10 Things I Hate About You – Xbox 360

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10 things I hate about the 360

This is the first in our series of 3… maybe more… articles which will happily focus on the 10 things that we hate about our consoles of choice.

While all three of the new consoles have brought something new and interesting to the table, none of them are perfect and now it’s time to point out exactly what is wrong with each and every one of them.

Up first is the red eyed monster from Microsoft.

10. Charging for Online Multi-Player

Which dingbat in the Microsoft office thought it would be a good idea to suddenly charge the public for the ability to play against each other online? Something PC gamers have been doing for years for free and continue to do for free still today.

9. Scratching Discs

I take my Xbox 360 around to a friend who has wooden floors and after a mere 40 minutes of gaming my Medal of Honor disc has a deep ring scratch through it and it’s no longer usable (Not that I am crying over that game). Simply because someone walked past the console while we were playing.

8. Halo

Halo 1 was great, Halo 2 was okay and Halo 3 was painful. If I wanted to listen to whiney teenagers all day long I would become a teacher.

7. Over Priced Accessories

R1000 ($125) for a 20GB hard drive… what have that lot been smoking? The things can be picked up for R300 from our local rip off market.

6. No HDD in the Arcade

Seriously the original Xbox had a nice healthy drive in every single console and then they go and release a gimped console and charge us the previously mentioned idiotic prices for the HDD afterwards.

Choices?

5. Multiple SKU’s

Remember the good old days when you could go into a store and buy a Playstation 2 or Xbox and that was the limit of the decision. Now I get phone calls all the time asking me if they should be buying the Code, Arcade, Premium, Pro, Elite or Mongoose… Trying to explain that the Core is the Arcade and the Premium is the Pro is hard enough without some of them having HDMI ports and the others not.

4. No Wireless

Seriously, the thing would have cost and extra R80 ($10) to stick into the box and you left it out and then expect us to fork out R800 for one as an added extra? I have now resorted to running UTP cable all through my house instead

3. Patches

I remember a simpler time, a time when you bought a game and it worked straight out of the box and if it sucked it would continue to suck until eternity. Now the latest patch for the game is normally available before I get the game home from the shop. (Applies to all but started by Xbox)

2. Achievements

Great idea… horribly addictive for some and now I have retards running around in Battlefield with knives only and in Gears with Pistols only… It’s also a great way to get a useless game to sell well…

And the number one most hated thing about the Xbox 360 is obviously

1. Reliability

Hell this could take up all 10 places, when ever has such a mass market piece of equipment been released as unreliable as the Xbox 360. With some rumours of a 66% failure rate and no end in site to an abysmal track record the reliability of the 360 is the number one hated thing about the Xbox 360

So that’s it for this one, which ones did I miss and if you have some pet hates about the other two contenders let me know and they may make it into next weeks edition.

Last Updated: August 15, 2008

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Banana hammock

    Wow, some valid points there and i am scared for the PS3 version of this but i imagine some of the points will be the same.

    I would add these for the 360:
    Have to buy a charger for the controllers.
    Platform makes it too easy for people to hack the console.
    Online cheaters especially with acheivment save games.

  • NeoAtlus

    What happened to good ‘ol days when electronics where reliable. I knew, when I bought it, it work, and work for years…. sometimes with reletive abuse

  • Banana hammock

    I think generally things are still pretty reliable. I had my PS2 and Samsung TV for 7 years and they never gave me a single problem. Household stuff seems to be strong as well. It’s just the odd device here and there.

  • TheOnion

    You obviously didn’t have a launch PS2….those things had lenses that I’m certain were hand crafted by blind filipinos.

  • SlippyMadFrog

    Achievements, patches, multiple sku’s and Halo should not be on the list.
    Achievements are great, even the PS3 fans can agree. Patches apply to all consoles. Multiple sku’s apply to all consoles. You don’t have to play halo if you don’t like it.

    The rest of the points are valid. The Xbox360 is far from perfect.

  • SlippyMadFrog

    Well, you don’t HAVE to buy a charger for the controlers if you don’t want to. Xbox360 controler + charger is the same price as an PS3 rumble controler so you can argue that it’s already included in a way.

