“Has there ever been as confused a launch as the Xbox 360? Microsoft offers gamers two different choices. One has a hard drive, component display cable and a wireless controller. The other is a stripped-down model that lacks a hard drive, has a composite cable and a fixed-line controller,” Ed Lin writes for Forbes. “Want the one with the hard drive but don’t want (or need) the wireless controller or component cable? Tough. Buy the composite cable and wired controller separately. On top of this enforced ‘freedom’ of choice, retailers took it another step and offered pre-orders on systems bundled with games, accessories and even pre-paid game rentals.”
“The confusion may be intentional. Microsoft likely hoped to cover up its lack of original games available at launch… Ridge Racer 6? Project Gotham Racing 3? Do developers (and Microsoft) lack so much faith in the new system that they have to recycle repetitious-by-nature racing games? How embarrassing is it that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has been delayed to some point in 2006? How embarrassing is it that the advertising blitz for that game had already begun before the delay was announced? It doesn’t matter how many different faceplates a gamer can slap onto the front of a system,” Lin writes. “If anything, the Xbox 360 is aptly named: Microsoft is trying to give gamers the spin.”
Full article here.
UK woman narrowly survives Xbox fire; users report Xbox 360 ‘crashing like mad’ – November 23, 2005