Today's news roundup sees a British survey reveal some incredible failure rates regarding the Xbox 360, a Japan-only No More Heroes port to the 360 and PlayStation 3 planned for February, and GameStop play the snitch as they blacklist a rival videogames store.
British Survey Indicates 60% of Xbox 360s Are Malfunctioning
Following Game Informer’s survey a few months back suggesting 54.2% of American Xbox 360s are faulty, CNET have carried out a similar study on the Brits, with similar results. Of the 1,128 gamers polled, 562 owned an Xbox 360, 473 had a PS3, and 591had a Wii, with some respondents owning more than one console obviously. The results indicated a shocking 60% of 360s suffered the dreaded red-ring of death, with comparably only 16% of PS3s and 6% of Wii consoles having experienced failure.
These 360 figures are further hampered by repeat failures, with 32% of those who have already reported a red-ringed console complaining of more than one failure, while 19% say their console has broken three times or more. It’s important to note this was a self-selected survey, rather than a random sample, so a more representative sample may have yielded slightly different results. Still, any survey suggesting 60% of Xbox 360s in Britain are malfunctioning can’t be a good one. [Cnet]
No More Heroes Ported To Xbox 360 and PS3 in Japan
Marvelous Entertainment announced this week in Japanese gaming mag Famitsu, that the previously Wii-exclusive action game No More Heroes, is set to port on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. For the moment these ports are only available in Japan, with a release date set for February 25th at 5800 yen each. While the graphics and gameplay appear to be largely unchanged, no details were revealed on how the Wiimote-specific controls will be implemented on the PS3 and 360.
Although one new feature did make its way into the announcement. A “Very Sweet Mode,” will be made available upon completing certain conditions, granting you access to unlockable “sexy” costumes for the female cast of No More Heroes. The port is sure to hit the rest of the world eventually, and with this news don’t rule out the possibility of seeing No More Heroes 2 on all three consoles come release. [1UP]
GameStop Blacklist Rival Videogame Sellers
With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 being this year’s biggest game, competition was stiff between rival stores fighting for sales. American Mom and Pop video game stores even resorted to breaking the street date in order to stay competitive with rival gaming behemoth GameStop, a move later costing them dearly. Once a GameStop store in NYC got wind of this, the manager sent a few undercover agents round to investigate, who then purchased an early copy of the game. Upon returning, the manager proceeded to contact Activision to report the Mom and Pop stores of ill practice, leading Activision to blacklist the store. The move of course gives the Mom and Pop stores a harder time selling in the future, while GameStop will enjoy less competition. Still, they did break the rules didn’t they? [DualShockers]