XBOX 360 Launches in South Africa

If you're a gamer living in South Africa, chances are that your visual periphery was dominated this past weekend by Microsoft's Xbox 360 launch and its accompanying marketing campaign. Nearly a year after the system's first-worldwide launch, the Xbox 360 became officially available to eager shoppers at the stroke of midnight on Friday, 29 September. Playable in-store kiosks, radio advertisements, campus tournaments and vaguely sinister cardboard stands announced not only the arrival of "the next generation of gaming," but the expansion of choice.

Looks like it was well anticipated and I thinks it great that gamers around the world can finally get thier hands on some Next - Gen goodness. This is the Midnight release. Check it out.

eques judicii6494d ago

I like seeing how microsoft is expanding to so many areas of the world... and here's why: xbox live is global, so it will expand the user base and give me more people to shoot up online!!

Anerythristic266494d ago

I thought this was cool. It shows that as the 360 expands worlwide so does the gaming community. It's also cool that gamers in South Africa are obviously excited about the 360 and Next Gen gaming. This is a GREAT crowd for the midnight release at 1 store. Imagine the other stores and crowds.

TheMART6494d ago

Damn imagine, SA, India, former East-Europe countries, it will give sales such a boost. Even by mid november around 10 million units will be sold I bet!

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Armyofdarkness9h ago

Ah, fond memories of strangling all the people in their hotel rooms in Hitman 1

bunt-custardly7h ago

Lara Croft, Nathan Drake etc, cos they pretend to be the good guys but are mass murderers that show no remorse.

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With The Xbox 360 Store Closing Soon, Let’s Look Back At The Console’s Legacy

As the Xbox 360 store will shut down on July 29, 2024, I think now is the best time to look back at the console's legacy.

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MaximusPrime_4d ago

I remember good old years of RRoD

purple1014d ago

Not to mention, #scratchgate

And also taking your hard drive to your mates in a backpack, only to get there and find “Error 80072EF3 data is corrupted”

Great one. LAN party Night ruined.

darthv724d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Dont know about the hard drive one, but if you were doing a LAN party then you'd take the whole system... not just the hard drive. As for scratched discs, yeah that was an issue for all of those optical drive based systems. I had ps1 and ps2 scratch discs, same with dreamcast, saturn and 3do. Come to find out that you really shouldnt be moving the systems while the discs are spinning... go figure.

One system i never had that problem with was the og xbox, only because it was built like a tank and weighed just as much.

purple1014d ago

you take the hard drive when there are already multiple xboxs there, but you want your account, ie your level 32 on halo, but your mates only level 12, and you intend to go online at some point, etc.

360 scratched disks even without moving the console, laser alignment was off.

shinoff21833d ago

Darth those scratching disc issues weren't just from moving the console, it was an issue while just sitting still as well

Einhander19723d ago (Edited 3d ago )

darthv72

Yes CD get scratched, but the 360 issue was that the disk drive spindle put the disk back onto the tray before it stopped spinning. That was not the case with PS1 or PS2.

The 360 had an actual problem caused by the hardware itself. The disks would get circular scratches from the disk spinning on top of the tray.

And I own plenty of PS1 and PS2 games and none of them have that type of scratches. Where as the 360 games I own all have this exact type of scratch.

This isn't even really a debatable thing, it went to up to the supreme court. Who didn't rule on the case and sent it back to the lower court where Microsoft settled instead of having to face a class action and admit that the 360 had yet another major flaw.

S2Killinit3d ago

I had disc scratch issue with xbox, even without moving it, but not with other consoles. With xbox if you moved your console, it was game over for your disc as far as I remember. You could hear it.

VariantAEC4h ago

Should've used a memory card... wait you could migrate your account to the memory cards like on Wii, right? PS2 only allowed wifi information to be saved and PS3 wouldn't allow migration of such data at all (at least before PSN was well established, after that you could set up an alternate user on a friends PS3 and migrate data by logging into your PSN).

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Reaper22_3d ago

True. Still spanked the ps3 though.

XbITBP2P!

shinoff21832d ago

It didn't though in the end Ms stopped supporting it halfway through and ps3 ended up with better games. Last of us over everything released that gen, alone.

Far as sales ps3 was also on top of the 360

darthv724d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Great system marred with poor design choices in its early life. From the first redesign on though... it was nearly flawless. and the games hold up remarkably well still to this day.

Kinect would be the only late in life blemish, but one that 'thankfully' didnt last for too long. Its a really cool piece of camera tech... just not that great for games.

purple1014d ago

I actually thought Kinect was good, they could have tried harder with it and found some success,

the only problem was them including it bumping up the price, they could have had a bundle with it included and another without, but they only had the one bundle, so people felt forced into it.

Kurisu3d ago

Will the 360 games still be available to buy on Series X|S, or is that going as well?

VariantAEC3h ago

This closure only effects the Xbox 360 storefront. MS being the huge liars that they are we can't fully trust that this closure will not affect any Xbox/360 BC games... but they didn't actually say it would so I'll take that to mean this store closure only affects Xbox 360 users until we learn otherwise.

anast3d ago

The Xbox game machine that almost succeeded.

Reaper22_3d ago

360 wasn't perfect but it was a huge success.

shinoff21833d ago

Out of the 3 it still ended up last. It was a success in a way but Xbox went backwards right after.

S2Killinit3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

MS went backwards in the middle of that generation. They stopped buying games exclusivity because it became too expensive to buy exclusivity once there was a solid number of consoles in the market; and MS simply did not invest in the in-house ability to make games. Strangely, MS didn’t want to get involved in the art side of gaming. Leaving the second half of that generation barren.