Xbox 360 Falters: Parts Shortages or Bigger Problems?

Microsoft is blaming inventory problems on a recent drop-off of Xbox 360 console sales, but with even Sony's lackluster PlayStation 3 outselling the Xbox 360 now, its unclear where the problem really lies. But this much is obvious, regardless of blame: The Xbox 360 is bringing up the rear in console sales so far in 2008, a condition that could relegate Microsoft's video game business to also-ran status.

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decapitator3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

"lackluster PlayStation 3"....orly ? ...Besides the messed up intro, almost everything else is factual. The real question is, when will Microsoft let it be known exactly what the hell is going on with them.

Blademask3691d ago

Compared to the 360, the PS3 hasn't released A N Y of its mega blockbuster titles.

It just goes to show you the high expectations everyone has for sony. 10.5 million is "lackluster" :)

decapitator3691d ago

Thanks for your reply BDM, you are right.

Danja3691d ago

personally I think the 360 sales are just right...and the fact that the PS3 is now outselling the 360..M$ just doesn't wanna admit that there back in 3rd place so they're just making up BS excuses.

10 mill 360 have been sold in NA...the 1st xbox sold 15+ mill in they're sales are right..besides the PS3 is a better value than the 360 and now with Blu Ray's victory ppl are starting to take note....

chaosatom3333691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

here is my reply:
the lackluster term is total bs. I not sure how many games an average gamer plays but I think that games are there. There are just not recognized by the general public. There has been lots of good multi-platform games and exclusive as well for ps3. I mean just compare it to Wii. Does wii have better online functionally than ps3 or has tons of good games? Wii does have good games but it misses a huge opportunity on multiplaform games like devil may cry 4 or burnout, army of two, and i could go on. Wii could also be considered lackluster but i guess it goes back to expection from the console that you guys mentioned. I mean it only takes a few AAA titles to make a console go from lackluster to having some luster. Xbox has halo3, gears, bioshock and i guess mass effect. We have uncharted and resistance. But not having lots of exclusive titles hasn't hurt ps3, what has hurt is the crappy ports more than anything like orange box, assassin's creed and a few others. Once those end, the software sells will be good for the ps3.

Second when they say that Microsoft's game library is twice as big, you do have to remember that Microsoft has lots of crappy titles and lots of good ones too. It's because of the good ones that microsoft is making so much not because of a huge library of games. Don't forget halo 3.

Third when they talk about shortages, they talk about elite. Nobody would want to buy arcade or core. Just a 50 more and then you get a real console.
Sony on the other hand doesn't have a model that feels too cheap. I bought the 40 gb version and it didn't feel cheap, trust me. I mean, has anybody weighed the thing?
It 's massive compared to ps2.

Danja3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

good comment....but the PS3 has lots more game than just RFOM and Uncharted....last year the gaming media was generally hard on all things PS3..

Heavenly Sword

those were all great games...not to mention that this far outclass what the 360/Wii offered in there 1st year....

chaosatom3333691d ago

yeah but there is still the feeling that they are not considered AAA titles like
heavenly sword - too short
warhawk - just multiplayer, no single player
R & C - too generic i guess or more like been there done that feeling
Motorstorm - not really a racing fan.
folklore - no ads or hype at all behind this game.
The games are great but still feel cheap kind of mentioning them.

Danja3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

okay plz explain what makes a game AAA for you ??...cuz since recently...AAA games means..."METACRITIC...and Sales"...which is total crap...

it's about producion values of the games.....and once a game is's AAA in my book...and all the games I mentioned were awesome.....

Warhawk is an AAA game online game on ne console...

Halo 3 is considered to be an AAA game but it offered nothing new over Halo 2...other than Forge mode...just another generic slow moving FPS.....

FirstknighT3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

that's fine if that is how you feel. I'm sure some people think Lair is a AAA title. I like a few games that got pretty crappy reviews. But a AAA title is something that gets an OVERALL good score. A game that the majority agrees is a great game. Majority always wins. And it's common knowledge that the 360 easily had the better first year than the ps3.

"Halo 3 is considered to be an AAA game but it offered nothing new over Halo 2"

That is really some stupid thinking. So God of War 2 offered something new over the first one? MGS4 offers something new over MGS3? That's like saying GT5 offers nothing new over GT4. Just more cars and tracks. MGS4 offers nothing new over MGS3. Just more gadgets and weapons.

jmare3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

Nice try, but common knowledge is not as common as you think. Second, that the 360 had a better year than the PS3 is debatable. There are many different factors that make the determination who did better last year subject primarily to opinion rather than fact. There are the issues of competition (or lack thereof), price, software sales, hardware sales (worldwide), hardware sales (per region), Hardware reliability, attach rates, HD movie format war, the "Wii effect", the "Halo effect", hardware difficulties (development side), and software lineup. All these factor contrbute to the debate and ultimately a reasonable person could argue the point either way. So it comes down to opinion.

EDIT: That's interesting, i get disagrees for saying which console had the better year is debatable and therefore left up to opinion. Disagreers, fanboy much?

FirstknighT3691d ago

well your pretty much talking about every single aspect of the gaming industry. I was talking about the quality of the software released in the first year. It is common knowledge that the 360 had one of the best launches in gaming history while the ps3 had one of the worst. Now we're just talking about the quality of the games not everything else you mentioned.

chaosatom3333691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

i guess i can't really say what's AAA title or not because i haven't played all the games, there you can have that argument. but my preception is based on how epic each title feels. I would say games like mgs, gtaiv, ff, gow deserve to be AAA.
Having a AAA title depends on media (hype) + public affection for the game and game reviews. so there, maybe the games were missing one of them.

jmare3691d ago

Even talking about the software only, the only reason the 360's software was "better" is that there was no next gen competition. Compare this to the PS3, which is a pain in the ass to code for compared to the 360, suffered from a lack of knowledge of the hardware on the part of the developers combined with developers getting a better grasp of the 360 hardware. I'm not saying the 360 launch year lineup was bad, it's just people have blinders sometimes because there was nothing to compare it to. when it launched.

The Lazy One3690d ago

the "AAA" title has to do with budget and sales. It has nothing to do with the actual quality of the game.

Just like Hollywood big budget movies like lets say Spiderman are considered "AAA" movies, they aren't necessarily the best quality, but they have huge budgets and huge box offices.

Lots of people over the past few years have gotten the misconception that "AAA" is some sort of hint at the quality of a game, when that's not the case at all. It is all to do with budget and sales.

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Kaz Hirai3691d ago

Do these SMELLY, PRIMITIVE GIBBONS even realise who won worldwide sales in 2007?
Here's a hint, you braindead PIGS- begins with 'S' and ends with 'ony!'


iAmPS33691d ago

You rest assure dear Kaz, Sony has the answer:

Kaz Hirai3691d ago

You are now my official Propaganda Minister! Keep up the good work!


chaosatom3333691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

Maybe your will enjoy this. Muhahaha.

eagle213691d ago

IAMPs3 is talented...pure awesome

iAmPS33690d ago (Edited 3690d ago )

BOTS have one last hope:

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iAmPS33691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )


Sir Ken Kutaragi 33691d ago

Nice Image!!! ;-D Cool that;)

iAmPS33691d ago

It's a interesting fight, both consoles are making history, that's for sure.

Breakfast3691d ago (Edited 3691d ago )

Some for the right reasons (Halo 3 sales), (Blu-ray) :)...some for the wrong reasons (RROD), (Wii wining console race) :(

jmare3691d ago

This is going to be one hell of a flame war in the comments here.

Genesis53691d ago

You're absolutely right and I'm not getting involved. It usually just ends up costing me bubbles.