I own a 360 & PS3.
Overall my impressions of the 360 were positive. The only downside that I would have to note would be the loud noise the ROM drive makes as it's streaming off the game disks. It is quite noisy, so playing quietly at night (with the sound turned down) really isn't an option. I personally didn't notice the console getting hot, but only ran it for about 4 hours when playing with it. As with all consoles during their initial release the developers are still exploring the limits of the hardware. Though this should be faster with the 360 as it's based on PC hardware. “Lost Planet” which is an RPG trailer included with the console was an example of this. It certainly punishes the console as a number of in game screens were noticeably dropping frames, still it does look nice and appears to have an interesting enough plot (graphics aside). If asked whether I'd buy a 360? Yeah, I probably will, but not until their price has come down considerably. Of course by this time, the console will be into it's n'th iteration of hardware revisions and with luck the ROM drive will be a lot quieter. Of course coupling it with Windows Media Center would be interesting to provide a more complete entertainment centre experience.
- Next generation console, with more “visually” appealing games
- Wireless controllers out of the box
- HDTV support
- Hard disk expansion add-on
- Noisy ROM drive
- Requires Windows Media Center edition to stream movies from another computer