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From Microsoft Failure Rates To Nintendo Challenging Sony: News Roundup August 24th

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Microsoft defend their extraordinary failure rate in today’s news roundup.  In other news, Gran Turismo 5 looks set for a late 2009 release date, the Mass Effect DLC is prematurely revealed, and Nintendo come up with their own plan to counter Sony’s PSP Minis.

Microsoft Defend 54.6% Failure Rate

From Microsoft Failure Rates To Nintendo Challenging Sony: News Roundup August 24th

Following the report that the Xbox 360 holds an incredible 54.6% failure rate, Microsoft has intervened offering an official statement.  “Microsoft stands behind the Xbox 360 as a superior entertainment console with one of the best warranties in the industry,” said a Microsoft representative.  “We are constantly improving the design, manufacture and performance of the console through extensive testing of potential sources of any problems. Xbox 360 is pleased to maintain the title of 'most played console' and the vast majority of Xbox 360 customers have enjoyed a terrific gaming and entertainment experience since their first day, and continue to, day in and day out.”

Although they boast their console provides “superior entertainment” and holds the title of the “most played”, they don’t mention the numbers themselves, nor do they dispute them, or provide their own figures.  Back in February 2008 Microsoft claimed their failure rate was a low 3% - a far cry from the 54.6% gathered by a third party (and therefore not influenced by Microsoft).  Still it’s important to remember 54.6% may not be a reliable figure either, but anywhere near that is still frighteningly high.  [TGDaily]

Gran Turismo 5 Set For 4th Quarter Of 2009 Release

From Microsoft Failure Rates To Nintendo Challenging Sony: News Roundup August 24th

Gran Turismo 5’s pending 2009 release date seems all but confirmed thanks to an official brochure handed out at GamesCom last week.  According to the Brochure “The Ultimate Racing Game Returns” with a release date of “4th Quarter of 2009.”  The game boasts over 1000 cars to race with, offering new NASCAR and WRC championships, so you better hope this brochure is accurate if you hope to play Gran Turismo 5 this year.  [GTPlanet]

Mass Effect Downloadable Content Revealed

From Microsoft Failure Rates To Nintendo Challenging Sony: News Roundup August 24th

The Swiss Xbox site may have jumped the gun when it revealed the upcoming Mass Effect DLC.  Rumours have been circulating for a while now, but confirmation from an official source is pretty undisputable.  The content is named “Pinnacle Station”, costing 400 Microsoft Points according to the listing.  Set on a “remote, top-secret space station” the content will feature 13 battle scenarios, offering roughly 2-3 hours of gameplay.  No release date has been confirmed but couldn’t be too far off.  [EuroGamer]

Nintendo Counter Sony’s PSP Minis

From Microsoft Failure Rates To Nintendo Challenging Sony: News Roundup August 24th

Following Sony’s announcement of PSP Minis - Bitesized downloadable games available for cheap prices – Nintendo have countered with their own strategy to match this.  Nintendo is setting up a similar DsiWare initiative in an attempt to attract more indie game makers, who can make smaller games for cheaper prices.

To facilitate this, Nintendo will charge developers different royalty rates based on the size of their games, which will affect prices.  A game selling for 500 Nintendo points for example would have to be smaller than 20MB, similar to Sony’s 1000MB limit for Minis.  Nintendo haven’t confirmed when this will be set in motion, but given their position in the handheld market it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.  [PocketGamer]

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Felix Kemp  Aug. 24, 2009 at 18:37

So far, I've had three Xbox 360s die, not counting the one I currently own. While I love the system and have perhaps invested more time in it than any other, I think the failure-rate is unacceptable. Microsoft rushed to the market in an attempt to pre-empt any sales gap from either Sony or Nintendo, and in the process neglected to properly test their system.

It's cost them, too. I think Robbie Bach took out a loan of a billion dollars to help support the Xbox Division, and now the brand itself is synonomous with breaking easily. I know many people who are on the fence about buying a 360, simply because they fear it may die on them.

On the other hand, it proves how voracious the community's appetite is for games. We'll willingly buy over 30 million consoles at a price of £250+, regardless of failure-rates.

lumoruk  Aug. 24, 2009 at 21:56

paid £170 for my elite last year hasn't failed yet, waited for one of the newer falcon chips though.

Rubisco  Aug. 24, 2009 at 22:02

Whilst they do have quite a high failure rate, it's clearly not as high as 54.6%. PS3 fanboys will jump on any half-baked poll and spread it about.

Microsoft's biggest mistake was making the 360 display something as iconic as the red ring of death if it does fail. The notoriety makes the problem appear bigger than it is.

davies  Aug. 24, 2009 at 23:06

Forgetting some silly poll where anyone can write any rubbish they want without having to prove they actually own the console they claim to take a look at this PS3 YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH problems -

Google "yellow light of death" without quotes to see the number of PS3 owners suffering this problem unfortunatly it seems to happen once the One year guarantedd runs out..

Or Google images and again type "yellow light of death" without the quotes......

Rubisco  Aug. 24, 2009 at 23:23

Lol @ "without the quotes", that'll bring up every page on the net with the words yellow, light and death in it, regardless of whether it's talking about the ps3 or not.

You're as bad as the guys who made the poll.

davies  Aug. 25, 2009 at 00:03

Really !!! well maybe you should try it as they all refer to the PS3, go on prove me wrong look at the results page after page ALL PS3.....

God  Aug. 25, 2009 at 01:45

Page 28, 3rd result:

Making Light of Death. Famous Dead People. Soap Woman: the body of a woman who died of Yellow Fever sometime in the 19th ... Making Light of Death. Skeletons in the Closet: The L.A. Coroner's Gift ...
www.thelivingweb.net/making_light_of_death.html - Cached - Similar

Now you must apologise..

Rubisco  Aug. 25, 2009 at 01:46

You clearly have no grasp of how a search engine works.

Matt Bee  Aug. 25, 2009 at 02:01

"Microsoft Defend 54.6% Failure Rate" is not so much misleading as flat-out wrong, given that "they don’t mention the numbers themselves, nor do they dispute them, or provide their own figures". This is sloppy, and you shouldn't let it happen again.

Rob Clark  Aug. 25, 2009 at 09:30

My 360 has failed once and it could fail again one day and I dont care.
A new xbox is £100 now and the time I have spent on it in the last 2 years it's without doubt excellent value for money. I would buy a new one instead of sending for repair.

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