat 3 times and it still works
  • EdDeRs1 - August 4, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    my xbox had the red rings of deat 3 times and it still works

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