Checkpoint: New Xbox 360 S Edition


If you haven’t heard, the new GameDealsCanada logo is up. You can read thoughts about it in my post earlier.

Today, I’m going to talk about the new Xbox 360 S 4GB that I picked up on Friday. GameStop was willing to trade my “Jasper” Xbox 360 (with one controller, A/V cable and power adapter) + $29.99 for a brand new Xbox 360 S 4GB. It was tough not to say no.

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Checkpoint: New Xbox 360 Edition


I picked up our first Xbox 360 back in December of 2006 or so. We actually went through three of them before finding one that didn’t succumb to the infamous “Red Ring of Death”. When we finally settled with an Xbox 360, it was mostly smooth sailing. Disc read errors would occasionally crop up with the more streaming intensive games, but since arrival of the NXE and its game installation capabilities: it’s been good.

So why did I buy a $200 Xbox 360 Pro last week? Three reasons: the HDMI port, the Jasper motherboard and the additional 40 GB of hard drive space. We don’t need an additional Xbox 360 for co-op games here since we don’t believe in paying for the ability to play online.

Outputting via HDMI produced a noticeably crisper picture, but it also introduced its share of problems. Anti-aliasing was more noticeable which meant I need recalibrate my already sketchy HDTV (check out the latest update on that if you’re curious).

I expected the changes in this new Xbox 360 to be internal, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover this:

The 2006 Xbox 360’s power brick is enormous and uses a three prong power plug. While the Jasper unit sports a respectably sized brick and a more traditional two prong power connector, I still wish it wasn’t so large. I still find the Xbox 360 too cumbersome to lug around with its meaty power and AV cables.

As for the additional hard drive space? I won’t be able to reap the full benefits until I get my transfer kit which should be any day now.

In the end, I’m pleased with the Jasper. The fear of RROD can finally be put to rest and I can focus on enjoying what the Xbox 360 has to offer. Money well spent.

Anyone want to buy an Xbox 360 with a 20 GB hard drive, controller and PGR3 for $125?

How to identify a Jasper Xbox 360

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AnandTech have posted their article on how to pick out an Xbox 360 with the Jasper board revision. It’s an excellent read with helpful tips to help you snag a Jasper.

Here’s the jist of it which I snagged from their article:

Lot # 0842X or newer Maybe
Xbox 360 Arcade Sticker Markings XGX-00019 Probably a Guarantee
Xbox 360 Arcade Sticker Markings Value Bundle 2008 E Probably a Guarantee
Current Rating on 12V Rail 12.1A Guaranteed

If you need some help with locating these labels, check their article for the photos. It’s also worth noting that a lot of the Arcade units are Jasper models. This could be attributed to the fact that this revision includes 256 MB worth of internal memory. It’s also cheaper to make!

“Jasper” Xbox 360 Revision Out & About

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After much waiting, the “Jasper” revision for Microsoft’s failure prone Xbox 360 has been spotted in the wild. Xbox-Scene have the nude pics for those who wish to see what’s under all that white plastic. For those who only care about the noteworthy changes, here’s the breakdown:

  • 65 nm GPU (down from 90 nm) which results in a cooler running and (hopefully) longer lasting Xbox 360.
  • 256 MB of internal storage (up from 16 MB)
    • The New Xbox Experience will live in here along with Xbox Live! Arcade saves (according to VentureBeat)
    • Current Xbox 360 owners are forced to use their hard drives and external memory units for the NXE.
  • New 150W power supply introduced (down from 175W used with the ‘Falcon’ models)

Little to no info was revealed on how prospective buyers can pick one of these cured Xbox 360s, but it’s safe to say that the longer you wait, the more likely you are to get a “Jasper” unit.

As for me, with the NXE, my problematic DVD drive is no longer a problem. Now, I’m just fussing over the lack of affordable storage space.