Xbox 360, 8 years later and still going strong, Part 2 ( The issues edition)
A few days ago I posted an article regarding the Xbox 360 and how I felt it has been strong for 8 years. I pointed out that the Xbox live has continued to be strong with an expanding user interface, social capabilities and apps. I also mentioned that the system has had a strong library of games from the beginning of its experience and has provided some incredible blockbusters.
In light of all the great things that have come from Xbox 360 in this generation there have been flaws.
The most obvious was the RROD issue. Every one remembers the three flashing red lights around the Xbox 360 power button. It lead Microsoft to realize they had massive gaming community failure. The failure rate was so big that reports started surfacing on a worldwide level. . At the time Microsoft had no choice but to create an extended 3 year warranty to try to control the damage.. Many articles spoke on the graphics chip, the systems faulty wiring and the percentage of users with this problem. The outbreak created a 31 billion profit loss for Microsoft. Despite the damage Microsoft took the necessary steps to recover from one of this generation biggest and worst hardware failures. Though the RROD is a thing of the past there is no doubt that this will always be one of biggest topics of this generation.
The second issue this generation was when the Xbox live got hacked. There were reports stating that accounts had been compromised with many users describing that they had never given out there information. The exact amount of users being compromised was never determined but numerous reports indicated that there was sufficient gamers facing the problem. The problem was not Microsoft's alone as many companies to date have been hit hard.
The third issue is the games. Xbox 360 started out with such a strong amount of games that as time went on many would wonder why has Microsoft took the foot off the peddle. Many consider Microsoft focus on the Kinect and trying to expand to the casual market a major reason why the lack of titles stopped coming. In an interview with the Vice President Phil Spencer he was quoted saying that its about the "quality and impact" In the same interview he also mentioned that "Creating core IP (intellectual property), as many first-and third-parties have seen over the years, isn't an easy thing,". The truth is that is not an easy thing with cost at an all time high. Is investing in titles that don't sell a risky business? the answer is yes. After all if you look back in this generation there have been many companies going out of business.
Considering the 3 issues that I have pointed out. I can still stand by the Xbox 360 not because I am a fan boy but because the system has given me some truly excellent experiences. This is the reason why I wrote my earlier blog. As this generation comes to an end. I don't want to focus on the negatives. I want to enjoy the remaining years of this generation and prepare for the next generation of gaming. I want to remember what count's and that is the games. Please feel free to share your thoughts.