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Nov 10

Gift Guide: Xbox 360 kit with Kinect

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Okay, actually THIS is number 1 on my wish list this year.  Vann’s has this in the “Gifts for Kids” section of the gift guide, but I promise you, nearly any male between the age of one and one hundred would go crazy for this gift.


Here’s why:

1. All New Design
Although this system is still titled “360″, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation. The sleek new black system not only looks pretty snazzy, but it is actually completely redesigned with better ventilation and an automatic shut off to prevent the previous generation’s overheating problems. Eat that, red ring of death.

2. Kinect Motion Gaming
Microsoft has entered the world of motion gaming. However, in their version, its not about how you tilt the controller but how you move your body. Motion gaming is great silly fun for everyone. Its great for kids with its E rated games. Also, they are the kind of games you can actually get your girlfriend to play with you. Eat that, Wii (better get on that R&D again, guys).

3. Wifi
With built in wifi, you won’t have to buy a 50 foot cable to connect your modem to the the xbox in the basement. Eat that, cables.

4. Voice Control
Technically, this is part of Kinect, but this is worth its own paragraph. The system comes equipped with four microphones, so you don’t need a headset any more when you’re talking smack to ten year olds; you can just yell right at your TV. Also, you can actually control AI teammates in game or pause your DVD with only your voice. Eat that, Britney Spears style headsets.

4. The Games
Xbox has the best games of any console. “Halo”. Need I say more? Okay, “Gears of War”. Still need more? Okay. Mike and I have been glued to Black Ops the last few weeks, and I think it’s one of the best Call of Duty titles to date. And that’s just the shooters. Eat that, anything that can’t play Halo.

5. The Price
With this entire kit (complete with a controller, a Kinect game, a headset, and a month of LIVE) going for only $299, it’s like the old xbox arcade just got a whole lot better looking. The 4GB hard drive isn’t all that roomy, but the new xboxes accept USB external hard drives and flash drives, so more memory comes cheap. Eat that, recession.

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