I’m an avid Xbox 360 fan, but it gets difficult to defend the console when Playstation and Wii fanboys bring up the ridiculous amount of technical problems that the Xbox 360 has had since its introduction when compared to those other systems.
Here’s my picks for the four most annoying technical problems that the Xbox 360 has had since it came out.
4. Video Streaming is Here!…Well, Sort Of – The Xbox 360 offers the ability to stream video to your console straight from the computer. Right out of the box, all you’ve got to do is…OK, well, you’ve got to run back and forth a few times with some codes to input into your Xbox 360 and your computer and…OK, well, there are a few ways to do it…OK, some video codecs don’t work unless you’re signed into Xbox Live for some reason…and yeah, OK, it’s actually much easier to connect an Apple computer to the Xbox 360 than a Windows computer…
You know, maybe Microsoft just isn’t all about the video streaming after all.
3. Backwards Compatibility, Schmackwards Schmompatibility – Xbox 360 owners bought their consoles excited that the things would play all of their old Xbox games, only to find out what Microsoft and Sony have known for a while–it’s really hard to offer backwards compatibility. Console manufacturers have to essentially build an emulator on the new system to play the old games, and there are likely to be a ton of bugs. So, Microsoft did a reasonable but infuriating thing–they only built up the backwards compatibility for a small fraction of the games that the original Xbox had. Oh, and even those had a ton of bugs. Hey, whatever.
2. Disc Scratcher 360 – When a disc is spinning in the Xbox 360’s disc drive and the console is turned either from horizontal to vertical position or vice versa, that disc becomes scratched something awful. I found this out after merely tilting my Xbox, resulting in a destroyed game disc. In fairness, Microsoft will replace a disc scratched by this technical problem, if it’s from a Microsoft game–if it isn’t, you’re pretty much out of luck.
1. The Red Ring of Death – Ah, you knew this one would be on the list if you have an older Xbox 360. A huge number of the consoles experienced this overheating error, which I believe is caused by soldering coming undone when the Xbox 360 overheats. The consoles would then flash red and wouldn’t turn on. This resulted in widespread console failure, but Microsoft’s response was pretty good; for consoles with the Red Ring of Death error, they extended their warranty and dealt with huge numbers of console returns. If only they’d give the same attention to the Xbox 360’s other problems.
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