Posted on August 13, 2007,

A Failing Xbox Means Nothing to a Halo Fan

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The latest household item most in need of repairs is his Xbox 360 according to one gamer. But you know, he just doesn’t care. Because it’s all about Halo 3.

“I’m on my third 360, and it’s working great for me.” Benjamin Lin, an 18-year-old Halo fan, told the New York Times.

It’s kind of shocking that one game might be the saving grace of the console, given that from a consumer electronics standpoint the Xbox 360 is a complete failure. By industry standards, a one to two percent failure rate is a major problem–so by that measure there should be no comeback for Microsoft’s feeble machine.

But analysts are expecting Halo 3 to give the console a big enough boost to be considered a comeback kid. Oh, and also I guess the whole “my bad” position Microsoft has played along with free repairs for all broken Xbox units helps, too.

So for Xbox users it’s now wait three weeks for the console to be fixed, and nearly five weeks for Halo 3. Microsoft, the smoking hole in your foot just might mend itself in due time. And hey, you’ll even afford some new shoes, too!

via New York Times

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9 Comments on A Failing Xbox Means Nothing to a Halo Fan

jaime

On August 13, 2007 at 9:20 pm

“A Failing Xbox Means Nothing to a Halo Fan”

Im a HALO fan, huge i could say, i play halo more than my parents would like…

And a Failing Xbox Means a LOT to me…

I dont buy a xbox 360 because few supply at launch, i want play halo in my HD Tv with the xbox 360 so much, that i was disapintment i cant get one in 2005…

Now am happy i didnt buy one, since all my friends who buy one, regreat it…

It MEANS so much for me than i will not buy one and wait for halo for PC

LaChandra

On August 13, 2007 at 9:42 pm

This goes to show you why the pet rock was so popular. I need to come up with something for you drones to buy and make millions off a crappy product and provide crappy customer service. That’s my ticket to the American dream.

Ron

On August 13, 2007 at 10:42 pm

@jaime: Unfortunately, Microsoft is staying with their tried and true formula of “Feed the consoles, and starve the PC.” There is no sign of Halo 3 in the near future for PC, and if anyone needs proof of how Microsoft feels about PC gamers, I give you their flagship title for the Games for Windows system…..Halo 2?!?!?!?

Yes folks, that’s right. You too can pay $50 to play a game that launched in the fall of 2004. Not only that, but you too can spend hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on an operating system that , well, isn’t all that great.

Maybe some day in the future Microsoft will remember that PC gamers are a viable market, but until then, prepare to see Halo 3 released for Vista 2010 at full retail price.

Hutch

On August 14, 2007 at 7:16 am

The Xbox isn’t failing seeing as its the cheapest 3rd generation console with HD. It also is selling much better than the PS3. I do think that the failure rate is quite high but I’ve heard its the fact that they don’t use the right cooling paste. I don’t own any 3rd gen consoles because they are too expensive. PC Gaming RULES!

THELORD

On August 14, 2007 at 7:53 am

so, your saying that :lol: xbox fanboys are delusional and cant see truth in front of them? kinda reminds me of certain religious cults that just close all doors in their brain when you tell them that what they believe in is false, lol maybe all xbots are republicans? :lol:

weclock

On August 14, 2007 at 11:22 am

I’ve heard about all the upcoming promotions for Halo 3, and any passing interest I had in the game is now gone.
‘Gamer Fuel?’
‘Burger King?’

Microsoft, it’s a video game, not a childrens movie. 6-7 year old kids don’t need Master Chief action figures. The game is inappropriate for small children. But alas, my cries fall on deaf ears for this is neither the forum nor time for such a rant.
I’m still waiting for an improved design Xbox, to buy one. Although the three year warranty is interesting, I pride myself on having functional hardware.

License to ill

On August 14, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I must be one of the lucky ones my launch 360 is still kicking with no problems…

On a side note I have no interest in halo 3.

THELORD

On August 14, 2007 at 2:09 pm

@ license to ill, you are lucky, or i’m unlucky :cry: because i’ve been through so many 360′s it makes my head spin

Great White Snark

On August 14, 2007 at 8:18 pm

C’mon. There are a few more factors affecting user-retention than Halo 3.

http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/08/14/five-lessons-from-microsoft-xbox-360-for-keeping-customers-loyal-to-a-broken-product/