Exploring the Xbox Experience
MS gives the 360 a virtual nip and tuck.
Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 19th 2008, 02:37AM
At the time of writing this, I've still haven't got around to trying out the Netflix option, which allows you to rent a movie and play it directly off your Xbox 360. If you can deal with the absence of digital audio, this is a decent alternative to recreating an authentic home theater experience. Though the true treat is the ability to enjoy it with someone else on your list. Don't ask me why – but I can only see this being explored by people hoping to find their soul mates online.
One major highlight that shouldn't be overlooked about the new update is the ability to install any 360 title directly to your hard drive. Psst, those of you with smaller hard drive capacitites might want to start looking into upgrading. This offers several benefits to help improve data caching and preserve the lifespan of your CD drive. Though in similar fashion to PC programs, you'll still need to keep the disc inside your system, thus blocking the door to any potential piracy issues that would arise.
Presumably, Microsoft hopes this new update will satiate the existing community and new adopters of the platform. It's definitely a step in the right direction since everyone loves the ability to personalize, interact and do so much more with their console than just play games 24/7. The only complaint I have is that I wish Microsoft actually created something more along the lines of HOME to give Sony a run for their money. Depending on your expectations, "Experience" may leave a bit more to be desired. In time, I am sure they'll introduce additional features based on the collective input expressed by the community and game companies alike. The wait is nearly over -- buckle up!