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Difference between Xbox 360 core, premium, pro, elite?

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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
Hi,

My mum has asked me to get an xbox360 for my little brothers xmas but there are so many types im confused! Im more of a playstation kinda gal and know nothing about xbox. Can anyone shed any light on the difference between the core, pro, premium and elite??? Any help gratefully received!:)
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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
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[helper]#1
I posted this in another thread at lunchtime hope it helps...

There are 4 versions of the Xbox 360 around at the moment. The console (ie the box bit) is essentially the same for all 4 versions except for hard disk.

Cheapest is the core, shopto are doing them for £175. Disadvantage of the core is you only get a composite lead to connect to your telly, a wired controller (not wireless) and no hard disk. If you are going to connect the xbox to a HD LCD TV then you can use the composite lead but you'd get a better picture with a component. Third party component leads can be purchased for £5 - £15. Having no hard disk means you can't save any games so you would have to buy a memory card for the xbox.

Next cheapest is the Arcade - the is the same as the Core (and I think it is replacing the core) - but you get a wireless controller (instead of wired) and a memory card. You also get some Arcade games but these are basic and shouldn't really be taken into consideration.

Next up is the Premium (or Pro). You get a 20gb hard disk (for saving games, downloading demos etc) wireless controller, component lead for tv. These are around the £220 to £250 mark.

If money no object - there is the Elite which is essentially the same as the Pro but with a 120gb hard disk and it comes in black.

Couple of things to think about - the newer consoles have a HDMI connection on the consol - this makes it easier to connect HD TVs. There should be a logo saying HDMI on the back of the box, near the base. So try and pick one of those -even if you don't have a use for it now the resale value will be higher.

Other thing is reliability - the failure rate can be high - if you buy from a shop like Game, Argos, Woolies at least you can always take it back to the shop. Game and Argos have a scheme where you can take out an extra warranty which is cheaper than the MS (£60) warranty.

Any more questions please ask.....

If your son wants to play on the xbox with his mates you'll need an additional controller - I think Tesco do wired ones for £15. The best deal recently was the Argos deal where you got a premium, 2 recent games and a mega pak (included additional controller, steering wheel pedals etc). One poster mentioned they may be doing this deal again before Xmas - might be worth ring head office and asking
#2
Gamestation do the Arcade version with Forza 2 and an extra wireless controller for £205 delivered.
#3
Thanks very much for the help. My mums just informed me that only the elite will do so any deals for the elite would be much appreciated
#4
Few additions to Gary's post:

Pro is the new name for the Premium with the main difference being the addition of HDMI. The Pro/Premium also come with a headset (the core doesn't) but they don't come with an HDMI cable nor the audio break out for the component port. The Elite comes with an hdmi cable and the break out for the component port - you need the breakout if you're using the hdmi port and a separate audio system, the breakout gives you the optical and phono out you'd normally find on the component cable.

John
#5
Hope you don't mind me butting into this thread, but I'm hoping to get my partner a 360 for xmas. He has an old xbox already but its kinda on its last legs! :-(
He's hardly in to play on it so we don't need anything fancy like the elite - the main point is that it needs to play his old original xbox games? :oops::thinking:

lol basically what I'm trying to ask in a very long winded way is can the Arcade version play the old games without the need to buy anything else (memory card etc) or would I have to go with the pro version to get him playing his old games without buying extras??

Hope that makes sense and Thank You :-D :thumbsup:
[helper]#6
twinkle_n_spud

lol basically what I'm trying to ask in a very long winded way is can the Arcade version play the old games without the need to buy anything else (memory card etc) or would I have to go with the pro version to get him playing his old games without buying extras??

Hope that makes sense and Thank You :-D :thumbsup:


Not all xbox games are compatible with the 360 there is a list here
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm

The FAQ that accompanies this list states that a hard drive is required therefore you will need to go for a premium/pro. Even with the hard disk you will need to connect to xbox live (or download a file onto a CD) to install the software.
#7
I apologise for asking this question on a page where a different question was asked but does the premium/pro come with 60gb hardrive as well as a 20gb console?

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