Bahn Unplugged: Volume 6 Feature - The Next Level

Bahn Unplugged: Volume 6

Woe for the excessive 360 gushing.

Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 30th 2005, 03:15AM

An associate at a local EB recently chirped that purchasing a 360 is pointless unless you have an HD. I strongly disagree with this opinion because even though my CRT Mitsubishi doesn't offer the same visual awesomeness that a high-definition monitor delivers, it's STILL sharp and impressive. I've been checking out the HD selections at Best Buy and man, my head just explodes for what's available. You've got Plasma HD, EDI, HDMI, LCD, and a few other options that could only serve to confuse a casual consumer unless they're thoroughly educated. Today, I checked out a sweet Sony 36" HD unit that features multiple inputs, including PC input support and some other minor extras that I can't recall. Price? $3799. Man, for that price, that HD should have the ability to transport me to work and cater to my every whim. I've told my fiancé that it's difficult for me to justify making the leap to HD without fully exploring every aspect that this new generation of visual entertainment seeks to offer. If I am going to drop over $2K, I may as well go all out and get something over 35" -- perhaps during tax time, although I still want to get a second car and a laptop for E3. For now, I've settled on purchasing a VGA kit to hook up my 360 to my Samsung SyncMaster 19". A TNL member expressed the quality is just as good (if not better) than an HD, which for me, was all I needed to hear. :D

Before I head out, I'd have to say that these reports of Xbox 360 problems are annoying the hell out of me. One site indicates users having problems with their discs playing horizontally while Kotaku and Joystiq suggest you can damage your discs playing them vertically. Now I don't know which direction the system should be played in. Maybe I should just suspend it in midair, diagonally or something. Ross and I agreed that this could be some sort of PR spin, engineered to dissuade potential customers from picking one up...whenever they become available.

It's almost hard to believe the Microsoft sort of stiffed consumers by releasing the 360 in limited quantities. Normally, I am not into picking up systems on Day 1, but in this case, I made an exception. And it's a good thing too...if the reports are true, the 360 restocks won't be pouring in until mid-Jan to early Feb. That's insane. I am sure some units will trickle into retailers during the Xmas period. One thing is for sure, I bet some won't make the same mistake by NOT pre-ordering a PS3 whenever Sony decides on unleashing that to the masses.

Well, I've said a lot more than expected -- and you can bet that I've left one or two things undiscussed. Anyone that's particularly curious about something involving the 360 can always email me. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

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