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alaTest has collected and analysed 1711 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and usability. The game selection and design also get good feedback. Many are critical about the portability, and ratings are divided on the size.

value for money, design, game selection, usability, reliability


We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Microsoft Xbox is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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The much awaited Xbox is due for sale in this country around 14 March, but will the device live up to the massive hype Microsoft and the media has given it? Will the extravagant American launch party in Times Square with Bill Gates and pro-wrestler The...

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Hoovers up exclusives; console hasn’t shrunk with gamepad

Lacking the breath of games of the PS2 this is still a strong console contenter

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Stuff magazine


Xbox joins the arm-flailing, motion-sensing party with not a controller in sight

Stunning interaction and loaded with potential, all Kinect needs now is a few killer games

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Microsoft Xbox review


With plenty of power under the hood and a stellar list of games, Microsoft's first games console has been a considerable success. It offers gamers something unique, with the best online infrastructure and a hard drive for downloading new content, and...

Best under-the-hood specs ; Built-in broadband adapter ; 8GB hard drive for music and saved-game storage

Big and bulky ; Separate kit required to unlock DVD-viewing capability ; No progressive-scan DVD playback

The console also comes with a built-in 8GB hard drive, so you don't need to buy expensive memory cards to save your game progress. (Proprietary memory cards are available to share files with friends.) That hard drive also opens up some other...


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Review: Xbox 360 Kinect


Kinect is great for parties and homes with large living rooms, as well as gamers who don't mind lots of standing and dynamic, full-body movement.

Controller-free motion gaming; full-body motion sensor; solid game library at launch; voice control; games will have you very active; almost impossible to fool

Timing-based learning curve; menu and video navigation occasionally wonky and gets old fast; requires a lot of room to play; majority of games require standing; hardcore gamers may not feel satisfied; requires separate power supply when used with older...

Kinect doesn't sell itself as something it's not, and we appreciate the honesty. Perhaps its navigation control is more of a novelty than a replacement. Nevertheless, the launch games showcase a solid variety, all in beautiful HD graphics that outshine...

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Microsoft Xbox


Can Gates give Sony and Nintendo a run for their money?

Breathtaking graphics and sound make the Xbox a true next-generation games console. It's a shame that you have to pay extra for funtionality, though.

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Amazon review summary for Microsoft Xbox


alaTest has collected and analysed 281 user reviews of Microsoft Xbox from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Xbox Console (Limited Edition Crystal with two Controllers)

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Microsoft Xbox


Powerful hardware, can play DVDs, offers online gaming capability.

Big and heavy, DVD play requires optional remote.

Impressive power, some notable hardware, and a growing list of games make the Xbox a good all-around gaming machine.

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Microsoft Xbox


No small feat With a front-loading disc tray, two buttons, and four controller ports adorning the face, the monstrous case will look at right at home among your other home-theater components. Inside this eight-pound box you'll find the power of a PC (a...

Best under-the-hood specs; built-in broadband adapter; 8GB hard drive for music and saved-game storage; high-resolution display support.

Big and bulky; separate kit required to unlock DVD-viewing capability; no progressive-scan DVD playback.

The Xbox is the most versatile console and perfectly complements a home-theater system.

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First Look: Microsoft Xbox Kinect


Xbox joins the arm-flailing, motion-sensing party with not a controller in sight

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Microsoft XBox Console


Microsoft... yes that large company based in the USA run by William Gates... Consoles, the classic things made by Nintendo and Sega... Microsoft and Consoles mix them together and what do you get -well you get the XBOX. The console was first launched...

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Product Specifications

Bring gaming to life in your living room with the Xbox Video Game System, the essential center-piece to any home entertainment set up. Beneath the cool, tough exterior is a system capable of powering the very best single and multiplayer gaming experiences available today. Designed to push gaming to the absolute limit, the Xbox console delivers incredible graphics and cinematic sound that will drop you and your friends deep into the heart of the action. The immense range of top-class games and online gaming with Xbox Live mean there will never be another dull moment.

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Game Console

Colour Support:Colour
HDD Capacity:8GB
Type:Game console


Country Kits:Europe/France / Germany / Italy / Spain / United Kingdom/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft Xbox

Input Device

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Type:Game pad






Installed Size:64MB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Output

2D/3D Graphics Support:2D/3D graphics acceleration
Analogue Video Format:PAL
Analogue Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / S-Video/Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Graphic Effects:Bilinear filtering / Fog effects / MIP-mapping / Pixel Shaders / Shadows / Texture lighting / Trilinear filtering / Vertex Shaders/Bilinear filtering / Fog effects / Pixel Shaders / Shadows / Texture lighting / Trilinear filtering / Vertex Shaders
Max Resolution (external):1920 x 1080