Xbox - What You May Have Never Known


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~ Complete your Xbox 360 setup: See a few useful tricks to try out!

~ See 5 of the top favorite Microsoft exclusive titles for the 360!

~ See the top picks from the Xbox Live Arcade service!

~ See how to survive the Red Ring of Doom!

~ See special edition versions of the Xbox 360!

~ Xbox 360 verses Playstation 3: See the differences!

~ See a quick lineup of highly recommended additional purchases to help you get the most out of your system!

~ And much more!

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  1. 1. Xbox 360 - What You May Not KnowSee the top 3 gaming headsets reviewed on this page... Customer reviews revealabout everything you need to know! Get the best gaming headset at the best price!http://www.bestgamingheadsetps3.orgCovering Your Gaming Needs with the Xbox 360The home video game console market is currently dominated by two powerful giants:Sony’s high end Playstation 3 and of course, Microsoft’s Xbox 360. While some mayargue that Nintendo’s Wii console is a third alternative, many often see the motiongaming system as a secondary platform designed mostly for casual players. On its end,Microsoft is taking all of the lessons they learned from the original Xbox system andbringing all the great things back for their new console –plus plenty of great innovations.One of the first massive improvements of the 360 is its size. The original Xbox isconsiderably one of the consoles of its time. Many complained about its robust size andthe shelving space it occupied. Microsoft addressed this problem by creating a smallersystem with the additional option of being able to decide whether you want it flat orstanding upright (a feature that was first used in the original Playstation 2).The Xbox 360 also brought in new hardware that pushed the gaming capabilities of thehome console well and beyond that of high end PCs. This helped usher in great gamessuch as Mass Effect, Halo 3, Gotham Racing and many more as developers now hadfaster processors, better graphic cards and bigger storage space to work with.Speaking of storage space, the 360 makes use of the HD DVD media format. While thisis much smaller than the Playstation 3’s Blu-Ray discs, it still provided a significantamount of freedom that standard DVDs could not afford.Beyond its lineup of great titles, the 360 itself is a gaming marvel fit to be in the center ofyour home entertainment system. The device hooks up to the internet through LAN orWiFi and allows players to connect to the Xbox Live network –a paid service whichallows users to access Microsoft’s online gaming platform and various media services.The console also works as a media hub of sorts –able to playback varying types of image,music and video file formats.The 360’s wireless controllers are well made for fast paced gaming, with color-codedbuttons which allows players to easily create a mental map of the layout. The only 1 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  2. 2. drawback is that it makes use of standard batteries. Microsoft does sell an officialrechargeable battery pack kit (complete with specialized chargers) for those who love tohave long gaming sessions.Microsoft has also launched a second version of the Xbox 360, the “S”. This new slimversion has a lower energy consumption rate, built in Kinect support and moreimportantly, is rumored to be resilient to the issues that caused RRoD failures for the firstbatches of 360 systems.RRoD, or Red Ring of Death, is a nickname given to the indicator lights of the 360 thatindicates a complete system failure. There are plenty of theories and hypothesis as to thevarying causes of RRoD, though all conclude that once the system hits this stage,recovery is nearly impossible. This issue has caused demand for the Jasper edition of theunit to soar, as its lower voltage rates appears to make the system immune from the muchdreaded Red Ring of Death.Being Microsoft’s second platform in the home gaming console, the 360 has shown howfar the PC software developer has come in terms of being able to expand. In terms ofgaming, Microsoft is now one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, with theirhigh end console, impressive games and impressive online service, Microsoft’s Xbox 360community continues to grow each day.Your 360, Your Style: Special Editions of Microsoft’s Gaming ConsoleThe Xbox 360 is an extremely impressive gaming machine featuring high end videographics hardware and a library of games that is sure to satisfy any hardcore gamer’sneeds. But function is not there is to Microsoft’s very successful seventh generation videogame console. The Xbox 360 also delivers plenty in terms of form. The new sleekerdesign (as compared to the original Xbox) of the original 360 and the highly stylized360S bring to users a devices that will fit perfectly well in the center of your hometheater. But if you have been looking for something more, something extra special, youmight want to take a quick peek at these special edition versions of the Xbox 360.No list of Xbox 360 special editions can be complete without the Halo 3 special edition;this system is considered to be the top choice of Xbox fans for its specially designedcolors –made to look like Master Chief’s armor. Even the pack-in controller, headset andcharger has been designed in a similar fashion to fit with the overall look. Halo fans willlove the slight contouring of the side plate to match the style of the Spartan armor.Final Fantasy fans have also been given a special console as well. The Final Fantasy XIII360 special edition comes in a basic white color scheme with an imprinted design. Beingwhite, it looks a lot like the standard 360 edition until closer inspection. The package also 2 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  3. 