This looks like a thread for screenshots but I can’t find a better place to put what I’m going to tell you.
You can congratulate me. After all these years I finally did it. I bought im@s and a Japanese Xbox 360 (箱○). I ordered everything from play-asia.com. On the whole I ordered 3 packages from them and everything arrived in perfect condition. And I waited for a week for each package to arrive. So in the end the shopping took more than 3 weeks.
And this means now I’m one of you.
The price I paid for the console itself was simply outrageous for me. In Japan Xbox Arcade now costs only 18.000 yen (aka 一万八千円) but the Chinese guys are selling it for $290. Then I had to pay 200 dollars more for shipment. And finally, we have 220 volts curcuit here and the console is supplied with a 110v AC adapter. So I had to go to a local electronics store to get a stepdown converter. But on the other hand, everything works great and I think that it’s absolutely worth the money I spent on it. The only disappointing thing for me now is that I only have SDTV, and after spending such a big sum I’m absolutely broke. But I’ve already checked how it looks with my 39” projection TV. The picture is not the best in the world but the screen is still as huge as it was when I bought this TV around 5 years ago.
So, now let's look at what I have.
First, it’s im@s platinum.
The package with the console wasn't very big. The postal package had a “Handle with care” inscription on it written with a blue marker pen. It’s very nice, of course, but honestly people here don’t read English so I think that the loaders didn’t bother a single bit about how fragile the contents are. The box for the console itself was carefully packed in bubble wrap. And there was some foam for additional cushioning but in very small amounts. I’m lucky that everything arrived in one piece, and there was nothing smashed.
“How does the wrap with air bubbles called correctly?
- It is called “work has come to a halt”…”
I still think that the box isn’t really suitable for sending it by post over 5000 kilometers.
Everything’s in Japanese here which is great.
The inscriptions say that you can have a unique game experience enjoying a fantastic participation effect, which is achieved through 5.1 sound, HD, and a wireless controller with a force-feedback function. It’s also mentioned that now many games are republished in the form of a platinum edition and are sold with a significant discount so you have a chance to make quite a big collection of them.
You can make a media center of your xbox 360.
And it's said that xbox 360 is the entertainment for the whole family. Actually I wouldn’t like to have people around when I’m playing my games.
Now I I put everything that was inside the box on the desk.
There’s a 110v adapter, as I already mentioned.
I use this converter (made in China) to make it work –
It runs perfectly.
The box also has a LAN cable but it's very short. My TV is on the other side of the place of Internet connection.
It is also supposed that you attach your xbox 360 with a composite cable. No, thank you. I’ll refrain from doing that. Instead of doing such a crazy thing I bought a component cable.
Then we have a controller (joystick) – 1 piece. And a battery, 2 pieces.
Now, the console itself.
Xbox 360 is fool-proof. The disc tray has an explanatory note on it -
“Please do not move the console with a disc inside.”
The menu has a multi-language support, including Russian but I stick to Japanese (or maybe you’d prefer el portugués?).
I liked very much the wireless controller. It can switch your console on and off remotely.
On the whole it's much more advanced than ps2.
The console is also very quiet. Considering the fact that it’s much more powerful than the ps2 its fans are only a little bit louder than those of the slim ps2.
But when the DVD drive is working the walls in the apartment begin to tremble.
Speaking of games. Beside im@s I also ordered Dream Club. I just felt that I can’t go past it.