Six Reasons The Xbox 360 Is in Trouble

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  1. Puck

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    1. It's unreliable.
    As Microsoft finally acknowledged this month, Xbox 360s fail more often than the company "is comfortable with." Some reports pin the "Red Ring of Death" failure rates as high as 33%. ... Pile on the recent class-action lawsuits claiming that the machine scratches discs at random, and it becomes clear that the Xbox 360 isn't nearly as dependable as it could be.


    2. It only sells marginally better than Xbox.
    Launch-to-date sales of Xbox 360 in the US are only 200K units more than the original Xbox for the same period. That's a bad thing. Granted, calling the first Xbox a failure would be unfair. But the machine was hardly a success as it lost billions of dollars throughout its life and only managed to sell 24 million units worldwide (14% market share) in comparison to PS2's 115 million (67%) and GameCube's meager 22 million (13%). Microsoft needs to sell more 360s than it did Xboxs -- many more -- if it wishes to secure a long-term place in the video game industry. The company's unprecedented and steadfast reluctance to drop the 360's $399 price despite Sony's exorbitantly priced PS3 could come back to haunt them.


    3. A recent string of bad publicity.
    Microsoft's long-running denial of Xbox 360 failure rates mentioned above isn't the only public relations gaffe experienced this year. Robbie Bach, parent president over the XBox division, dumped $6.2 million in Microsoft stock just weeks before the company announced the costly $1.15 billion warranty extension. ... In addition, having Xbox president Peter Moore leave right before its biggest and most important holiday season doesn't look good either, whether voluntary or not.


    4. It has limited appeal.
    You'd be hard pressed to find a better "hardcore gaming" console than the Xbox 360 at the moment. But how does Microsoft intend to infiltrate the living room (assuming that's their ultimate desire) without first offering software for the entire family? You know, that whole casual-games thingy that seems to be doing so well right now ("Hi Wii!"). While Xbox 360 delivers traditional games in spades, it needs to start doing something different in lieu of superfluous first-person shooters .. Microsoft needs to surprise gamers with something fresh while broadening the console's appeal. The Viva Pinata series and Scene It! DVD games just aren't enough.


    5. It bleeds money.
    Microsoft has lost unthinkable amounts of money on its Xbox business. In the six short years it's been in the industry, the company hasn't made a dime. When adding the recently announced $1.9 billion losses incurred in fiscal 2007, total life-to-date Xbox losses are conservatively estimated at somewhere around $6 billion dollars. ...... Every man has a breaking point, and anyone can pull a Sega and quit the hardware business -- even a rich kid with deep pockets.


    6. It still doesn't sell in Japan.
    Can a console achieve ubiquitous success without the support of the second largest video game market in the world, i.e. Japan? That's the billion dollar question Microsoft is trying to answer while striving for moderate success in the country. Since first launching in December of 2005, however, Microsoft has sold a paltry 420,000 units in Japan -- hardly a dent, though not unexpected.


    http://gamepro.com/microsoft/xbox360/games/features/124008.shtml

    (since there was some debate on the console , it seemed prudent that this thread be entered into evidence)
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  3. jfrancis04

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    ...and the Wii is about to become overall market leader even with the 360's 1 year head start.
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  4. Puck

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    ^ which is amazing since I haven't actually seen one in a store in months
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  5. jfrancis04

    jfrancis04 AKA jonboy_the_titan

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    Seriously...those things fly off the shelves as soon as they arrive.
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  6. RyansTitans

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    All PS3 needs to do for me to be happy is get there Sports games to run at 60FPS. AKA MADDEN NFL 08


    30 FPS is unacceptable

    People see that the 360 version runs at 60FPS there gonna want that. Not the PS3's. Why should I have to unleash 500$ for a game system when I cant even play my fav game with the best performence?
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  7. Sorry Puck, this means nothing because it takes 7 reasons to prove a point. But have fun trying.
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  8. PAtitansfan53

    PAtitansfan53 Kush & OJ

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    I just played the Wii and I'm now going to trade in my 360 for a Wii which is so much more fun.

    Microsoft nickels and dimes you for everything and it pisses me off. don't get me wrong there are some killers games coming out for 360 very soon but Wii has some great games as well and it puts you in the game more than the traditional press the buttons you really get into Wii games like swing in home run derby I just find it much more fun and game like Mario Tennis, Super Smash Bro's Brawl, Madden 08, Metroid Prime: Corruption are coming out soon while games like Mario Party 8, Mario Strikers Charged, Zelda, Resident Evil are out now.

    I'm jumping on the Wii bandwagon thats for sure and online is free!
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  9. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith LET'S GO PREDATORS!!!!

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    yeah, about the scratching discs, I had to return my xbox, it scratched my madden 07, (no big loss) then it froze up and gave me the red circle. The foreign lady on the line said that the Xbox "does not scratch disc"

    She also said that I'm experiencing "extreme freezing"

    No Sh##.


    But they sent me a new one for free,I still play it everyday and it still scratched up my NCAA 08, but I got it buffed out, and it works fine now. For now at least.
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  10. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith LET'S GO PREDATORS!!!!

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    but I would still rather have a 360 than an overpriced turd known as a PS3 which will surely suffer the same fate as the dreamcast, as good as it was.
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