I chose the Xbox because of Kinect. To me, the leaps in game consoles have been:
- Wireless controllers
- Motion sensing controllers (Wii)
- Online connectivity
- Controllerless (Kinect)
I'm not going to review the Xbox since I don't have the experience and others have done it better. AnandTech has an interesting review. In particular, while the new version uses much less power, it still consumes 70W when idle! MacBooks only consume 85W max. Although the Xbox may be more powerful, it's inefficient to use it to watch YouTube. Speaking of YouTube, you need Xbox Live Gold to use Facebook and YouTube. I don't have any other uses for Xbox Live, so I'll stick to iPhone+HDMI for now.
The new Xbox 360 no longer has red LEDs around the power button, making it "immune" to the red ring of death. I seriously question Microsoft's solutions. Think Windows XP and onwards are much more immune to BSOD? That's because they're set to restart automatically when it occurs. Solving problems by hiding them, and making it harder to find out about them.
Some unboxing pictures:
Now doing some power measurements:
- Off, no background downloads - 2 W
- Home screen - 70+ W
- Playing Skyrim 70 - 90 W, max 90+ W (only tested for a few minutes)