3. comes with free game related DLC and of course, the game itself. While we cannotexactly recommend this one for aesthetic functions (since it is still mostly white),hardcore fans of Square Enix would certainly want to have this in their playroom.For those looking for a strikingly good color for the Xbox, a special Resident Evil 5edition of the console has been released and this one comes in a solid red finish. In termsof overall design, there are no RE-specific designs on the console itself, making it a greatalternative for those who simply want a red version of the console. As a special edition,this Xbox 360’s controller and headset accessories are also colored red.Really hardcore collectors might want to watch out for a few very limited editionversions of the Xbox 360. The special launch edition is a very exclusive version of thesystem that has only been given to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 launch team. These editionswere never available commercially and can only be obtained from the Launch Teammembers themselves –in the unlikely event that they are willing to part with the consoleitself.According to reports, the launch edition is mostly white like the original but comes with acustomized faceplate, a date engraving, and green highlights on the console (which isgray in the commercial release of the 360). Currently, only one launch team edition hasbeen reported to have been sold by the original owner.Of course, buying a brand new special edition console is not the only way to get the styleyou want. There are plenty of custom faceplates and skins for the Xbox 360 availableboth from official sources and third party manufacturers. The designs also range fromsimple flat colors to well detailed art (gaming-related and otherwise). If the above specialeditions are way off your budget, you might want to invest in a skin instead.Full Circle: Completing Your Xbox 360 SetupMicrosoft’s Xbox is an impressive gaming system. It packs quite the punch in terms ofhardware power, and provides players with an incredible amount of games to choosefrom. But simply owning the system and several games alone is not all that you need toget the most out of your Xbox 360. Here are a few useful tricks that we found for playersto try out.Your Game, Your Music 3 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  4. 4. Now this is actually a documented feature: you can play MP3 files on your HDD throughthe console menu from within any game. Of course, you would have to check if yourgame allows you to turn off the music (usually found in a game’s sound/audio settingspage). This is a pretty neat trick for games which do not rely so much on the in-gamemusic to deliver a story (racing games, sports titles, etc). But do remember to use it with alittle moderation, it would be odd playing Alan Wake to a Lady Gaga song.It Also Plays the iPodIf you own an Apple iPod, you can hook it up to your Xbox 360 and play the trackstraight from the iPod itself. This may seem a little strange; after all, Apple is one ofMicrosoft’s biggest competitors (basically, they are industry rivals). But yes, the option isavailable on the Marketplace. Once loaded on your console, you will be able to browseyour media easily. This will also allow you to charge the device while plugged in.Create a Special NameIs the alphabet too limited for your Gamercard? Then fear not. While Microsoft has notallowed the use of special Ascii characters, they did actually use support for easternlanguages. Simply switch over your input settings and you can choose from a wide rangeof unique characters.Remove Excess DataMuch like the PC, the Xbox 360 is prone to storing random stuff in its memory. Indeed,there will come a time when your system will start slowing down a bit. If you think your360 is being encumbered by a load of unneeded files, you might want to try this out.Select your HD from the user interface and press Y. From there, press X, X, L Bumper, RBumper, X, X. This will allow you to clear the memory as well as some of the gamesystem data –just be warned that you might need to re-download any important DLCcontent you lose in the process.Go BloggingTired of telling your friends what you have been playing –or not have been playing?Then get a blog that will instantly update them on your gaming habits. Of course, itwould be such a hassle to manually create blog posts each day, so the best thing to do isto have your Xbox 360 console do it for you.Sign up for an account at 360 Voice, and you will have access to a special service run bythe folks at Gamer DNA. 360 Voice will create an automated blog for you that is updatedby your 360. It will list down the stuff that your Xbox publishes on your Gamercard and 4 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  5. 