End of an Era....(maybe...?)

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  1. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    It finally happened...


    My 2005 launch xbox 360 FINALLY died on me. Half way through a game of MW2, boom, frozen screen. Red rings.


    Ugh.

    Good thing I have a spare system (lulz)

    Manufactured 10-18-2005

    *sigh* damn you MS.
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    So only a couple of months after my 2005 360's death too.

    So 4 year life span...... at best.....
     
  3. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Such a high failure rate with the 360... tsk, tsk.

    Now the PS3 on the other hand...

    (Not trying to start a flamewar, but just saying that the 360 is terrible hardware.)
     
  4. rezenclowd3 macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm if I got 4yrs with a 360 I'd be stoked.

    I got my first 360 in '05 (launch year) and have gone through 1 per year with the RROD. All replaced under warranty. The last one as of Wed stopped reading discs. M$ wanted $100 to fix it, to which I stated that having a failure rate of 1/yr is NOT acceptable, please transfer me to your superior. Support will now fix it for free. It's just too bad the 360 has a better library than the PS3, as well as XBL being superior, otherwise I would just stick to my PS3. This failure rate is COMPLETELY ridiculous.
     
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  6. sikkinixx thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You just jinxed it dude!! It's gonna die realllllll soon now.
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Aw man, what a time to go as well.

    Bad hardware, great software. It's a painful tradeoff :eek:.
     
  8. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    And the complete opposite of what a console is supposed to be:

    a gaming machine that "just works"

    Console games are supposed to be bug free (the online updates are a lazy approach to bad QA) and the consoles are supposed to work without fail.

    Theres no reason to buy a machine that breaks after typical use when a PC does the same thing but has the ability to be upgraded and fixed. Growing up an SNES was a computer which played only games and didnt break on me. Now...thats wishful thinking.

    The sad thing is the exclusive content consoles have which makes all the above issues actually a reality for most.
     
  9. sikkinixx thread starter macrumors 68020

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    hmmm


    it seems I have a zombie 360. I plugged it in this morning, to give one last hopefully hurrah, and sure enough it's working..... Maybe the spare won't have to be used after all



    edit: no... its dead. *sigggh*
     
  10. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Every generation had faulty consoles;
    Amigas were prone to faulty memory chips and needed replacements
    NES, Master System and Mega Drive had connectors that could wear out the game carts
    PS1 had the whole faulty laser problem...
    ... As did the PS2 which resulted in a class action lawsuit.
    The PSP had the dead pixel epidemic.
    In rare cases the Wii had GPU overheating problems and the PS3 had the yellow light of death (ours caused by its power unit)
    The DS Lite had the hinge problem.
     
  11. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Lucky you, my 360 died within the year I purchase it and 6 months after the new one and etc..

    I'm on my fourth 360 and if this one dies then I'm not buying another 360 and I'll continue to ignore the machine which I've been doing since my second RROD.



    Bless
     
  12. Nuck81 macrumors regular

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    Really?

    That's debatable. PS3 has absolutely destroyed 360 on exclusives this year. What huge games did 360 release this year? Forza? But it didn't sell particularly well. ANOTHER Halo?

    Every other Blockbuster game for 360 was a multiplat.
     
  13. IntelliUser macrumors 6502

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    ...And the iPod Touch/iPhone stands victorious! :D
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why do you have a spare??
    besides the whole case craks, light leaks, silent switch button falling odd, etc lol
     
  15. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    And the fact that its not a console or a portable gaming console... ;):rolleyes:
     
  16. Dagless macrumors Core

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    And that the both the DS and PSP launch titles are still better than iPhone games (except for Fieldrunners, but hey thats on PSP now anyways :D).
     
  17. happydudeca macrumors member

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    This is a little off-topic rant, but do people remember a time when our gaming machines had no internet connectivity, games didn't require 250mb of updates before playing, and brand new games ( a la MW2) didn't require daily updates for a week. WTF.
     
  18. rezenclowd3 macrumors 6502a

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    And usually I ran into quite a few more bugs that frustrated me during gameplay with the old systems. I honestly do not mind getting free updates. Annoying, sure, especially when it fixes money glitches in Forza 2 and 3 ;-)
     
  19. soldierblue macrumors 6502

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    I still have a 2005 launch console that works, I stopped using it in favor of a newer Elite a while ago though.
     
  20. sikkinixx thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well last Christ-mass I thought it was about to die, since it was making a TON of noise, so on Boxing Day I snagged a cheap 60GB system. I should have waited and I could have got the 120GB unit for the same price now but oh well. Anyway, the launch system kept on working until yesterday.

    Yeah, but I find the 360 games update in a few seconds. As much as I love my PS3, updates of any kind are ***** painfully slow. The worst was installing the WoW demo... God it updated so many times....
     
  21. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i HATE ps3 updates

    if i dont play it for a while i have to
    1) do a freaking system upgrade
    2) do a freaking game update

    it will take me a good 15-20 min before i can actually start playing

    usually i lose my interest and just do the updates and then turn it off again only to repeat the cycle
     
  22. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    I feel the same way about the PS3.
     
  23. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

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    Do you feel any differently about maintenance updates to OSX? It seems to me like it's pretty much the same thing as PS3 system/game updates. While I think people have very mixed opinions on firmware updates (given their history of making some controversial changes), game updates are pretty important and necessary when people run into problems playing a game and need to be patched. Annoying, maybe. But I'd rather wait 10 minutes to download something that will make the $60 I spend on a game (or DLC) better and/or more stable and get it for free.
     
  24. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

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    Serious question: How long were you expecting it to last?

    Since Xboxs and PS3s are basically stripped-down computers, which break down over time, I'd assume they wouldn't last THAT much longer than a typical PC. It depends, I guess, on how much you play it, right?

    To me, 4 years seems pretty impressive, especially for a launch system!
     
  25. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    hmm? i have computers from the 80
    s still working

    i have consoles from the 80s and 90s still working

    a console better last more than 4 years imo
     

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