XBox 360 comparison table

We compare all models in the current Xbox 360 console range

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In the table below we've listed the main features of the Xbox 360 range and the difference between the 3 versions. If you want to view up to date Xbox 360 prices go here.

Xbox 360 model release history

  1. Oct 2011: 320GB game bundles released. eg. Gears of War 320GB Bundle.
  2. Oct 2011: Matte Black 250GB model released
  3. Aug 2010: Xbox Slim 4GB announced as replacement for Xbox 360 Arcade
  4. June 2010: New 250GB Xbox Slim model released, July 2010
  5. Nov 2009: 250GB Xbox Elite model released bundled with Forza 3
  6. Sept 2009: the Elite no longer contains the HDMi cable. 60GB console is discontinued

Xbox 360 320GB/250GB vs Xbox 360 4GB

The Xbox 360 4GB replaces the old Xbox 360 Arcade model, but is a much better proposition than its predecessor. Our previous advice was not to buy the Arcade model, but things have changed.

Neither the Xbox 360 Arcade or the Xbox 360 4GB are supplied with a hard disk. For game saves the old Arcade model relied on an external memory module, which at 128KB - 512KB was just not enough. Things are different for the new model, not only does it have 4GB of solid state memory on-board, thanks to a firmware update all Xbox models can use external USB memory sticks for game saves. If you add a cheap 32GB memory stick, you now have a viable alternative to the 250GB model.

If you want the full Xbox Live experience and like to download movies, games and game demos. The larger Xbox 360 250GB (or 320GB) unit would be the better option and with a massive 250GB of storage it will take some time to fill up.

Note: 320GB Model is identical to 250GB except for the increased storage. There are various special editions of the 320GB console. Notably the Xbox 360 star wars console Xbox 360 star wars console and the Gears of War bundle.

  Xbox 360 Elite / Super Elite Xbox 360 Slim 250GB/320GB Xbox 360 Slim 4GB
Status Discontinued Released: 16/07/2010 / 11/2011 Released: 20/08/2010
Storage space 120GB Hard Disk
250GB for Super Elite
250GB Hard Disk 4GB Internal solid state storage
Storage expansion USB memory devices / Xbox Hard Disk version 1 USB memory devices USB memory devices / Xbox Hard Disk version 2
Colour Black with silver DVD tray Gloss Black or Matte Black with chrome accents Matte Black finish
HDMI port Yes
Yes Yes
Dedicated Kinect Port No Yes Yes
Component Cable Included Included Included
Ethernet Cable Included Included Included
Xbox 360 Headset Included Included Included
HDMI Cable Not Included. This was removed following a price reduction Not Included Not Included
Controllers 1 x black wireless controller 1 x gloss black wireless controller 1 x black wireless controller
Xbox Live 1 month Gold trial, Silver some bundles no
UK Retail Price £199.99 / £249.99 £199.99 £149.99
 
Compatibility MS Windows XP Media Center compatible MS Windows XP Media Center compatible MS Windows XP Media Center compatible
Backwards compatible yes yes yes
Height 3.25 in tbc tbc
Weight 9.9 lbs tbc tbc
Processor IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz
Jasper chipset
IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz
Valhalla chipset
IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz
Valhalla chipset
Random Access Memory (RAM) 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated
Graphics Output ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration
Video Memory Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Sound Ouput 16-bit / Surround Sound
Idle noise: 50dB(A)
16-bit / Surround Sound
Idle noise: 45dB(A)
16-bit / Surround Sound
Idle noise: 45dB(A)
Controller Input 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either) 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either) 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either)
Connectivity 3 x USB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet
Wireless connection requires a plugin adapter
1 x 802.11n built in wireless
5 x USB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet
1 x 802.11n built in wireless
5 x USB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet
Power Consumption (in game) 175 watts 88 watts
New 135W Power Supply
tbc
New 135W Power Supply
Notes Super Elite edition comes bundled with Forza 3 and increased storage 'Super Quiet'' operation 'Super Quiet'' operation

Older Xbox models

These models have been discontinued

  Xbox 360 Arcade Xbox 360 Premium Xbox 360 Elite / Super Elite
Status Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Storage space No hard disk, comes with solid state 256MB memory unit 60GB Hard Disk 120GB Hard Disk
250GB for Super Elite
Colour White White with silver DVD tray Black with silver DVD tray
HDMI port Yes Yes Yes
Dedicated Kinect Port No No No
Component Cable Not included - standard AV cable only. New component or HDMI cable required for HD graphics Included Included
Ethernet Cable Not included Included Included
Xbox 360 Headset Not included Included Included
Controllers 1 x wireless controller 1 x wireless controller 1 x black wireless controller
Xbox Live 1 month Gold trial, Silver 1 month Gold trial, Silver 1 month Gold trial, Silver
UK Retail Price £129.99 £169.99 £199.99 / £249.99
 
Compatibility MS Windows XP Media Center compatible MS Windows XP Media Center compatible MS Windows XP Media Center compatible
Backwards compatible none 465 original xbox games 465 original xbox games
Height 3.25 in 3.25 in 3.25 in
Weight 9.9 lbs 9.9 lbs 9.9 lbs
Processor IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz
Random Access Memory (RAM) 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated 512 MB (512 MB) GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated
Graphics Output ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration ATI Xbox 360 - 256-bit - 2D/3D graphics acceleration
Video Memory Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated Video adapter memory - 10 MB - Integrated
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Sound Output 16-bit / Surround Sound 16-bit / Surround Sound 16-bit / Surround Sound
Controller Input 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either) 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either) 4 maximum (wired or wireless or combination of either)
Connectivity 3 USB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet 3 ՠUSB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet 3 ՠUSB 2.0, IR port, 100 Mbit Ethernet
Power Consumption 175W (Probably lower without the hard disk) 175W 175W
Notes Previously known as the Xbox 360 Core. Renamed as Xbox 360 Arcade in October 2007 Sometimes referred to as the Xbox 360 Pro Super Elite edition comes bundled with Forza 3 and increased storage

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Transferring Data to a new Xbox 360 console

Microsoft sell a data transfer kit for this very purpose. The data transfer kit priced at £14.99 enables you to transfer all of your profiles, game save data and everything else to your new console. For this to work though, you need both consoles 'in hand', powered up together.

This does not help people that are trading in for the new model. In this scenario it is best to use a USB memory stick to store this data, before you hand over the old console to the retailer. The Xbox firmware has supported USB memory devices in this way since around April 2010, you just need to connect to Xbox Live to get the latest system update.

Xbox 360 Elite vs Xbox 360 Slim

The standard Xbox 360 Elite comes with a 120GB hard drive, whereas the Xbox 360 slim is fitted with a larger 250GB storage unit. If you think that you'll be downloading lots of movies and game demos, the Xbox 360 slim could be the better option here. Another thing to consider is that the Xbox 360 slim is much quieter than the old Xbox 360 Elite. This could make a big difference if you intend to use your Xbox as your main DVD player. The smaller form factor also means it is easier to fit under your TV in the first place.

Xbox 360 Arcade lacks memory and proper video cable

The Xbox 360 Arcade may appear to be a bargain, but you should take a good look at what is not included with this console. There is no hard disk, so this will limit what you can download from Xbox Live. To connect the Xbox 360 Arcade to your TV Microsoft provide a SCART cable, which will not give you a HD picture. This means you will have to purchase a component cable or HDMI cable just to get high definition graphics.

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