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Meta Data: Xbox's New Clothes

With Sony's social networking platform, Home, set to launch in beta Thursday, Microsoft has displayed impeccable timing in reminding everyone that it already has a robust 14 million-member online community on its Xbox 360 console.

It is no surprise that a cleaner, friendlier and better organized marketplace has spurred the sale of downloadable content. Greenberg says it's a sign that the NXE's new social features (avatars and a "party mode" that keeps players together as they move from game to game) appeal to mainstream consumers.

On average, movie downloads increased by 49% and television show downloads increased by 30% the week after the launch of the NXE. The sale of Xbox Live Arcade games tripled. And sales of "UNO"--a game released in 2006 and recently retrofitted to include Xbox's new avatars--jumped by 650% the day after the NXE launch.

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D-ROB3600d ago

Theyre still the worst for customer services, got the biggest fail rate in returned and faulty consoles, overcharge for the supposedly great XBOX Live Experience (That is when the servers are not down as usual). They're masters at copying cheap and nasty alternatives from the Wii MII's and PS3 Home avatars. Basically, they're no different to a criminal behind bars for fraud and copywright infringment....mmmm sounds familiar, as am sure MS ha landed themselves in hot water before...
SONY RULES!!!!

GiantEnemyCrab3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

Could you have $ony's tool further up your arse?

"Theyre still the worst for customer services, got the biggest fail rate in returned and faulty consoles, overcharge for the supposedly great XBOX Live Experience (That is when the servers are not down as usual)"

Worst customer service? Do any of these companies have good customer service? I can pull up complaints for all 3 console makers CS reps.

The fail rate was unfortunate. MS gave you a 3 year warranty for RROD and have introduced new revisions to the hardware to cut down the failure rates. I'm sure you know this but why spoil a toolbag rant right? Yes, the RROD should of never happened on the level it did but it is what it is and the newer systems are much more reliable.

I can count the total number of times Live has been down in it's 5 year run on one hand. You make it sound like it's down more than it's up and I think you ruin any rant credibility you had. You are just a hater. Even as you type this Home on PSN is having connection issues, pure comedy!

"They're masters at copying cheap and nasty alternatives from the Wii MII's and PS3 Home avatars."

Again, you are so far up $ony's ass you say the only person copying is MS. I will give you just 1 example OF MANY where $ony is copying.. Trophies. Neither $ony nor Nintendo invented avatars and I find it funny how you give $ony a pass on their Second Life style Home and avatars. Again, you are just a tool and I hope $ony pays you well.

MAiKU3600d ago

"Microsoft has displayed impeccable timing in reminding everyone that it already has a robust 14 million-member online community on its Xbox 360 console"

Reminding everyone there are about 14 million fools.

Man_of_the_year3600d ago

Well 14 million fools is smaller than the 17 million fools who bought a PS3 with only 2 games and a truck load of sub par multiplat titles...

MAiKU3599d ago

ORLY?

metal gear solid
disgea
little big planet
flow
everyday shooter
super stardust
and i could go on and on and on.

and by your logic, if there's 17 million vs the 14 million then wouldn't that mean more people like the ps3? Bwahahaha self logic pwnage.

Man_of_the_year3599d ago

You Are so confused with trying to rebuttal me that you even lost sight of what your first comment was....looks like it was you who just "self-pwnaged"....st upid kids.

maybe you should re-read your first comment and then realize what you were trying to say...instead of me making you look even more like a tool and have to explain.

LeonSKennedy4Life3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

Yep...

New clothes...

...exciting.

It's a good day to be an Xbox 360 owner...

...new clothes!!!

EDIT: No...you CAN dress your guy up...but that's not the point. The point is to feel connected to the world. You can plan gaming strategies on a virtual field, meet up for a game of bowling, race eachother in airplanes, have friends over to your virtual pad to watch a movie that's actually in your system...

Dress-up is the least of your worries in HOME.

solidsnakus3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

i dont see your point... ps3 just got home which is a virtual barbie land/ sims. the whole point of that is to make a guy and dress him up. double standards much?

EDIT:whats the point of planning strategies when your not even playing a game? you can do that on live and its called a party. 8 people can talk to each other AND play what ever they want while doing so. home isnt that good there trying to turn it into a game but at the same time why would i go into home to play some lame bowling or some airplane game when i can just put in cod4 and have a better time. home is like a MMO , a pointless MMO with no items or quests. a virtual chatroom with no purpose other than watch your avatar dance along with other guys avatars.

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UnwanteDreamz3600d ago

Solid I wasn't going to say anything about Home. I was going to let you have your pity party, but since you are intent on spreading FUD then I guess I'll have to comment on your oh so obvious case of sour grapes.

Home only resembles an MMO in the respect that is is MASSIVE so you get points for making my point on that one.

You obviously haven't been to home yet so why make yourself look like a complete idiot commenting on things you have only read about.

Home will have special game spaces for users where you will get to play mini games based on full releases with extra downloadable stuff based on said game.

Home users will have access to exclusive trailers and demos via Home.

I understand how a social platform would not appeal to a loser with no friends. This does not mean that the rest of us will not enjoy being able to go to one place to see cool stuff chat with friends and meet new ones.

If you can give me one valid reason why Home, which costs nothing and is optional, should be dismissed because of the lame ass ranting of an individual who has no first hand experience, then I'll buy a 360.

Home is for PS3 users who are interested. If you are not in that category then ignore it and stop being a loser/hater.