I know that not everybody here is a fan of this paicular console seeing that the devil himself made it, but I just wanted to share my impressions of it. First of all, this is one heavy mother! I think it's listed at 9 lbs but it's a "dense" 9 lbs.! I've heard stories of peoples Xbox's falling because the tape that holds the box together isn't strong enough to hold the machine! Anyways, I hooked up my machine to my HDTV and 5.1 system using an HD pack and booted up to the dashboard. The dashboard is pretty freakin' neat...It's very intuitive and easily navigated. From there you can set widescreen, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 5.1 Dolby (or stereo and Dolby surround), rip CD's, playback music (from Cd's or the HDD), manage your gamesaves, and parental lock-out. One last note about the dashboard...I love the way it's laid out. The menu zoom in and out in 3D and gives the feeling of the machine being "alive." Like some kind of futuristic uber-console, it makes a rumbling noise and mechanical clicks (Hard to describe). it if you leave it alone...it starts to murmur...Cool. Then I put in Dead or Alive 3. EVERYTHING you heard about this game is true...It has to be the most beautiful game I have ever seen. Textures so rich that you would swear they're real. Definetly the most graphically impressive of the Xbox games (Halo comes a close second). Animation is superb and good (if not great)gameplay. You really have to see this game in person, so if you're not buying, this is definetly a worthy rental just to see the graphics. (Wait 'till you see the forest level - WOW!) The only problem I noticed is that there seems to be some alaising issues. Perhaps my HDTV is trying to "upconvert" the image to 1080i which is causing the problems. Who knows? Next game to grace my console...Halo. Game of the year...easy. Me and a friend played 5 hours non-stop in co-op mode blowing away the alien hoard...very impressive. There are times when you are in the middle of HUGE battles completely surrounded by VERY large forces. It is not uncommon to see 25+ NPC's onscreen at once. The AI is also ver impressive...the aliens co-ordinate their attacks as do your marine friends. I won't go into too much detail, but if your interested you can read any number of reviews on this game. If you play it...you'll buy it...it's that good. Lastly, since there had been some question to the machine's stability and overheating, I can tell you this. I had the Xbox running from 9:30am to 3:30 am the next day without any problems. If you go to TechTV they posted pictures of its internals...it looks as though the GPU has a fan for active cooling...interesting. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask and please...no flaming, huh?