One of the most hyped features of the Xbox 360 was its customizability. Whereas the original Xbox was a big black box with a ho-hum interface, the 360 can be fitted with new faceplates and custom themes. While the theme department is well spoken for--there's plenty to download and you can upload photos via USB-enabled digital cameras and storage devices--the faceplate selection has been pretty paltry and decidedly lackluster, leaving gamers few options to give their consoles a unique look that really expresses their individuality.
With its GameFace 360, a custom faceplate kit available for $20, Nyko hopes to foster some creativity--and make a few bucks in the process. The Nyko GameFace 360 consists of two parts: a silver back plate and a clear front plate. In between the two, you place one of six preprinted paper templates or a custom design printed on one of 15 included blank sheets. The paper templates have punch-out holes for the Xbox 360's disc tray, memory card and USB slots, sync and power buttons, and infrared receiver. The silver back plate looks pretty sleek in its own right, and you may be tempted to leave it on your 360 console as is. However, while the silver faceplate seems mighty nice, it's not the best choice for a background color, as some of your personal designs may clash with the dark silver styling that pokes through on the memory card and USB slots--a white or clear design may have been a better choice.
As for the included preprinted templates, they aren't that impressive--they're either awful-looking or derivative of already-available faceplates. That said, they afford you a good way to practice attaching the paper template to the clear front faceplate so that you don't wreck your own designs when mounting them.