Wii fans, enjoy: Our Issues with the Xbox 360
Over the course of a few recent blog posts on the Nintendo Wii, I've personally taken some heat for being pro-Microsoft and anti-Japan. This is limited to the realm of gaming (pretty much the most heated, controversial, and sometimes immature realm in tech). While I must admit that I prefer the 360 to the other systems – for the moment – I have made it very clear in the past that Microsoft's console is far from perfect. After a year of availability, here are just a few reasons why we're critical of the "new" Xbox.
A year ahead is a year behind
Despite the fact that the year head start has given Microsoft an edge where it generally matters most – in games – there are other factors that actually make the system already dated. For one, the hard drive, which is 20 GB, is a third of the size of that offered by the PlayStation 3's premium version. That could become a real problem as Live, the Xbox 360's online service, begins offering more and more
It's true that the $199 HD DVD player, which Santa recently delivered to me, erases the cost advantage the Xbox 360 has over Sony's offering. Although both HD DVD and Blu-ray look equally fantastic, the inclusion of HDMI does give the PS3 that slight edge. Of course, unless Blu-ray stand-alone players come down in price, that format could certainly go Betamax on us all.
Live is great, but sometimes a friggin' rip off
I've sung the praises of Xbox Live, but it's also sometimes quite the virtual scam artist. First, there's the $60/subscription. Beyond the fact that the PS3's online service is free, there are other charges for extra downloads. We won't even go into details over Oblivion's costly horse armor upgrade, since it's easier to point out overly pricey gamer pictures and Xbox Live Arcade titles ($10 for Doom? They're lucky I'm damn nostalgic).
The Red Circle of Death, Doom, or Misery
If you haven't read about it, check out my own personal story of a fried Xbox 360.
All in all, the Xbox 360 is a good system. I've tested all three consoles, and I tend to believe that, at the moment, it is the best one out there. With that said, the potential of the Nintendo Wii and the historically popular and well-supported PlayStation series are both likely to grow and grow…and grow.
I'll be there playing all three, however…not just 360.