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Microsoft Xbox 360
The biggest issue with the Xbox 360 continues to be the red ring of death. Many user complain of having five or more consoles fail. I personally had to send back four and I was not a hard core gamer. The 54.6 percent failure rate is Microsoft’s biggest issue with the console and a huge expense. However, the three year warranty on the console helps wipe away concern that repairs will be expensive.
While the the Xbox can function as a good media centre for serving up movies and TV shows, the fan makes this annoying. The fan is far too loud to for any sort of serious media centre.
Halo, Gears and Forza
Above: Halo 3 Africa
Halo continues to be a big draw for serious gamers. Each incarnation is a top seller with several expansion packs making Halo a top grossing franchise for Microsoft. Gears of War is another top grossing game. For racing there are several top franchises with Forza 2 and 3 leading the pack.
While sales have been good, Xbox 360 sales fail when compared to the staggering numbers for Nintendo Wii. The collection of family games and interactive controllers makes motion control a top draw. With the launch of Kinect, Microsoft seas able to sell over ten million copies in the first year.
Above: Microsoft Kinect
While it has some issues, it was well received. Another benefit to the Kinect is that there is no need for $100s of dollars of controllers. While the Nintendo Wii may seem cheap at first, add on the controllers and it fast exceeds the cost of the Sony Playstation or Wii.