EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

06.17.10

The ‘New’ Xbox 360 is Dead on Arrival as Microsoft Copies Mistakes, Fixes Nothing, Bribes Journalists

Posted in Hardware, Marketing, Microsoft at 6:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Xbox console

Summary: News from E3 suggests that Microsoft has done nothing substantial to rescue its gaming business, which continues to disappoint

AS E3 starts, Microsoft must show the audience (including journalists) something new. Xbox 360 has been having a crisis and Microsoft’s latest peripheral/gadget for it, Kinect/Natal, is receiving some bad reviews including predictions of doom from Dvorak.

Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 is Doomed to Fail

[...]

This all seems like Microsoft’s answer to the clever Wii controller, with its built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers. But when all is said and done, game consoles were invented with game controllers in mind. The Wiimote is a modernized game controller. The Kinnect is a gimmick, and as gimmicks go, its popularity will be brief, unless the most compelling game in the world arrives built around it. And I do not see that happening.

When it comes to hardware issues, Microsoft is just covering up the problem:

Microsoft fixes Xbox RROD… by removing the red light

[...]

One interesting factoid is the decision to remove the red lights from the console. Effectively making it incapable of showing the dreaded ‘red ring of death’ should your new slim Xbox 360 decide to overheat and crap out on you.

Microsoft removes the symptom, a bit like kicking it under the table or sweeping it under the rug. “Xbox 360 slim can’t red-ring by design,” says another headline:

The absolute impossibility of the red ring isn’t by virtue of the console being failure-proof–that has yet to be determined. It’s because the new console has no red LEDs at all. According to a spec sheet obtained by gaming blog Joystiq, the new console has only green LEDs in the ring on its front.

Another common complaint (leading to a lawsuit even) is the scratching of discs by Xbox 360. Microsoft ‘resolved’ this by warning users, not by actually addressing the issue. As The Register puts it in the headline, “New Xbox 360 said to ‘still scratch discs’”

The crucial point here is that the Xbox currently – and will presumably continue to – come with a sticker warning punters not to move the machine while a disc is spinning. Microsoft acknowledged the problem in 2008, but so few folk feel the need to knock their consoles around while playing games that the issue has affected a relatively small number of people.

“Of course they are not going to fix disc destruction,” Oiaohm explains, “Microsoft gets paid per disc sold.”

A few days ago we showed that Microsoft bribed journalists to increase the likelihood of positive Xbox 360 reviews. Here is spin from IDG:

Is Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Slim Press Giveaway a Bribe?

[...]

It just seemed so very strange, watching everyone clapping, cheering, leaping out of their seats, as if we were all on Oprah, and she’d just announced that everyone in the viewing audience was getting a brand new car. Except this wasn’t Oprah, and we weren’t the “viewing audience.” We were there to absorb and critique Microsoft’s announcements and claims. Is this where we’re headed? Game shows with prize giveaways?

“With all the bribery going on,” explains Chips B Malroy, “expect the reviews of the newer slim Xbox360 to be generally favorable.”

According to AP, shows Malroy, “Microsoft fancied to unveil Kinect, the name of its new Xbox 360 motion-control system, with a lavishly bizarre invite-only Cirque du Soilel performance Sunday night that required attendees to don white satin ponchos.”

“With all the bribery going on expect the reviews of the newer slim Xbox360 to be generally favorable.”
      –Chips B Malroy,
As Malroy puts it, “So is that Wine and Dine, bribery, plus a show as well?”

In summary, Xbox 360 shows that Microsoft is continuing its usual bribery of journalists, who are carefully being selected based on their dispositions. That won’t save Xbox 360, which resolved none of the major issues in a revised model; the issues are being concealed rather than eliminated.

In the words of this new blog post’s headline, “Good bye Microsoft!”

It seems that Microsoft is slowly fading from its dominant position and loosing its monopoly. Only through innovation will Microsoft be able to defend its place but it seems that this is very unlikely. Microsoft has become too big and sluggish. It is time to bid Microsoft good bye and embrace the up and coming alternatives.

It is premature to say “good bye” to Microsoft, but either way, there are other dangers to people’s rights and freedoms in computing. In Techrights we perceive the ACTA, for example, as a danger that impacts more than just technology. We’ll write about it tomorrow. This site depends neither on Novell nor Microsoft as fights for freedom are perpetual, history teaches.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. Will said,

    June 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Gravatar

    Wow. Nice group of articles. Other than seeing the announcement of the 360 Slim, I hadn’t paid it much attention. Wanted to wait and see what kinds of problems those models have 6-12 months later.

    Interesting that in the Dvorak article, he gets flamed in the comments for being too old, not understanding video games, being too shortsighted to appreciate the miracle Microsoft is bestowing on the world here, etc, etc. Yet I’ve seen the same sort of cautiously pessimistic attitude on Kinect from many commenters on Kotaku as well, a website dedicated to and frequented by hardcore gamers.

    Sad that they won’t be fixing the disc eating problem. I can’t confirm but I heard once that the difference between the 360 disc munching drive and every other disc drive in the world is a $0.50 piece of rubber that acts as a spacer to prevent that sort of thing. Again, that may not be accurate. In any case, I’m sure Microsoft will enjoy being able to sell multiple copies of the same game to the same user.

    I can see another layer of potential fail here, too: all that jumping around with Kinect is likely to disturb the 360 a little depending on where it is, especially if it’s on its side. May not do anything, but it seems like it might increase the chances of a scratched disk.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The most telling thing is that Bach and Allard have left.

