So the 360 arrived yesterday at the start of my work day. Being the responsible employee (and father) I waited until the work day was done and the kids were in bed before I hooked it all up.
First off, removing the 360 premium box from the shipping box almost gave me a hernia. I couldn't believe the heft. Zounds.
I do like the packaging. I enjoyed that each component has a 'special' plastic bag labeled with what the item is for: "Connect,""Power," Talk," etc. Everything was neatly packed and in place and the smell of new electronics greeted my nostrils. Ahhh.
I unpacked the items and set to reading the hook up instructs. Seemed pretty clear so I set to my hookups. The cabling is quality as far as I can tell and I was pleased that the network cable was a good length (thought thanks to Purge <my hero
>, I now have a network jack right behind the tv unit and didn't need too much length). I plugged the component cables into the tv, then fed them down to my new 360. I switched the selector to HDTV and hooked in my optical cable. This leads to my first complaint.
The optical jack seems to be poorly 'machined' and the optical cable seems to pop out very easily. I guess this won't be an issue with the unit in place but I wasn't used to things just popping out. Is this how they all are?
Next up the power cord. Good heavens is the power brick enormous and the connector that goes into the back of the console looks like it should be powering SHODAN. Anyway, I set the power brick on the shelf below the console so that I don't have duelling heat sources.
Time to turn it on. Power button go.
RED RINGS OF DEATH. Oh nos. I've read the horror stories. Is mine dead out of the box? No. I just didn't push the AV connection in far enough to 'pop' into place. Quick fix and away we go.
On comes the 360, not as loud as I thought it would be. The boot up screen comes on. I don't find it as impressive as the Xbox's, but anyway.
After reconfiguring my hand to be used to the controller (I love the wireless!, but am so perfectly attuned to my Dual Shock 2 that it will take some getting used to), I set forth into the settings.
Cool. Controller is responsive and there's no cords to shift around my knees. I tool around the dashboard and decide to light up my first game. Dead Rising.
Pop it in. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE NOISE COMMENTARY IS ABOUT. When the disc is spinning it's pretty loud, but, I must say it's not orders of magnitude louder than the Xbox.
Opening of the game is fine, controls are reversed from what I like but that can be fixed. I take a few snap shots, struggle through the tiny text (I'm on a 30 inch widescreen HD set...) investigate the rooftop a bit, hit the first save point, power down and fire up Killer 7 on my PS2.
So far so good, but I wasn't in the mood to work through the DR manual or deal with setting up the network connectivity. I only had 15 minutes left before Antiques Roadshow and wanted to get some gaming in so returning to Killer 7 isn't an indictment of my lack of zeal, but rather how engrossing that game is and the time constraints I was under.
So far my impressions overall are good. The dashboard seems very intuitive and user friendly. The console isn't super loud by my estimation. I love the controller and the ability to power off using it. I'm wary of it breaking given all the horror stories, but I guess I'm vested now and am going to have to roll with it.
I'm pondering the warranty, but am leary given the recent shipping cost thread.
More later and I hope to see folks online later today...though I'll probably stay at the Silver level for the forseeable future.