My Life

Why I Hate the Xbox 360

A couple years ago I discussed my preferences for the Playstation3 and the Wii over the Xbox 360. Recently I’ve had new reason to renew my hate for that horrid device.

As a quick background: I am a Microsoft guy… have always used their computers. In the last generation of consoles I owned only an xbox… never touched a playstation. In this current generation of consoles I had intended only to buy the Xbox360. (The Wii eventually tempted me and I broke down and bought it as well.)

The only reason I bought the PS3 was because I was given a rebate on it from work (when I was with BioWare).

But my Xbox360 is seldom used. First it had the red circle of death. When I received a replacement it was a refurbished model and it still red circles sporadically. After losing hours of my time getting the first replacement I didn’t really have the energy to get the next. And it did work… sometimes. This was the main reason, obviously, that I stopped using the console.

But newer reasons have cropped up.

Too many services require the pay membership. I don’t do much online gaming so I have no real inclination to purchase a monthly membership that I’d hardly use. But the problem is that something like Netflix, which I’m able to use on the Wii and the PS3 without hassle, is unavailable on the 360.

More recently I tried streaming television from my computer. Worked flawlessly from the computer to the PS3. From the computer to Xbox360… so many headaches and ultimately it never worked. Then I tried just streaming previously recorded video. Again the PS3 handled it without problem.

The Xbox360? Failure. (I did eventually get it to stream but at a reduced level of quality).

It is as if Microsoft is intentionally choosing to reduce the potential size of their audience by throwing barriers in their way. I had similar problems with the Microsoft Mobile Operating System a few years ago and that’s why I moved to the iOS line of devices there.

My next computer? Might still be a Microsoft machine (though I’m leaning elsewhere) but I’ll never buy another Microsoft game console.

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.