What Else is New


  1. Links 24/11/2014: Linux 3.18-rc6, Qualcomm Eyes GNU/Linux Servers

    Links for the day



  2. Boycotting Micro Focus International

    Microsoft's "Partner of the Year" is taking over the patron of SUSE and all of Novell's remains, except the patents (Microsoft has already grabbed those)



  3. Vesna Stilin's Remarks on Željko Topić: Part XI

    Vesna Stilin speaks about her confrontation with EPO Vice-President Željko Topić, who has criminal lawsuits against him in Croatia



  4. Links 22/11/2014: Linux Mint 17.1, Ubuntu MATE

    Links for the day



  5. Links 21/11/2014: Problems at Debian, Jolla Tablet

    Links for the day



  6. Links 18/11/2014: Linux 3.18 RC 5, New DigiKam

    Links for the day



  7. Special Report: Many Criminal Charges Against EPO Vice-President Željko Topić

    The abuses of Željko Topić, who has gained notoriety in his home country, are rapidly becoming public knowledge across all of Europe



  8. Links 16/11/2014: Xfdesktop 4.10.3, GNU Hello 2.10

    Links for the day



  9. Microsoft is Going Into the Anti-Whistleblowing Business, Dodges Criticism Over 19-Year Bug Door in Windows

    With Aorato acquisition Microsoft helps protect the criminals (from whistleblowers) and with lies about .NET Microsoft distracts from a bug that has facilitated remote access into Windows (by those in the know) for nearly two decades



  10. Reaffirming Microsoft's Long-Known Hostility Towards Net Neutrality, Microsoft Crashed Juniper

    Steve Ballmer is ranting against net neutrality and Juniper's business is in trouble after a lot of executives from Microsoft took over most top positions there



  11. Another Massive Step Towards Elimination of Software Patents as Even CAFC Rules Against Them

    After SCOTUS gets involved in the Ultramercial case, the CAFC finally decides to actually serve justice rather than dogma



  12. The GOP's Patent Reform Plan Not Effective Enough to Stop Massive Patent Trolls Like Microsoft/Nokia

    The corporations-serving GOP says that it wants a patent reform, but another reminder is needed of the futility of the suggested changes



  13. How the EPO's Executive Branch (Battistelli and Topić) Banned Scrutiny and Created Authoritarian Model of Control: Part X

    A look at highly dubious moves by EPO President Battistelli and his right-hand man Topić, whose abuses are becoming hard to oversee or even report



  14. Links 15/11/2014: Linux Mint 17.1 Release Candidate, Popcorn Time 0.3.5

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: October 26th, 2014 – November 8th, 2014

    Many IRC logs



  16. The Terrible Joke Which is Microsoft 'Loving' Linux: Nightmares With UEFI 'Secure' Boot (i.e. Windows Monopoly Imposed) Continue to Affect GNU/Linux Users

    A reminder of Microsoft's sheer hostility towards GNU/Linux and long-reaching sabotage of GNU/Linux installations



  17. Patent Lawyers Worry About Section 101 in 'Alice' (and Other Patent News)

    A quick roundup of news of interest regarding software patents



  18. Will Write for FUD (Against FOSS)

    Black Duck rears its ugly head again, serving to show that it is in the business of changing perceptions and not in the information or analysis business



  19. Debunking Several Days of Never-Ending Lies About Microsoft and .NET

    .NET is not "Open Source", it cannot be forked (there remains patent threat), Visual Studio is still completely proprietary and it is expected to come to other platforms only because Windows has lost its dominance and Microsoft wants to perpetually control APIs (with software patents) and hence reign over developers



  20. Links 14/11/2014: LibreOffice 4.3.4, Ads Now in Firefox

    Links for the day



  21. Links 14/11/2014: GNOME 3.14.2, PulseAudio 6.0

    Links for the day



  22. Microsoft Windows is Still Designed as a Paradise of Back Doors, Intrusion, Wiretaps, and Interception

    At many levels -- from communication to storage and encryption -- Windows is designed for the very opposite of security



  23. Forget the FUD About Bash and OpenSSL, Microsoft Windows Blamed for Massive Credit Cards Heist

    Home Depot learns its lesson from a Microsoft Windows disaster, but it stays with proprietary software rather than move to software that is actively audited by many people and is inherently better maintained (Free/libre software)



  24. Windows 'Update' and NSA Back Doors, Including a 19-Year Bug Door in Microsoft Windows

    The back doors-enabled Microsoft Windows is being revealed and portrayed as the Swiss cheese that it really is after massive holes are discovered (mostly to be buried by a .NET propaganda blitz)



  25. Revealed: Microsoft is Trying to Corrupt the UK in Order to Eliminate Its OpenDocument Format-Oriented Standards Policy

    Microsoft interference with Britain's preference for ODF is now confirmed, thanks to a valuable news report from Computer Weekly; OOXML lock-in is being unleashed by Microsoft on Android users



  26. Links 13/11/2014: Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1 LTS, New KDE Plasma

    Links for the day



  27. .NET is NOT "Open Source", But Microsoft's Minions Shamelessly Openwash It Right Now

    The openwashing of .NET continues with yet another publicity stunt that is intended to lock in developers



  28. Links 11/11/2014: GNOME Trademark Dispute Settled, Mozilla Embraces Tor

    Links for the day



  29. Patent Reform Subversion After Republican (GOP) 'Win' in US Senate

    The Grand Corporations Party, or the political party which serves large businesses that are funding it, continues to just focus on a mirage of a 'reform' rather than tackle the real issues where culprits include very large businesses such as Microsoft and Apple



  30. Microsoft-Armed Patent Troll MOSAID (Now Conversant) Wants to Sweep up More Patents for Litigation

    Reports about patent trolls and scope of patents serve to show what the foes of Free software are up to right now


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts