The Microsoft Xbox is the computer giant's first-generation gaming console and foray into the video game industry. Featuring some of the most advanced hardware on the market, XBOX also boasts a library of over 450 games and dozens of exclusive titles, including the blockbuster Halo and Fable franchises. The Xbox and its line of games are often aimed at an older demographic, with maturely themed games and a focus on 3-D graphics technology.
- Buy a console. New or used, online or in-person, there are plenty of sites to pickup an Xbox. All major electronics stores, such as Best Buy or Circuit City, carry the console new for $149.99. If you're looking to spend a little less money, you can buy a used or refurbished console for $129.99, usually with a game included! When you buy a used or refurbished console from an online store, it'll be warrantied, but if you buy it from an auction, it might come "as is." Be sure to read all refund rules before purchasing a used product. Top places to look for used Xbox consoles include Gamestop.com and Ebay.com.
- Buy accessories. New and Used Xbox consoles usually are packaged with a single controller and a game. If you're looking to play with a friend, you'll at least need a second controller ($24.99). If you want to use your Xbox as your DVD player, you can buy the DVD movie playback kit, which includes a remote control ($24.99). Other accessories are game-specific, such as dance pads and electronic guns, and can be found with in the rest of the Xbox product catalog.
- Buy games. With a catalog of hundreds of games, you'll be hard-pressed not to find one that interests you. Major electronics stores often sell the newest games for full price, and used games can be found at specialty stores and online. With the release of the new Xbox 360 console, the prices of first-generation Xbox consoles and games are constantly on the decline. Prices games range from $3.99 to $49.99, though it is possible that there will be steady price drops as the Xbox 360 continues to gain popularity.
Once you've got all the games, accessories and necessary hardware, set up your Xbox on your home television and enjoy!