5. post it online for you to share. Of course, you should set your Gamercard info to “public”instead of “private” for this service to work.Achievements, Gamerscore and Multiplayer - The Best of Xbox LiveWe all love our games, and we certainly love being able to talk about gaming experienceswith our friends. Microsoft brings these two and many more great features together in asingle online connectivity service, and this, is Xbox Live.Originally debuting back in 2002, a year after the launch of the original Xbox homegaming console, Xbox Live officially went online. Better known under the nickname,XBL, this Microsoft-run online feature brought together multiplayer features, socialnetworking, online achievements, media downloads and so much more in a singlelocation. Within days of its launch, gamers scrambled to log in, create their ownGamertags and become part of the quickly growing community.Today, XBL is mostly accessed by Xbox 360 users –which currently account for thelargest portion of the XBL community. They are joined by users of the older Xboxsystem, PCs and new users of Windows Phone 7 mobile devices. All in all, the XBLcommunity currently plays host to over 30 million users (as opposed to over 70 millionfor the PSN). This has made Microsoft’s online community a strong, self-sustaining,online industry for many developers and game publishers.One of the main functions that XBL provides is the Gamerscore count. This is basically anumerical tally of in-game achievements accomplished by players. While the Gamerscorecount cannot be used or consumed in any manner, many players often use this as a basisof comparison of their skill and progress as compared to others on their friends list. Inorder to ensure that the Gamerscore is not tampered with, Microsoft employs severalundisclosed tracking methods in order to seek out cheating players. When found, thosecaught manipulating Gamerscore data are stripped of points and are publicly labeled ascheaters.When it comes to skill comparison however, Microsoft has a much better trackingalternative: the TrueSkill match finder system. This little feature allows Xbox Live tokeep track of a player’s in-game performance and ranks players according to their actualskill level.This allows the system to create match ups of players of similar skills levels in order tobalance the game difficultly. While there are some known exploits in the system, manyplayers often prefer TrueSkill’s ranked matches as a way to gauge their own playinglevels. 5 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  6. 6. Aside from providing players with bragging rights, the XBL service also provides plentyof content for players to download. Netflix, Hulu and other media sites can instantly beaccessed with the XBL account for video content (some media services are restricteddepending on the region of the player). Other social networking sites such as Facebookand Twitter are also incorporated into the service as well. More importantly, the XBLservice also provides additional game related media and content. Trailers, downloadabledemo versions and expansion packs are all available on the XBL service (though somewill require payment).With the Xbox Live service, Microsoft has been able to provide a comprehensive gamingexperience for players on the Xbox 360, Windows PC and WP7 smart phone users withits great library of media channels, game add-ons and online community. If you own oneof the abovementioned systems and have yet to make your own account, you shouldcreate one immediately and catch up on all the great content that you have been missingout on.Only 360: 5 of Our Favorite Microsoft ExclusivesNothing makes a console stand out more than its line-up of exclusive titles. While theXbox 360 may be best known for its highly competitive multiplayer FPS titles, it also hasits own share of hardcore games from other genres. Naturally, if you want to get the fullexperience of all the gaming goodness that this Microsoft gaming console has to offer,you need to try out its many different games. To help you get started, we compiled a listof our top five favorite exclusive titles for the 360.Alan WakeIntriguing, suspenseful and highly imaginative, Alan Wake is a great game that playersshould not pass up on. You take control of the titular lead character, Alan Wake, as heembarks on a strange quest to save his wife from a race of bizarre beings known as theTaken.The gameplay is a combination of exploration-investigation and horror-action; playersseek out various clues to find Alan’s wife while trying to get past beings that are onlyvulnerable when exposed to light. Combat is combination of using in-game light sourcesand basic firearms –forcing players to include a lot of strategy into their playing style.Combined with lushly detailed environments, the creepy and haunting atmosphere of 6 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  7. 