Participating in the pre-order for Halo3 ODST entitled me to a free ODST console decal by Garskin and the following is my experience when attempting to apply it on my Xbox360.
The Garskin comes with stickers for 3 sides – left, right and front.
There is a label to indicate ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ on the decal, but as I’ve discovered, there is a little problem with the way it is labeled. You see, when something is labelled ‘Left’, it usually refers to the orientation of the product or person you’re applying to. So let’s say you were assembling a toy model, ‘Left’ means the ‘left side of the toy.’
In the case of the ODST Garskin, after applying the decal marked ‘left’ to the console, I realised that it was blocking some of the vents of the console. When I shifted to apply it to the ‘right’ side of the console, it fits perfectly. Maybe I was having a unique way of identifying the orientation of the console. To me, taking the faceplate to be the ‘face’ of the console, I assume ‘left’ to be the side that functions as the top of the console when the console is placed horizontal, while the ‘right’ side of the console is the one with rubber feet. However, according to the way the decals are labelled, it follows the orientation of your face as you’re facing the faceplate of the Xbox360. So ‘left’ decal is meant to refer to the side of the console that is opposite the left side of your face, and vice versa.
Affixing the decal is pretty easy to apply and retry. It doesnt stick immediately to the console, and is easy to peel off. Just be careful not to peel off forcefully.
As I moved on to affixing the decal on the faceplate, I noticed a slight flaw in the cutting. The decal for the disc tray covers the button as well. So if you apply the sticker too hard, the disc tray may have a problem opening. Or that you’re not allowing the decal for the Eject button to apply consistently. To me, that is not alligned to the functional needs of the disc tray. I think it’s better if they split it. Well, that’s what I did.
As I’m not skilled in the art of ‘applying decals’, it took me about half an hour to finish the process. As I looked at the final work, I feel that the exposed vents look a little glaring. I would prefer the way Digiskin handled this, but then Digiskin’s way requires professional service and their whole process takes about three hours.
If you apply the ODST decal to an Elite console (black), I’m sure it will look way better.