Nov 29th 2005
Here are some first impressions of my Xbox 360.
Very polished product – definitely shows that its a v2 device/UI
Still not sure that the shape/design is really all that sexy – but it’s a personal preference
Very responsive – the UI is superb for navigation
HD Support is fantastic – PGR3 looks delectable, Halo 2 no less so
The little remote that comes with it can navigate and input in a surprisingly comprehensive fashion
Very excited about the media extender capabilities (not setup my MCE stuff yet) – still bummed that the extender technology doesn’t support mpeg4/divx/h264
As I earlier predicted – Xbox Live & Marketplace is going to be da bomb. It’s an amazingly addictive experience.
I was disappointed in the non-asynchronous non-parallel nature of some of the functionality – you cannot (as far as i can tell) continue downloading something from Live in the background. You have to be at the download screen for it to complete. The moment you switch away – your download gets paused
Some of the UI navigation could be pruned to less steps. The number of steps to download and watch a trailer could be pruned down
Game saves from the previous xbox are not compatible when playing that game on the 360. That is my number 1 bummer.