7. Bright Falls, a musical score designed to keep you on the edge of your seat and verylifelike voice acting this is a game that certainly ranks high in the immersive-meter.Gears of War 2Despite the 360’s heavy reputation as a console for competitive players, it also has itsshare of great local coop games. And in this category, none stand out more thanGearbox’s Gears of War 2. This epic third person shooter game allows you and a buddyto team up and take down more of the invading alien horde known as the Locust. Thecombat is visually visceral, and keeps you glued on the screen. Much of the game’satmosphere is similar to that of wartime film footage, complete with shaky-hand-cameffects, dirt splatters and of course, gore. Keeping you away from focusing entirely onthese details is the action. Gears takes you (and optionally, a friend), into the heart of theLocusts new location underground, surrounded at all times and shooting your waytowards the goal. A deep and well delivered story narrative provides players with areprieve from the action-intensive gameplay.Halo 3Master Chief is back with the third game in the main Halo trilogy and once again, playersare back in the Chief’s iconic armored boots. The game brings players back in touch notonly with the big MC, but also with other returning cast such as Cortana, the Arbiter andmore. Speaking of the Arbiter, he and the Covenant are taking a big role twist in thisgame as players get to directly interfere with the politics of the alien race. Halo 3 alsoreveals more about the rings, the flood and more importantly, provides the groundworkfor an even more epic undertaking for the next game. Much of Halo’s classic FPSgameplay is back, along with a few new extra weapons. There is also a bit of balancewith the use of special thrown weapons and melee combat –giving players that muchneeded diversity that most first person shooters lack.Tales of VesperiaNothing says video game more than a Japanese RPG, and Namco Bandai’s semi-exclusive offering for Xbox 360 owners is the incredibly fun and intriguing Tales ofVesperia. The Japanese version of the game has been released for both the PS3 and theXbox 360 (with the PS3 getting additional content). However, only the 360 was given anEnglish version.The game takes you to the fictional planet of Terca Lumireis, a land where people rely onmagic as much as technology. This magic is basically a unique kind of planetary energystored in blastia -when the blastia start reacting to strange viral form of magic energy, thebinding forces of the planet hit a terrible imbalance. Taking on the role of ex-knight YuriLowell, players embark on a journey that could very well spell the fate of the planet. 7 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  8. 8. JRPG veterans will know what to expect: funny voice acting, well written dialogue, adeep storyline with light delivery and of course, Namco’s Tales-series real time combat.Ace Combat 6: Fires of LiberationOnce again, another title in the list comes from Namco Bandai. This is Project Ace’sspecial work for the Xbox 360, AC6: Fires of Liberation. Taking on the same storyuniverse established in previous Ace Combat titles, players take flight and burn throughthe skies as the ace pilot, Talisman.Fighting to defend the fictional Republic of Emmeria from invading Estovakian forces,players are slowly introduced into the harsh repercussions of war as told from theperspective of civilians. The gameplay brings back more of that fast-paced and simplifieddogfight controls that have made previous AC titles famous. Speaking of which, giganticbosses and massive, epic dogfights dot out major points in the story –providing playerswith a unique kind of challenge not seen in other flight simulation titles.Overall, with its great game controls, action-oriented gameplay and stylish aircraftsimulation, this is one dogfight game that will keep you happily playing for hours on end.Xbox 360: Surviving the Red Ring of DoomWe have all heard the horror stories and for many owners of early generation Xbox 360consoles, the Red Ring of Doom/Death (also known as RRoD) is the eternal boogeymanlurking in the shadows of the Microsoft console.What makes RRoD so ghastly for players is simple fact that it count compromise anddestroy all your progress. But before we get into that, let us see what RRoD really is. Theterm “Red Ring” comes from the three quarter-circle red indicator lights that appear onthe console once it experiences any form of general hardware failure. In short, RRoD isactually a visible symptom for a wide range of potentially dangerous issues with theconsole.In a few very rare cases (such as voltage spikes/power surges), fixing the RRoD simplyrequire plugging the device from the power outlet and giving it time to cool down beforeresuming play. Most of the time, users will have to send the device back to Microsoft forreplacement or take it to a third party to have the console fixed. 8 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  9. 9. Many players prefer to take the system to a third party developer. Despite the fact thatMicrosoft is manufacturer of the device (and is most suited to fix it) player tend to passup on this service since they have a policy of completely wiping out all data on theconsole. This means that all game data, save files, media and more are completelyremoved from the system. With many games averaging at least 20 to 30 hours to finish,many gamers are not too happy with the prospect of having all their gaming hours be lost.So what do you do when you get hit by RRoD? The first thing that players should do is tocheck on all the quick troubleshooting steps. This usually involves letting the device rest,checking if the vents are blocked or if the power brick is heating up. If the console stilldoes not turn on properly, it is time to take it to a professional. While there are plenty ofonline tutorials and how-to guides to take apart your Xbox 360, applying thermal pasteand even installing a third party cooling system, these are not recommended. Not only dothey void warranty, but unless you yourself are a professional in handling delicateelectronics, attempting to do this on your own could lead to disastrous results.As always, an ounce of prevention is indeed better than a pound of cure. In the case of theXbox 360, making sure that your system does not overheat is a key factor in maintaininga long life. First off, store the device in dust free area –if you can spare a small sheet tocover it with, do so. Keeping out the dust allows the system to cool itself better –naturally, remove the cover when you need to play it. Next is to ensure that you run thesystem in a cool, well-ventilated area. This means that all the vents should have ampleroom to ‘breathe’. Do note that not only does the console need to be checked; the powerbrick also requires similar attention as well.Online Games on Demand: Xbox Live ArcadeMicrosoft’s Xbox Live gaming service is one of the largest online game markets –alongwith the Playstation Store and Steam. Featuring a wide range of games that is constantlyupdated on an almost daily basis, XBLA provides players with a game library that isavailable almost every day, at any time. But what is good about downloadable games?After all, the common connotation about these (literally) smaller games is that they lackthe depth and content that is available in many hardcore titles. This however, is not true.And here are a few of our top picks from the Xbox Live Arcade service.Marvel VS Capcom 2: New Age of HeroesOriginally available in retail for the older Xbox system, MvC2 has been updated andupgraded for the XBLA and of course, HDTV gaming with the 360. The game nowsupports 720p graphics, online match support (for finding matches and even watching 9 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  10. 10. other fights) and more importantly, it fixes many of the bugs and slowdowns that plaguethe original version when used on the 360 (despite being a backwards compatible title,Marvel VS Capcom 2 suffers from plenty of performance issues when played on the360).This fighting game brings back all of the air combos and chain commands of Capcom’sfamous gameplay engine. With a full roster of 56 characters from both the Marvel andCapcom universes, players get to mix and match their favorite characters for the ultimateteam combinations.Castlevania: Harmony of DespairIn today’s age of high end video gaming, sprite based 2D games are often considered asprimitive works or novelty items. But the same cannot be said of the Castlevaniafranchise. While there are already plenty of games in the series that feature 3D graphicsand gameplay, the 2D titles pretty much stand well on their own. XBLA offers Harmonyof Despair, a unique, semi-mission based Castlevania game that brings back charactersfrom Portrait of Ruin, Symphony of the Night and more in a single game.Players (and a friend) get to choose from varying lead characters as they track down thevarious monsters and bosses that plague Dracula’s castle. Each character playsdifferently, using different types of equipment, skills and even their own leveling systemfor increasing stats. Thanks to the optional cooperative game mode, this game is adefinite must-have for Castlevania fans.Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2Combining fast paced action, stylish retro graphics and a bullet-hell type of gameplay,Geometry Wars: RE2 proves that it has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with many otherhardcore shooters such as Raiden, Gradius and more. Retro Evolved 2 brings back manyof the core elements that has made the original game a hit: multidirectional movementand shooting, along with massive waves of enemies.New to the sequel is six new game modes varying from surviving waves, earning asmuch points within a time limit to surviving without firing a single bullet. Creatively fun,addictive and hard to put down, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is certainly highlyrecommended for XBLA players.Bring On the East: J-RPGs for the Xbox 360One of the hardest challenges that Microsoft faced with the original Xbox home consolewas the fact that they had little Japanese game developer support. This affected theconsole’s sales performance slightly in western markets and strongly in Japan. With the 10 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  11. 