The original model may have been beset with hardware failures, but Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is still our favourite games console of the current generation – thanks to smooth HD graphics, an amazing range of software, a great joypad and a well-conceived online service. It’s been gracing our homes for almost five years now, which makes this new, smaller iteration a tad overdue, but still very welcome.
There have been minor updates to the original design, including cooler tweaks to try and improve reliability, the addition of an HDMI port (absent from the original 2005 model), and onboard storage for the budget Arcade model. Still, this is the first major redesign, akin to Sony’s launch of the PlayStation 3 Slim last year. There seems to be some disagreement over the new console’s name, with Microsoft and many retailers calling it the Xbox 360 250GB, while the hardware itself and some other retailers refer to it as the Xbox 360 S.