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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Xbox Has Internal and External Problems

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Xbox Has Internal and External Problems
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:07:52 +0100
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Will revise visual branding elements


Why a 360 Slim is a bad idea


Microsoft Rumored to Be Planning the End of the Xbox Brand Name

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| Microsoft wasnât kidding when they said they 
| planned on launching Natal like an entirely 
| new console. It appears that the company 
| intends to finish off the Xbox name after the 
| Xbox 360. This is obviously a surprise 
| considering the time and money that goes into 
| building an identifiable brand name in the 
| video game industry.


Investors concerned with Microsoft over Xbox 360 and other consumer devices 

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| The Xbox 360 has turned into a hot console 
| after Microsoft took a huge loss with the 
| original Xbox to break into the console gaming 
| market.  It currently sits in second place in 
| console sales between the Nintendo Wii and 
| Sony PS3 and has helped drive innovation in 
| online gaming for the consoles.  However, 
| investors look at the bottom line and after 
| disappointing sales with the Zune, shrinking 
| Windows Mobile market share, and the high 
| costs of consoles some would like to see 
| Microsoft get out of the consumer electronics 
| market.


Is Sony's Planning a 'Budget' $199.99 PS3?


Wall Street Criticizes Microsoft For Natal [Looking Forward to the Project Natal Release Date? Mircosoft Investors Aren't As Motion Control Add-On Comes Under Fire]



MS rebuts South African Xbox claims

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| Microsoft has denied claims made by a South
| African distributor that âXbox360 has had a
| rather rough time in South Africaâ.


Xbox Boss Quits Microsoft Games Divisions


PS3 to outsell 360 globally in 2010 - analyst

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| If a new analyst report turns out the be on
| the money, Sony will sell roughly 3.5
| million more PS3s this year than Microsoft
| will Xbox consoles, which mark a turn of
| tides in the current-gen battle.


PS3 Increases Global Marketshare to 31 Percent

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| The PlayStation 3 has jumped from an 18
| percent market since last year at the same
| time, to a 31 percent share. Microsoft
| better watch out.


Sony Speaks on Exclusive DLC, PlayStation Move,


Pachter: No browser for 360 as Microsoft wants to âown internetâ

,----[ Quote ]
| Speaking on the latest version of
| GameTrailers show Pach Attack, Wedbush
| Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has
| explained why he feels Xbox 360 will never
| have a browser. Itâs all down to ownership,
| apparently.
| In response to a question on the subject,
| Pachter said:
| âThe 360 doesnât have a browser, and never
| will, because Microsoftâs vision when they
| made the original Xbox was to own the
| internet. The way you own the internet is
| to make sure all traffic that passes
| through your box is controlled by you.â
| Pachter opined that adding social media
| content to Live is acceptable to Microsoft
| because it still doesnât allow open
| browsing.
| âMicrosoft [said], âYou are not getting out
| of this box unless we control your access.â
| So when you replicate Facebook, Twitter,
| Nextflix on the 360 itâs not the same. You
| arenât actually going to those sites; you
| are going to a Microsoft-controlled site
| where they know exactly what you are
| touching.


Pachter: Microsoft Wants to Own the Internet


Former Microsoft Exec Says Natal Will Fail

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| In an interview with Retro Gamer, Scot
| Bayless, a former studio manager at
| Microsoft, said that he believes Project
| Natal will fail.
| Bayless experienced the failure of the 32X
| peripheral for the Genesis when he was a
| Senior Producer at Sega and told Retro
| Gamer that he believes Natal could see a
| similar fate.
| "When I met with Microsoft in 2008 to look
| at Natal I asked: 'When will you integrate
| this into the 360?' Their response was:
| 'We're probably going to wait and see on
| that.' To which I said: 'Then you're going
| to fail.'"
| Bayless believes that Natal will fail
| because it will split consumers between
| those who have the peripheral and those who
| don't and will act as a disincentive to
| developers. "Plays like this always
| fragment and the disincentive to developers
| is powerful; when I'm spending tens of
| millions on a game, the last thing I want
| to do is lose 90 per cent of my market."


FBR Capital Ups MSFT To Buy And Raises Target Price

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| It seems that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
| is dissatisfied with the dreary performance
| shown by the companyâs non-core business.
| This was evidenced when the company axed
| two of its top consumer product executives
| in games and mobile.


XBMC drops support for XBOX

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| The XBMC developers have announced that
| they are dropping support for XBOX
| consoles. Although the popular open source
| media centre started as a program for
| modified XBOX consoles, the developers say
| that the "XBOX has hard limits for what it
| can handle" and that "it is a popular
| misconception that official XBOX
| development is still taking place by the
| team".
| [...]
| XBMC has been forked into a number of other
| programs, including, for example, Boxee and
| Plex. The latest release of XBMC is version
| 9.11 from the end of December, 2009. XBMC
| is released under the GNU General Public
| License (GPL).


Farewell XBOX

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| XBMC (XBMP really) started as a program for
| modified XBOX consoles. In the following
| years, XBMC has grown into a multi-platform,
| multi-architecture media center that runs on
| most standard hardware. The hardware and legal
| limitations of the XBOX were always a concern
| and the Team has instead focused on running on
| the hardware that most people already have.
| The last official release for the XBOX by the
| XBMC team was Atlantis, over 18 months ago.
| Since then, one brave soul (Arnova) has been
| merging code from the main codebase into the
| XBOX branch in our repository. Because there
| were many users out there that took advantage
| of these updates, we had no problem with this.


Microsoft Cuts XBOX Live From Original XBOX Console


Microsoft To Pull The Plug On Xbox Live For The Original Xbox Tonight

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