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Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:44 AM | Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).


Microsoft owns up to "E74" 360 errors, expands warranty

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:26 PM | Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

A popular gaming blog tracked a new kind of Xbox 360 error, the E74, and Microsoft has finally owned up and added the issue to the three-year "Red Ring of Death" warranty. This is a win for consumers, but it's yet another black eye for Microsoft's hardware.

While Xbox 360 systems may be known more for the dreaded "red ring of death" than any other hardware failure, one gaming blog has been tracking the rise of the "E74" error, an issue that causes the console to crash and show a multi-language kill screen. You'll also get a single red section on your system's power button. Microsoft is aware of the problem, and has since amended it's three-year warranty to cover the error.


Xbox 360 Sales Up 600%

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:30 PM | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Xbox 360 hardware sales in North America have doubled, and in some instances sextupled, since last week's price cut, according to a statement from maker Microsoft.

"Coming off the heels of the console price drop last week, Microsoft Xbox 360 sales have surged, with retailers reporting over 100% sales lift for all Xbox 360 models compared to the previous weekend," reads the Microsoft release received by Kotaku.

"Additionally, retailers are reporting that between Friday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 7, some Xbox 360 models were selling at six times the rate they were the weekend prior," the company continued.


The XBox 360 to be cheaper than the Wii

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:55 AM | Thursday, September 4, 2008 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

One of the the biggest selling points of Nintendo's Wii video game console since its launch nearly two years ago has been that it was the lowest-priced of the trio of next-generation machines, which also includes Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

To date, the Wii costs $249, while the lowest-priced Xbox, the so-called "Arcade," retails currently for $279. An 80GB PS3 sells for $400.

But Microsoft said Wednesday that it will drop the price of the Arcade on Friday to $199, breaking through what some have said is the all-important psychological price level of $200. At that price, industry observers say, the market opens up to mass levels of consumers.


"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" for Xbox 360 and PC

Submitted by: GlassShadow @ 07:58 PM | Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | (url: http://www.market...)

"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" lets gamers captain their own boat in the frenzied search for an undersea jackpot. Gamers select one of five real crab boats, including the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie and Sea Star -- all featured on the series, or create and customize their own boat. Gamers then recruit and lead their own crew from a roster of twenty real crab fishermen.

The game's realism is enhanced with four real Bering Sea harbors and 34,000 miles of real Bering Sea coastline created from the United States Geological Survey. In addition, "Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" is the first video game to feature United States Coast Guard vessels and helicopters.


Left 4 Dead Announced For XBox 360

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 10:50 PM | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

The 360 version of L4D will allow for four-player coop and eight-player versus matches over XBox Live or System Link. Lombardi was asked whether or not the game would support split-screen multiplayer, but he replied that for now, although split-screen is an attractive prospect, he couldn't promise it.


Activision Announces GHIII: Aerosmith

Submitted by: SpenXcore @ 11:30 AM | Friday, February 15, 2008 | (url: http://www.psu.co...)

New GHIII expansion due this June.


Teen Arrested for Crazy Talk on Xbox Live

Submitted by: Colosus @ 10:26 AM | Thursday, December 13, 2007 | (url: http://news.teamx...)

Cumberland Times reports that a Frostburg State University student has been taken into custody after an investigation confirmed that the 19-year-old gamer issued a threat of shooting up the school while playing Call of Duty 4. Shaw faces a maximum penalty of one year jail time and/or a fine of up to $5,000.


Skarin's Calling In Viking: Battle for Asgard Trailer

Submitted by: Colosus @ 10:53 AM | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Sega has released a second Viking: Battle for Asgard trailer, offering two minutes of cinematic in-game footage from Creative Assembly's third person action game (PS3, X360).


Omega Five Hands-On Preview

Submitted by: Colosus @ 10:28 AM | Friday, December 7, 2007 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

I took a shot at Natsume's crazy horizontal shoot-em-up Omega Five (X360), coming later this winter to Xbox Live Arcade. You can be a goop-shooting, four-armed alien. Or a samurai who slashes bullets and has a magical dog. This game is going to rule.

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Lawsuit over Halo 3's incompatibility with the Xbox 360

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 03:48 PM | Thursday, November 22, 2007 | (url: http://www.courth...)

A California man is suing Microsoft and Bungie over the well-known incompatibility with Halo 3 and the Xbox 360. From the complaint:

Defendants knew or had reason to know that Halo 3 was being purchased by consumers for use on an Xbox 360

...

However, Halo 3 does not function with the Xbox 360, and to the contrary, attempted use of Halo 3 consistently causes the Xbox 360 to "crash" "freeze" or "lock up" while the game is being played.


Lawsuits are fun!


Rock Band DLC priced, detailed

Submitted by: Mr Rabies @ 03:18 AM | Thursday, November 15, 2007 | (url: http://www.gamesp...)

Harmonix announced their plans for Downloadable Content for Rock Band!
Cost will average 1.99 per song, 5.49 if you buy a bundle (you can buy bundles as individual songs, unlike Guitar Hero 2 or 3.)
Here's a selection of the stuff available the first week. Total of 15 songs will be available the first week and 27 within a month of launch:

Metallica Pack
"Ride the Lightning"
"Blackened"
"And Justice for All"

The Police Pack
"Can't Stand Losing You"
"Synchronicity II"
"Roxanne"

Queens of the Stone Age Pack
"3's and 7's"
"Little Sister"
"Sick Sick Sick"

Some songs will be cheaper, some more expensive. ($0.99-2.99)
Harmonix is going to own my soul by the time this is over.


Don't buy Tony Hawk PG to get GH III Demo....BURN IT for free!

Submitted by: Rooster! @ 03:45 PM | Thursday, October 18, 2007 | (url: http://www.xbox36...)

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground released to retail this week and, as promised, it features an exclusive Guitar Hero III demo inside. But now we're hearing about a new, hacker'ish way to gain access to the precious GHIII demo without shelling out the cash for Tony Hawk ... simply burn it to a CD.

Over on the Xbox Live the Guide forums, posters are reporting that the GHIII demo has been leaked online and can be downloaded off a popular fileshare website, be burnt to a CD or DVD and played on any Xbox 360. We've already heard of people being successful in their GHIII demo stealing ventures, but others are reporting problems with their 360s reading the burnt media.

Make sure you use media your 360 is compatible with.


Orange Box News Roundup; takes first place on Metacritic with a 97, over Halo 3 and a

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 09:44 AM | Thursday, October 18, 2007 | (url: http://planethalf...)

First on the agenda is something that may not be overly surprising to all. The Orange Box package has jumped ahead to be the leader of the pack on Meta Critic with a rating of 97 for both PC and the Xbox 360, beating games such as Halo 3, Bioshock, and even all previous Half-Life titles.


[360] Falcons Have Arrived

Submitted by: Evil Light Bulb @ 08:46 PM | Sunday, September 30, 2007 | (url: http://www.dailyt...)

While the arrival of Falcon based 360 has been long expected it seems the transition is finally making its way into stores. Possibly limited to the LE Halo 3 box, Daily Tech surmises reports from the X-Box Forums indicating that 65nm CPU revision is hitting the shelves along with redesigned heatsinks. How effective this proves to be at reducing heat and presumably the failure rate of the 360 remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen whether or not the GPU will be receiving the 65nm treatment anytime soon. It could easily be argued that this would be the more important 'update' for the 360.

A quick guide to aid Falcon searches can also be found at the XBOX forums http://forums.xbox.com/15804553/ShowPost.aspx