I recently decided to take the plunge and purchase a Xbox 360. Combination of reasons for this.. Girlfriend moaning i was out to much, wanting to treat myself as i work hard all week and most importantly. A huge tax rebate. I'm an avid gamer, been playing since the golden era of HLDM, TFC etc.. Always bought consoles near release date but this time around wanted to wait. After being heavily disappointed with Dreamcasts game support, Xbox size and control pad and PS2s lack of 4 control ports. So... The Xbox 360.... It's a snazzy bit of kit. Microsoft have finally done the right thing and looked at consumer trends within the electronic industry to determine there "look". The home entertainment system is smoother these days. Ipods, nintendos DS and other devices with cream colors and whites are what people are buying. No longer do technologically advanced pieces of equipment have to mimic that by being edgey or experimental in there look. We all want simple, smart and elegant additions to our homes. The controller is finally what i wanted. The xbox's original controller was bulky, felt like it dwarfed your hands giving the impression it controlled you instead of you controlling it. The new generation is a far more pleasant thing to control. Feels well built Robust and stable. Like you've got something powerful within your grips.. The buttons are light to push but desire some pressure to use, which gives it a less clunky feel but keeps it tactile enough to button bash. Of course the new edition to this weapon is the dashboard button. By pressing this you can activate the dashboard or hold it to bring up options to shut down the console / controller. What pleased me most about this feature wasn't the ability to access these neat new functions, it was that when you press it. Boom. Up come your options. I half expected, and would be more than willing to accept a 3-4 second wait for this. The console itself, as I said earlier, is more suited to the way consumer electronics look and feel today. It’s still quite a large system but nothing compared to the original Xbox. I would have loved something lighter, but I guess packing what you do into this system you have to allow for some weight. The major down side for me is the power unit. It’s huge. I think this is a monumental let down for a system, that on first impression gives all the right signals but lets itself down by being attached to a power unit the size of the Atlantic. The details no matter how unimportant are what matters today. No longer can companies be complacent with technology, consumers are becoming more sophisticated and concerned about how home entertainment technology not only performs, but also the aesthetics of any device.. When booting up the console you’re greeted with the somber sound and introduction logo you find in most equipment of this type, nothing inspiration. The dashboard however is another story, it actually feels more like something solid than a simple piece of software. When you whack the right or left trigger button you’re actually sliding huge pains of glass from side to side, not navigating a menu. The “wooosh” sounds give it more depth and overall it’s a fantastic addition. Giving you the impression you have made two purchases, a games console and a entertainment centre. Which admittedly I was concerned about before purchase, since most marketing departments will push this down your neck even if the reality is far from what they say. The 360 is truly what it says it is, nothing more or less. This is unfortunately all I am willing to say at this point. As far as performance and games im still experimenting myself. Call of duty 2, Ghost Recon and Saints Row are all very enjoyable and impressive additions so far although I really don’t think the true potential of the xbox 360 can be evaluated until titles such as Gears of War are given a play test. Microsoft have chosen it seems to release all A list titles around the time Sony release the Playstation 3, whether this will overshadow Sonys claims about being more powerful remains to be seen but it could go a long way to quash any huge comparisons made between the two systems technology in relation to performance. Once gears of war is released i'll give a more detailed opinion. It’s going to be an exciting 6 months. Despite not going out as much in trade for quiet nights in with my 360, girlfriend still looks unimpressed. Oh well.. Whatcha gonna do?