Microsoft's Biggest Mistake With The 360?
Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:49 PM
What I consider to be their biggest mistake isn't listed on the poll, and that is the fact that not every 360 has a HDD, so no developer can count on it to be there. Sure, some developers may take advantage of it if it's present, but realistically most developers will write the code assuming you DON'T have a HDD, thereby making the HDD simply a glorified storage device and bypassing all the caching and other improvements that the HDD gave in the original XBox. This holds especially true given the time crunch the developers already go through... not many will have the luxury of taking the time to write extra code to optimize the use of a HDD.
Just my two cents.
Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:35 PM
Posted 13 July 2007 - 10:44 PM
Lack of HD disc/movie file playback would be my 2nd issue as i'd get a better use out of my new HDTV
Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:22 AM
Had they acknowledged it from the start & said they were working on finding a resolve they would have saved a lot of face.
Personally both my 360s have been fine. (touch wood)
Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:25 AM
Posted 15 July 2007 - 05:37 PM
I think the biggest problem with the XBOX 360 is with the XBOX 360 Core system. Every system should have a Hard Drive.
Or if that's too strict, let developers make games that require at least the 20GB HDD. I mean what is that seven GB for on my 20 GB HDD?
Ignoring the RRoD was bad, but they are working on that... Besides, anybody who doesn't buy a two year warranty on a consumer electronics device that costs more than $300 is asking for trouble.
Posted 15 July 2007 - 06:41 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:45 AM
Edited by hassan, 16 July 2007 - 12:45 AM.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:42 PM
I bought my 360 for GoW, now the PC appears to be getting what looks like a better version/update whatever, you didn't buy a Sega for Sonic, then see it released on the SNES, it just didn't happen.
Im an avid pc gamer, and if you look at games for the 360, and take away all the ones that are also available/will be available its pretty pathetic.
Posted 17 July 2007 - 11:04 AM
The no-web browser issue was another problem, you couldn't surf the web on a 360!? which was easily compatible a keyboard.
The crap they call Media Playback, you could look at some files, but usually not the ones you want.
I mean, if you've ever downloaded a movie before, even from iTunes, and wanted to play it on you fancy Hi-Def TV, you couldn't because Microshaft only wanted to support their files.
Ignoring the RRoD. what the hell were they thinking? We've all seen the BSoD, and some even during Microsoft conference:
I could live with the D-Pad being a little flawed, it didnt' affect me much.
The headset was something else, I went through 3 headsets in 3 months. After that, I decided to stop using them.
After about a year with my HDD it suddenly messed up on me, expectable, but terrible. I figured I'll go out and buy myself a new 20GB xbox 360 HDD for mabye 50 bucks CAN, but I was wrong, to buy a new HDD, it would've cost me $200 CAN! So, that's when i said "F**k this, I'm gonna play games on my computer."
Thank you for reading my rant, I hope you enjoyed it. I for one, feel more relaxed already.
Edited by hangintotheleft, 17 July 2007 - 11:07 AM.
Posted 18 July 2007 - 01:57 PM
Ignoring RRoD at top of my list. It happened and should be fixed to avoid further damage to the product image.
RRoD as second, it should never happened, but happened.
Overpriced HDD and memory cards.
Not on the list, but I also have to mention that their commitment on regional lockdown enforcement for LIVE games is pretty lame. I don't blame them for blocking region download of movie and music contents but blocking the games and demos ? That's total bull sh*t.
Now they have to fix millions of units. Even Moore resigned ... oh well ...
Posted 18 July 2007 - 03:33 PM
I'm amazed that the lack of a hard drive as standard is not as much of an issue as it must be. Without the drive, games must be designed with the lack in mind, and as others before me have already mentioned, no drive caching.
Easy fix. I'd be willing to bet that most people have bought only premium systems, or have bought a HDD addon for their core, if they got it. So developers? Just make the game with the drive in mind. Let's put this unpleasant-ness behind us by making core systems VERY unpopular, by requiring a hard drive for your game. Those without drives will either upgrade to play your game, or not play it. If I was developing games, I'd rather try to make HDD's standard than get 10% more sales...
Posted 18 July 2007 - 07:58 PM
Sigh, I'm off to buy a PS3 so I can at least play something for the next 6 weeks while I wait for my console.
Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:37 AM
•The rrod was a definite source of frustration for many(thank God not me! but my power supply tanked after only 3 months...)
•denial by M$ was a HUGE slap in the face!
For me(by a narrow margin),
the biggest pain in the ass to me is the lack of codecs available!! They now support Apple formats, but for heaven's sake! We've got 2 of the 3 most accepted formats unrecognized... Xvid, Divx!
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