Vikram's "Muse"

“And this one thing is what gives the confidence, however out of place this confidence might seem, to be absolutely unworried about the permanence of this bond. How can you somehow lose your reflection?” - Vikram

Rounding out my Xbox 360

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.
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