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Microsoft Extends Warranty for 'E74' XBox 360 Console Failures

Microsoft Extends Warranty for 'E74' XBox 360 Console Failures 250°
307w ago - Microsoft has investigated the 'E74' issue on the XBox 360 and has recently concluded that they will cover repairs related to the error.

This will be included in the three year warranty program that was put into place in 2007 for general hardware failures.

To quote: While the majority of XBox 360 owners continue to have a great experience with their console, we are aware that a very small percentage of our customers have reported receiving an error that displays "E74" on their screen.

After investigating the issue, we have determined that the E74 error message can indicate the general hardware failure that is associated with three flashing red lights error on the console.

As a result, we have decided to cover repairs related to the E74 error message under our three-year warranty program for certain general hardware failures that was announced in July 2007.
 

Has the XBox 360 Console Accepted its Defeat in 2009?

Has the XBox 360 Console Accepted its Defeat in 2009? 350°
307w ago - Xbox 360 has been more successful than PlayStation 3 in the last 2 years, dominating in both hardware and software sales... but 2009 has been dry for Xbox 360.

According to a series of recent reports by the research group DFC Intelligence, the game industry is poised to see enormous overall growth in 2009.

DFC estimates that the videogame market will swell to $47 billion, a 42 percent increase over the $33 billion generated by the industry in 2006. That forecast includes revenue from videogame hardware and software sales.

PlayStation 3's exclusive line-up this year is great, and is already helping Sony with some decent sales, but Microsoft seems to be doing nothing in order to get their share from that $47 billion as there is no 360 exclusive sure to make a splash this year.

I think Microsoft is already too late, even if they unveil some exclusives or yet another batch of paid-for exclusive DLC's they won't be able to release them this year.

I am sure Microsoft has some aces up their sleeves, but shouldn't they be rolled out by now? Share your thoughts below.
 

Are Console Video Games Losing Their Focus?

Are Console Video Games Losing Their Focus? 500°
307w ago - With the advent of the latest generation of video game consoles and PCs that are almost infinitely expandable, developers are being pushed to their limit to create the latest and greatest game of all time.

There's no doubt that some developers have been delivering: games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto 4, Killzone 2, etc. With games like these nowadays, it's hard to imagine that there was a time when people were crazy over games like Pong and Pacman.

My worry is that because of such hits, many fun games have been overlooked. Note that I said "fun", not "quality" or "good". Games of such epic proportions in today's world have raised people's expectations of what a game should be like.

When a new first person shooter is released, people start comparing it with other games like Killzone 2. When an open world game is released, it's immediately compared to GTA 4.

My worry is that people often forget what games are meant to be in the end: fun for the person who's playing it. Let's face it, everyone has individual taste. A game that might seem horrendous for one person (eg. Cooking Mama for me) might provide endless amounts of fun for another person (eg. many girls out there).

The first thing a casual gamer does when playing a game is...
 

Confirmed: Open Source Game Console EVO Arrives in April, 2009

Confirmed: Open Source Game Console EVO Arrives in April, 2009 550°
309w ago - EVO is the first Linux Open Source game console. The system will be able to support both digital distribution of content and games from the Envizions cloud.

EVO physical game format will be on compact secure digital cards (SD card). Each EVO Enhanced open source SD game will come with game manual, packaging, support, free expansion levels, and cloud game save storage.

Press Release: It's Official - Envizions Advance Open Source Game Console Is Confirmed for April 2009 EVO Smart Console the First Open Source Convergence Game Platform

ANNISTON, AL - (Marketwire) - Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation announced today that developers, resellers, earlier adopters and potential software partners can now purchase EVO beta units today, and units will be shipped on April 10, 2009. Envizions has 100 beta units in stock. Potential OEM/resellers, distributors and earlier adopters purchase price is $279-$350 per unit. The new
retail price for systems will be $379 after April 17, 2009.

Total units in stock are 100 with additional units shipping throughout the fiscal year with several Envizions partners already using EVO beta units.

The EVO beta program will run until June 17, 2009. Beta units will have 3 months of free phone support and 30 day money back guarantee...
 

A Peek in GameStop's Video Game & Console Refurbishing Facility

A Peek in GameStop's Video Game & Console Refurbishing Facility 350°
309w ago - Ever wondered what GameStop's video game and console refurbishing facility looks like?

The folks at DallasNews (linked above) have made available pictures of one including how consoles are cleaned and tested.

To quote: Workers test rows of consoles, including vintage Xbox systems. Both movies and games are tested on the systems that support DVD or (with the PS3) Blu-ray playback.

GameStop's refurbishment facility is as loud as it busy, since almost every station has a compressed air nozzle hanging from overhead to clean out dust from inside consoles. It's the high-tech, industrial version of blowing on your NES cart.

After the game discs have been removed from their original packaging, inspected and cleaned, they go back into cases and are sorted for shipment back to the stores.

PSP systems are tested in batches of 30, with multiple batches scattered around the warehouse. Some workers were busy disassembling, cleaning, soldering and repairing PSPs.
 

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