Archive for the ‘XBox 360’ Category

Microsoft Says Xbox 360 Failures “Unacceptable”, Does The Right Thing

July 5, 2007

“Microsoft has made some announcements that point to problems with the Xbox division.First off, Microsoft acknowledged the Three Rings Of Death problem, calling it “unacceptable”, offering a hugely extended warranty for consoles with the fatal error. All new 360s have a one-year warranty, but 3-ring consoles receive a special 3-year warranty from date of purchase, complete with free shipping. The cost of this new program will be $1.05-1.15 billion for the previous quarter, a major hit to the stock and the bottom line.

Microsoft is doing a very good thing for its customers, finally acknowledging a problem and fixing it for three years, at a great cost to itself. The 360 shipped with a major manufacturing defect, and they are paying over a billion dollars to repair it. I’m thrilled that Microsoft is doing this, but saddened that the company has to take such a major blow. Thanks to this, the Xbox division is going to have a hard time making a profit in the forseeable future.

If you have had to pay to repair your console, ever, for ring of death errors, you will receive a full refund. What about customers like me, who did the smart thing and paid for an extended warranty? It looks like we’re screwed, but I will be calling Best Buy for a refund, and let you know how it goes.”


Microsoft To Release Free Music On Xbox Live

June 6, 2007

“This program will focus on the release of new, downloadable music and music-related content created by cutting edge artists on the verge of worldwide success. The first group to debut on the Ignition program’s initial month of service is the U.K. band Maximo Park, who have attained recent notoriety in their native England through their latest album, Our Earthly Pleasures.”


Id Software Announces New Game Engine

May 31, 2007

“With releases for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 scheduled for the end of this calendar year, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars now seems to be comfortably on autopilot. With this joint project between id Software and Splash Damage soon to be complete, it now seems as if id has been freed to work on yet another engine to be used with another brand new franchise.At a London event earlier this week, id CEO Todd Hollenshead was the first to reveal the news to

“We are working on an all-new franchise,” he stated. “It’s not Doom, it’s not Quake, it’s not Wolfenstein, it’s not Enemy Territory, it’s not even Commander Keen! It is a new id brand with an all-new John Carmack engine, and I think that when we show it to people, once again they’ll see, just like they saw when we first showed Doom 3, that John Carmack still has a lot of magic left.””


Tim Sweeney On UT3 Specs & Peformance

May 30, 2007

“Unreal Tournament 3 will ship with full DX10 support, with multi-sampling being the biggest visible benefit of the new graphics interface. Additionally, with DX10 under Vista we have the possibility to use the video memory more efficently, to be able to display textures with a higher grade of detail as it would be possible with the DX9 path of Vista. Most effects of UT3 are more bound to the fillrate than to basic features like geometry processing. That’s why DX10 has a great impact on performance, while we mostly forgo the integration of new features.”


Modified Xbox 360 Consoles Now Banned From Xbox Live

May 18, 2007

“More than a year has passed since the release of the Xbox 360 DVD-ROM firmware hack to allow the play of backup games and bootleg copies. Those with hacked firmware had the ability to play copied games, mostly burned onto dual-layer DVD recordable discs, even online Xbox Live.

For a while, it seemed that such firmware modifications were undetectable by Microsoft – but that appears to have all changed with the latest Xbox 360 system software released last week.

Word came from the Xbox 360 hacking community that the Spring Update may have the ability to detect those who were playing copied games. More specifically, the system software would be able to determine the legitimacy of the disc in the DVD drive, not necessarily targeting any specific method of modification.

As a pre-emptive measure, hackers released updated disc drive firmware introducing various features, such as disc jitter, in an effort to further the exploit. Such efforts, however, appear to be all for naught, as report on Xbox-Scene indicates that Microsoft is now banning from Xbox Live users with modified DVD-ROM drives, regardless of firmware version.


Microsoft to Offer 100 Limited Edition “Simpsons” Xbox 360s

May 10, 2007

“It looks as though the Xbox 360 Elite isn’t the only new variant of Microsoft’s gaming console. The company will also give away 100 Xbox 360s that are dressed up to promote “The Simpsons Movie.”

Despite the fact that these are limited edition consoles, they won’t be based on the newer Elite, but rather the older Premium system. That means no 120GB HDD and no HDMI output. Lucky winners will also miss out on getting a copy of the newly announced THE SIMPSONS GAME which isn’t due to be released until later this year.”


Curing Diseases With Your XBox 360

May 10, 2007

” Research-furthering software similar to the PlayStation’s 3 Folding@home may appear on the Xbox 360, according to comments made by Microsoft corporate VP of interactive entertainment business Peter Moore. When asked about the chances of such an effort in an interview with The Mercury News, Moore appeared apprehensive, though positive, on the likelihood of such a project. “We continue to look at this and see whether there’s real value,” he said. “But I’m not quite sure yet whether we’re seeing real tangible results from the PlayStation 3 Folding@home initiative.”As previously reported, Folding@home simulates the folding of proteins in an attempt to understand the causes and possible cures to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Mad Cow, cystic fibrosis and numerous cancers. By dividing the workload of the many simulations across a number of workstations, the project operates at a much faster pace than if it was running on one super computer.”


Video: Motion Sensing for Xbox 360 Now Ready to Rock, Roll, Pitch and Yaw

May 10, 2007

“Remember the Xilt, the hack to Wiimotize your Xbox 360 controller? Well, this is not it. At least, it seems that while Xilt 360 is still coming soon, Total Console has released the Bestilt 360. Same concept: “simply” solder it to the bottom part of your Xbox 360 pad, activate it with a switch and have fun awkwardly controlling games that weren’t designed for motion sensing in the first place.”


Xbox 360 Spring Update Improves VGA Image Quality

May 9, 2007

Although the new Windows Live Messenger integration and improved Achievements system are the more widely advertised new features of the Spring Update, a little known new feature has crept its way into the latest Dashboard version – improved image quality when using the Xbox 360 VGA output.

A long-standing complaint of the VGA output on the Xbox 360 is its “washed out” picture quality, where colors on the screen would not appear as bright and vibrant as compared to running the console to the TV using component cables.”


More HD DVD Hacking

April 11, 2007

Most of you by now have heard about WinDVD’s mandatory update that patches holes that allowed hackers to obtain processing keys from HD movie discs. Now, a group of hackers on Doom9 have confirmed that they’ve been able to capture Volume IDs from HD DVD discs using an Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive (Toshiba SD-S802A).”