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Sexy new Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle unboxing

As it turns out, my old Xbox red-ringed, so we brought the first Kinect back and bought the bundle. Sigh. Here's what the Kinect combo looks like.
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Here it is. The big bundle. This set contains an Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard drive, a wireless controller, and the Kinect. 
 
But lest you think you know what you're going to get, visit the rest of this gallery. There were some surprises inside the box (and not all of the good kind).

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It's the side of a box! Yay!

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This is the other, prettier side of the box. This side is the one that gets all the attention and dates, while the other side does all the work.
 
No, your gallery author is not entirely anthropomorphizing, but neither did he come up with Kinectimals!
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Yes, you are the controller. A very, very silly-looking controller.

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Look, it's a portable gaming system! Well, what?
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Now, we're getting to the good stuff. But what does that green tag say?

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Oh, yeah. Don't sell until November 4 so we can boost our first-week sales numbers just as much as possible, especially since people still remember the Kin and aren't so sure about those Windows Phones.

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Jump in? Seriously? That'd hurt the Xbox, it'd hurt me, and it'd all go very, very wrong. Warning to literal-minded people. Don't do it. Don't jump!
 
By the way, what is it with Microsoft and all the less-thinkie, more-jumpie in their new games. Gamers sit on couches. Gamers sit on the floor. Gamers sit. Gamers do not jump.
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Finally, some inside stuff. That thing wrapped in foam is the new Xbox.

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There it is. It's so exciting. Let's take it out!

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The Xbox is coming out of its packing. Those foam protectors are pretty strong.

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This is what's inside. You can see the Kinect Adventures game and the center of the Kinect itself.
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The fins come off the Xbox packaging.

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Here's the sleek hottie herself. This is actually the bottom of the machine, but the top looks identical. That's important, actually, because this is the first Xbox 360 without an easily removable hard drive.

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Here's a side view of the machine. Notice the venting on the side. This has some interesting implications. First, of course, this means you can't stack anything on top of this Xbox.
 
Second, maybe with better and more centralized venting, this new Xbox form factor will cool better and we won't see so many Red Rings of Death.
 
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The front of the new Xbox 360, upside down (hey, your gallery photographer hadn't had coffee in hours!).
 
In any case, it's important to note that this Xbox doesn't have physical buttons.
 
These buttons are touch sensitive and, boy-oh-boy, sensitive is the operative word. You can just brush by the Xbox and the disk tray will shoot out.
 
It's actually a very annoying design element and, because it suddenly starts the machine, may cause its own brand of failure. Joy.
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 Here's the back. We'll look more closely at it in the next slide.

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This is a better view of the back. That's not three USB connectors on the right. Instead, there are two USB connectors and a special connector that's for the Kinect.
 
This is the second interesting surprise of the new Xbox bundle. Stay tuned
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Let's get back to what's inside the bundle box.

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There are three compartments hiding goodies, plus the Kinect.

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The middle compartment hides the controller, the Kinect cable, and the crappy headset.

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Here's the controller, snug in its bed.

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Sigh. One more thing I don't like about this bundle. The new controller is too small for your gallery author's big hands. On the other hand, Gallery Author's wife loves the size of this controller. Guess who's going to get it?

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Here's the crappy headset. If you want to hear teens smack-talking while at the same time shaming you as a gamer, you'll want to buy a different headset. The sound quality on this sucks.

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Now, let's move on to the goodies in the side compartments.

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On the left side compartment, we have a power brick.
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On the right side, we have a power cord. Bet you've never seen one of these bad boys before, eh?

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Okay, so here's the next nasty surprise. Notice this cable. Does it look like HDMI to you? Nope, me neither.
 
The Xbox 360 Elite came with an HDMI cable which, if you don't buy them from Best Buy, can be actually cheap. And yet, no HDMI cable.
 
We think this was a poor choice. Yes, it's the least common denominator, but it's time for Microsoft to fully embrace HD and sell the loser-people's video cable to those who insist on buying a Wii this holiday season.
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Ah, finally, the Kinect.

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Here we have yet another nasty surprise. For some people, this won't be an issue, but for others...it sucks.
 
If you looked at the Kinect unboxing gallery, you might have noticed a particular USB gable with a power supply.
 
The bundle didn't come with this cable, and as a result, you can't buy yourself a new Xbox, give your old Xbox to your wife with the Kinect, and have them work. The Kinect with the Xbox bundle, must be used with the new model Xbox.
 
As far as we can tell, Microsoft has no plans to offer this cable as a separate purchase. Fail.
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Enough complaining. Here's the Kinect. When packed with the bundle, the Kinect has a nice neck protector. Sold alone, no neck protector.

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Close-up of the neck protector. This is the Kinect's formal wear look.

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Here's the Kinect in its full glory. Pretty little thing.

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Did you notice this green sticker? It wasn't on the standalone Kinect. Apparently, you're not supposed to drink while jumping around and making a fool of yourself.
 
I wonder if Microsoft has don't-text-and-drive stickers on Windows Phones?
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Finally, here's the full set of goodies. Despite some complaints, it's a pretty cool setup.

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