11. Xbox 360, Microsoft is showing that they are learning from their mistakes. The nextgeneration console now sports a vast number of JRPG titles, and even a few specialexclusives for the US market. Here is a quick peek at some of these great games.Namco Bandai’s Tales of VesperiaThe “Tales Of” series from Namco Bandai is one of the longest running RPG titles inJapan and Vesperia is one of the latest titles. While the Japanese version of the game isavailable in both the PS3 and the 360, only 360 owners will be able to enjoy the Englishversion of this game. ToV follows the adventures of Yuri Lowell, a former knight out insearch of a way to restore balance to the Blastia cores which govern magic energy.His adventure brings him back in touch with his long time friend, Flynn Scifo andtogether, they try to unravel the mysteries of magic and ether. Vesperia makes use of asemi-real time combat system known as the ATB which adds a degree of action to thebattle sequences.Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIIIThe latest in the famous Final Fantasy series originated by Squaresoft, FFXIII brings youthe tale of Lightning, a soldier who takes on a system she once served in order to save hersister. While many of the older generation of FF fans find Square-Enix new RPGformulas to be a little dry and unimaginative, it is hard to deny that the game developertruly pushes the limits of the video hardware in today’s consoles.Originally meant to be released only for the PS3 in Blu-Ray format, the game wentthrough several cuts and edits in order to shrink down content for the HD-DVD. Whilemany fans cried foul at losing content, 360 users in the US finally had their first taste ofthe FF series.Microsoft’s Lost OdysseyTaking the lack of actual Japanese support for the older system into consideration,Microsoft has teamed up with Mistwalker and independent game company headed bylegendary Squaresoft icon, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Their product: the ambitious LostOdyssey RPG for the Xbox 360. This game rings back many elements of the original FFseries that has been lost in the newer titles.A simplified items and inventory system, an easy to follow turn based, menu drivencombat engine and of course, a plotline filled with plenty of twists and turns. Whilecritics have panned the heavily political undertones of the game, many have alsorecognized the brave step that Mistwalker and Feelplus are taking in order to re-shape theJRPG industry. This game will certainly be a fan favorite of Sakaguchi purists and older- 11 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  12. 12. generation RPG fans, though the deep storyline and slightly reverse-experimental feel ofthe game system might put off newer players.Beyond 360: Add More to Your XboxSo, you have finally bought an Xbox 360, hooked it up to your HDTV and bought someof the best titles available. The question is: what would you need to further enhance yourgaming experience? Here is a quick lineup of our much recommended additionalpurchases to help you make the most out of the Microsoft gaming system.First off, buy an Xbox Live subscription card. These little things can be found in mostgaming outlets and convenience stores –making them incredibly accessible. The bigpicture here is that players get to sign up for an Xbox Live account, take part inmultiplayer games and of course, be part of the of the XBL community. With a majorityof the 360’s best games featuring multiplayer functionality, this is a much needed feature.Of course, you will have to have a decent internet connection, and preferably, a goodWiFi router. Another advantage of buying a card is that you will not need to input yourcredit card data online.Gaming with batteries is hard, and anyone who has had a Nintendo Gameboy or a SegaGamegear will tell you, those batteries will run out –sooner than you think. So what is agood plan for your wireless controllers when you tend to clock in several hours ofgaming each day? Get rechargeable batteries. This is made easy by Microsoft, who sellsofficial rechargeable battery packs that allow you to charge whether your controllers arein standby or in use. This means that you get to enjoy a more seamless gamingexperience -and at the same time, save the environment since you will not be throwingbatteries in the trash bin every two or three days.Of course, it will take more than a fully charged controller to enjoy a session of onlinegaming – after all, communication is a the key to having a good time. Try to find a goodXbox 360 compatible headset in order to make full use of the system’s voice chatfunctionality. While you might have to bear with a few obscenities every now and then(well, a lot more often than we would prefer actually), this allows you to instantlycommunicate with your team mates in order to formulate strategies, cheer for your squad,or simply talk about how nice the weather has been while you are stalking out a target onyour scope.Speaking of chat (pun intended), you might not be too fond of a direct conversationalapproach. In this case, the Xbox 360 controller keyboard is a great add on. This chat-pador “Messenger Kit” sticks directly between the controller grips and provides players witha fully functional QWERTY keyboard to make use of while you are gaming and cannotafford to put down the controller. While it does take a while to get used to, being able toinstantly type out letters is significantly faster than having to use an onscreen keyboard. 