Performance and Graphic Differences

My brother and I are having trouble deciding on whether to get a 4gb bundle or a 250gb bundle.

 

We don't want to worry about any features being added and removed from the consoles since the beginning of its time as we have all the essentials we need, we have no plans on getting a Kinect anytime soon, and we're very optimistic about the problems ahead of us should we get the Xbox 360 S console. We have an Xbox 360 Pro console that has permanently bit the dust due to internal hardware damage (not malfunction), and the only thing we use to manage data are a removable USB storage device and a memory unit.

 

Back then, we used to have a 120gb hard drive which had only 5 gigs of save data packed inside. The only remaining majority of free space that has ever been used in the hard drive was to install Xbox 360 games, which I've barely ever noticed what differences or benefits it brought.

 

This leads me to wonder, during the times that the Xbox 360 consoles have been changing from different form factors to different features being added and removed, has there been any improvements to the performance in which a game or app is being loaded, from all medias (disc, hard drive, USB storage device)? This usually makes or breaks a decision on whether or not we should wait and save up for a bigger hard drive only for the intention to install and play an Xbox 360 game off the hard drive, or purchase the 4gb bundle right off the bat without worrying about this very feature. We wouldn't want a decaying hard drive.

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 6 Applies to:

There are no performance differences between the Slim and the older models of the 360, the underling hardware is the same.  You won't see faster frame rates or better graphics and such.

 

The 360 Slim is far more stable from a reliability point than previous models, it is also quieter.  If you like to download lots of demos, arcade games and DLC I wouldn't go for the 4GB model, it won't fill your needs.

 

As for installing games, I would highly recommend this.  Not for the loading improvements, but to reduce the wear and tear on the DVD laser, these drives while reliable are still prown to failure over extended time periods.  When you install a game, the disc is only read for a few moments for verification then the game will run entirely from the HDD.

 

Appart from some Arcade games that have been removed, I can't think of any features that have been removed.

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This doesn't tell me when and how the console has ever improved over time.

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Having the HDD will allow you to play backward compatible games, and to use the full range of options for certain games, such as Halo: Reach.

Also, installing games to the HDD reduces disc-drive noise considerably, as well as reducing load times. All in all, I strongly recommend picking up the console with the HDD.

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