    I agree about the Xbox360 being hackable. Thats crap.

    Achievement save games doesn’t influence other gamers so that point is also a bit off.

  • Fox1

    You missed the biggest point of no availability of Live in SA 🙄

  • J4nr1k

    You get the play and charge free with the Mongoose console. 🙂

  • kabraal

    Nr 1,4, 7 and 9 sucks. The rest is BS. Like installs, I don’t see a problem with patches. What people seem to forget is that the PS2 and previous consoles didn’t have the means to receive patches. I’m sure games on older systems were also buggy. At least, now we can fix them. I’ve a slight problem with multiple SKU’s. Not so much a new sku with HDMI or a elite edition or a bigger HDD edition, but the problem I have is that one SKU has a HDD, and the other don’t. It’s a 20GB HDD ffs. It’s not like it’s worth R1000… oh wait…

    If you’re gonna play or be online (which the xbox is always claimed to be the best), it really sux to have to pay R800 for wireless. It’s a huge huge joke imo. Same goes for the HDD. Although you can argue that from the start, just buy the premium and save yourself the trouble. Hell for a R1000 you can buy a 350GB uber western digital drive. It doesn’t come in a nice R50 plastic casing though.

  • Banana hammock

    Had launch one, guess i just looked after mine 😉

  • Banana hammock

    Yeah i agree with some of your points; Halo, Patches and Achievements are the fault of the software devsgamers not the console.

    However multiple SKUs where they have a fundamental difference like NO HDD causes problems for everyone. If it was more like Sony’s different SKUs then it’s *slightly* better.

  • JimBob

    The play-and-charge kit is rubbish, or maybe I got a dud unit. The battery life is terrible.

    But, you can get two pairs of standard rechargeables for roughly the same price, and they last a long time between charges.

  • Bboy

    I agree with the wireless network connection… I mean come-on, R900 bucks… makes me sad, I have had to plug my laptop in to the xbox and use it as a gateway cos modem is just too far away. Sure I could buy the R900 adapter, but it just feels like extortion.

  • LazySAGamer

    Achievements are great. what they do to people isn’t

    Patches were first encountered on the original Xbox (unless I am mistaken) and therefore I blame the Microsoft corp for that one

    Multiple SKU’s at launch was started by the 360 (again unless I am mistaken)

    You may have a point with Halo…

  • kabraal

    I won’t blame MS for patches. That’s insane. Blame the fact that when the xbox launched, the interwebs where starting to get cheap and freely available. It’s just a logical step to exploit that. Like I said, I’m sure previous games on older consoles also had it’s bugs / imbalances. Now we can fix ’em…

    Take a game the Starcraft. The thing that turned that game into awesome was the expansion and a crap load of patches. Patches supply content, bug fixes and balance changes which previously could not have been done. Or do you prefer still playing gears online like it came out of the box a year ago?

    Take a game the Starcraft. The thing that turned that game into awesome

  • kabraal

    And don’t tell me they should just make it perfect from the start. You know what they say about hindsight? 😀

  • JimBob

    How about complementing this with a 10 things I love about you series, or is that not inflammatory enough?

    Each console has some tips, tricks and benefits that not everyone may be aware of.

  • LazySAGamer

    Yes the “10 things I love about you” articles are also coming.

    But generally people don’t care about happy stories… or bad 360 stories 😉

  • Rap7a

    Call me a fanboy, but theres nothing in the list i agree with. I thoroughly enjoy my xbox 😎

  • I thought I was immune to the RROD, playing for hours on end and ignoring stories about RROD. Then last week it happened! I was all for the Xbox 360 up until that very moment. Now I know that I SHOULD of bought a PS3 and am going to. Microsoft just isn’t reliable.

    …Ive had a PS2 since 2001 and its still going strong, never had a problem.

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  • Actually, Achievement can influene other gamers in online team based matches. Like the article said, people running around with pistols or knifes and not playing to win the match with the team but to rather unlock some useless achievement.

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