360 Beta for Vista Media Center open

Microsoft is looking for Xbox 360 owners who want to help them test out the system's new Media Center Extender capabilities running with the upcoming Vista operating system. On the Xbox Web site, the company is seeking US residents age 18 or over with Internet-connected Xbox 360s and PCs capable of running Vista Ultimate or Home Premium. To sign up for the program, volunteers need only fill out a Web-based survey and wait for a reply from the Vista team. Selected applicants will be notified within the next three weeks.

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Microsoft's final non-backwards compatible Xbox 360 sale is a big disappointment

Microsoft's final non-backwards compatible Xbox 360 sale update is now live, and disappointingly, it appears that no new games have been discounted.

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cammers19952d ago

They were never obligated to have a sale.

jznrpg1d 17h ago

Nobody is obligated to have a sale but that doesn’t mean it can’t be disappointing.

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Ranking The Coldest, Most Ruthless Protagonists In Gaming

Not all video game protagonists are sweet, jolly, or wholesome. Folks like Agent 47 are cold, ruthless, and reserved and it shows.

cloganart3d ago

I'd like to believe Joel's situation is more about turning into a calloused survivor in a cold-hard world who may have made selfish decisions. Not inherently ruthless.

Armyofdarkness4d ago

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

bunt-custardly3d 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_8d ago

I remember good old years of RRoD

purple1018d 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.

darthv727d ago (Edited 7d 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.

purple1017d 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.

shinoff21836d ago

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

Einhander19726d ago (Edited 6d 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.

S2Killinit6d 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.

VariantAEC3d 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_7d ago

True. Still spanked the ps3 though.

XbITBP2P!

shinoff21836d 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

darthv727d ago (Edited 7d 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.

purple1017d 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.

Kurisu7d ago

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

VariantAEC3d 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.

anast7d ago

The Xbox game machine that almost succeeded.

Reaper22_7d ago

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