12 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  13. 13. Lastly, to add even more value to your Xbox 360 accessories (outside of gaming on theconsole itself) you might want to consider purchasing the Wireless Gaming Receiver.This is a great add-on, but only for those who love to play on the PC. This little USBreceiver comes with Windows drivers that allow players to use various Xbox 360accessories on the PC. Of course, you will still need to do a little joypad mapping in orderto make full use of your controller, but it certainly is a lot better than having to shell outeven more just to buy a separate joypad for your desktop system.Legends Face Off: Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3When Microsoft first entered the home console gaming arena with the original Xbox,many felt as if the world famous software developer has lost its marbles. The Xbox wasbig and bulky. Despite its obviously powerful hardware capabilities, many gamers usedto Nintendo and Sony’s consoles felt that the cumbersome device was nothing more thana watered down gaming PC. Within weeks of its launch, the Xbox showed that it hadtremendous potential as a dedicated gaming system, and what followed was history.Now, Microsoft is considered to be one of the three main companies of the gamingconsole industry (along with competitors Sony and Nintendo), and Microsoft’s mostrecent system, the Xbox 360 is considered to be one of the most powerful gaming devicesever launched. It, along with the Sony Playstation 3, is expected to be main systems forthis generation of gamers and it is said that they hold that post for years to come.So how good is the Xbox 360 compared to the Playstation 3?There are several factors to consider, and first up is the hardware and cost. Without adoubt, Sony’s use of GPU technology, accessibility features and more ergonomiccontroller gives it an edge over the 360’s much simpler system.This little advantage however, comes with a price –literally. The 360 console itself issignificantly cheaper than the PS3 (though many argue that with the additional chargerpacks or batteries, XBL subscription, etc, the 360 has a higher overhead and long termcost) and is a great choice for those who want to set aside budget for more games.Still, this does leave the 360 a little lacking in terms of full potential. Take the case of itsuse of HD-DVDs; this media storage has a lower capacity than a Blu-Ray disc, makingsome games impossible to port to the 360 without using multiple discs.Of course, judging a console simply because of its hardware is not the way to go. Afterall, it is the games that truly matter at the end of the day. And for the Xbox 360, despite 13 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved
  14. 14. facing off against a system with a more powerful hardware configuration, they have beenable to make a pretty even stand because of the game selections.In terms of multiplatform games, the Xbox 360 plenty of edge thanks to the fact that thesystem is easier to develop for. In most cases, there are fewer bugs in the Xbox 360version of a game when compared to its PS3 counterpart. Also, Microsoft’s closerelations with developers give them a slight advantage in terms of patch availabilities.The Xbox 360 has several exclusive titles of its own. Bungie’s Halo and Gearbox’s Gearsof War series are among the top favorite titles for the system. Several made for Windowstitles and series have also been brought over, such as the original Mass Effect fromBioware (the first game was an exclusive since it was co-produced by Microsoft, thesequel was created, developed and published entirely by Bioware and EA, allowing thetitle to be available on multiple platforms).Online, the XBL service takes a bit of a hit for being a paid service –unlike Sony’s free touse PSN. But after the events of the massive PSN hacking attack during late April of2011, Microsoft’s online service was put in a better light. Since the features on bothnetworks are quite similar (achievements and trophies, friends lists and privatemessages), the two are often compared to each other.All in all, the 360 is a much preferred and recommended system for players who love togo online and compete with others. Most of the 360’s best exclusive titles tend to be firstperson shooters with a strong online multiplayer component. Also, a vast majority ofexisting players in the community share a similar passion. This highly competitiveenvironment allows players to find varying challenge levels that single player titles areunable to provide.See the top 3 gaming headsets reviewed on this page... Customer reviews revealabout everything you need to know! Get the best gaming headset at the best price! 14 Review the best gaming headsets © All Rights Resrved