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I have had my white Xbox 360 since 2007. I have not played it for a long time and have found that you can pick them up for around £50 ($80 USD).

I plan on playing Gears of War 3, but I seem to recall my Xbox struggling with the previous generation of games (Gears of War 2, Modern Warfare 2 etc)..

Will the machine be fine, or is it about time I had an upgrade?

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I like how all advantages of consoles over gaming PCs are starting to wane. Like an XBOX 360 that may or may not be an XBOX 360 capable of playing current XBOX 360 games. –  Hackworth Sep 19 '11 at 9:13
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@Hackworth: Except the hardware inside an Xbox 360 in 2007 and 2011 are still equivalent, modulo some details about the cooling system and hard drive size. So it's not "may or may not". It will definitely play it. –  user2640 Sep 19 '11 at 9:58
    
My Xbox seems fine, it runs super loud though :) –  theorise Oct 24 '11 at 15:30
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As long as you don't suffer a catastrophic hardware failure, any game should work fine. In fact new 360s' CPUs clockspeeds are restricted to match the originals so that there will be no processing differences between the models.

I would recomend that you get a hard drive for the 360 and install any game you play on it. Loading from the HDD significantly improves game performance.

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Good news, thanks for the answer. It is crazy that you can buy one of these Xbox's for less than a SNES on ebay now :) –  theorise Sep 19 '11 at 10:07
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Well, a SNES is a well-crafted collectors' item. –  CyberSkull Sep 19 '11 at 10:21
    
They are still pretty common however. I guess they do have a cult following. –  theorise Sep 19 '11 at 10:37
    
The only thing that might happen is that newer games may install updates to your XBox 360. I had that happen a while back when I got my Kinect - one of the Kinect games installed some updates before it'd let me play. –  Brandon Mar 2 '12 at 22:34
    
@Brandon This happens regardless of model. All games check live when they start for updates. –  CyberSkull Mar 3 '12 at 22:05
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