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The Elite's Sour Side 94

Posted by Zonk
from the everything-has-a-balance dept.
Now that the news about Microsoft's Elite has had a chance to set in, there are a few objections being raised by commentators. That 120 gig hard drive (the really expensive one) is going to come pre-loaded with content; all well and good, but the content transfer cable and software is a bit odd. Additionally, there are serious objections being raised over the frustrations of early adopters. Despite the easy dismissal out of hand heard on Major Nelson's Wednesday podcast, it's not as easy for early 360 buyers to roll with the changes. "Current Xbox 360 owners, who can purchase a separate 120-gigabyte hard drive at a cost of $179, appear to be getting a raw deal. Not only are these early adopters stuck with an older model of the console that offers less in the way of high-definition support, but factor in the cost of a current premium Xbox 360 ($399) and the price of the larger hard drive and the figure is close to $600 dollars, far exceeding the Elite's retail price, due to be $479."
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The Elite's Sour Side

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  • Like making sure they regret buying your product when they did.
    • Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas
    • by paeanblack (191171) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:14PM (#18533749)
      Like making sure they regret buying your product when they did.

      Yeah, because nobody could have predicted electronics to get better/faster/cheaper over the past year and a half.
      • by nschubach (922175) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @08:22PM (#18537603) Journal
        That's why people buy consoles instead of computers. These things are supposed to be a constant. Microsoft more than Sony or Nintendo (but Sony has it's multi-SKUs as well) are trying to warp the console business into an evolving world like PC gaming. The reason console games are as bug free (mostly) is that they are in a controlled environment. They don't have to worry about branch code for different hardware. Evolving your console is possibly the worst thing you could do. Developers than have to determine the correct system and plan for it. Even a difference like the Core/Premium XBox360 and one version not having a hard drive is a BIG mistake in terms of consoles. Twenty vs. Sixty Gig drives doesn't really matter all that much. You likely not going to use all that space, but you don't have to check if the hard drive exists and run different caching code.
    • Come on, look at the competition. Sony? Sony doesn't just spurn their customers, they hunt down their few remaining fanbois and rip out their eyes. Sony has done a lot to ensure that even if MS sold empty Elite cases they would *still* not look like the bad guys in the market.

      I mean really, compared to Sony there's not much MS can do to look bad.
    • by Wornstrom (920197)
      more like =3 O-:
      that is my teabag emoticon for the uninitiated...

      I am kind of pissed that I bought the premium, and NOW they are coming out w/ an HDMI version. How about another adapter to convert the existing premium systems output to HDMI? I swear, between the external HD-DVD drive, and the extra fans that conveniently clip on the back, my 360 is getting more and more Frankenstein by the day... WTT Xbox 360 premium for PS3, PST!!! I will even throw in my games...
      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        by Goaway (82658)
        Nothing says "intelligent argument" like a laboured attempt at vulgar ASCII art.

        And then an verbal explanation of said ASCII art.
      • How about another adapter to convert the existing premium systems output to HDMI?

        Yup...converting that analog-only output to digital sure has a point. There's a rumor going around that Microsoft would actually make such a thing and I think it's extremely absurd. No matter what plugs in to your TV, it's still coming out of the Xbox as analog so why the hell does it matter? These things if produced will be expensive (sampling HD video from analog and then encrypting it in real time won't come cheap) and will deliver absolutely no benefit.

  • Isn't this another way of announcing a price drop? That's happened before. Probably sweetens the deal and improves their positioning against the Wii and PS3.
  • Early Adopters? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Conception (212279) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:10PM (#18533689)
    So, the system has been out for like 1.5 years... The "Early Adopter" phase has come and gone. I picked one up last April and I wasn't an early adopter -then-. People are just being whiny.
    • by dan828 (753380) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:14PM (#18533757)
      Seriously. For just about every piece of electronics gear that I've ever bought, the company I bought it from came out with a better model at a different price point after a while. What is there to bitch about here?
      • by Mattsson (105422)
        Partly, the bitching is about that they keep changing the specs.
        This is a game-console. Game-consoles biggest (only?) advantage over gaming-PC's is that they're non-moving targets for developers.
        Yesterday, develpers could simply assume that everyone with console-x had hardware-x.
        Consumers could assume that any game for console-x would run on their console-x, since it was the same machine no matter which year they bought it. I can buy a PS2 today and run any game from 2000 on it and run any game from 2007 on
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Name a situation where a game would REQUIRE an extra 80GB of disk space and HDMI? Guess what, it's not gonna happen. Nobody's gonna get left out in the cold.
          • by Mattsson (105422)
            Maybe not with the Elite vs Premium, but I can think of many situations where a game might not run on the Core.
            My point was, if people have to check the hardware-requirements before buying a console-game, they might as well run games on their PCs instead.

            And I don't put it beyond MS to release a Ultimate-edition a year o two from now, maybe with more RAM or something.
            It seems like just the kind of stupid thing they'd do...
          • by nschubach (922175)
            if (hdmi_exist) init(1080, 'progressive'); elseif (component_exist) init(720, 'progressive'); elseif (analog_only) init(480, 'interlaced');
        • by Endo13 (1000782)

          Partly, the bitching is about that they keep changing the specs.
          This is a game-console. Game-consoles biggest (only?) advantage over gaming-PC's is that they're non-moving targets for developers.

          Yes, that's the primary advantage for developers, but most consumers don't know or care about that. For consumers, the advantage of a gaming console instead of a PC is that you just buy your gear, plug all your shit together, and (as long as you got it all hooked up right) you just pop in your game and play. No need to worry about drivers, no need to worry about having a fast enough CPU/video card/RAM, etc. That and the capability to set up a console and have 4 people playing on the same machine.

          And I seri

    • by Seumas (6865)

      early adopters stuck with an older model of the console that offers less in the way of high-definition support
      That is a ridiculous statement. In what way is the non-Elite XBOX systems offering less support for high definition? Simply because they didn't come with an asstastic HDMI cable?!
      • by amuro98 (461673)
        Well... The old 360s don't have an HDMI port, for one thing. Not all TVs will support 1080p via their component or VGA inputs, for another.

        That said, the only things for the 360 that actually support 1080p would be HD-DVD movies (after you buy the $200 add-on drive) and like 1 or 2 game titles. I don't even think the downloaded video content you can buy from the Xbox Live Marketplace supports 1080p.
        • by Seumas (6865)
          There is no content on the 360 to justify the need for 1080p, though (as you pointed out). There are no 1080p games and if there were, that would also mean gaming at 30fps. There are no movies on xbox live in 1080p (and if there were, I sure as hell wouldn't pay for movies from xbox live anyway). And I'm sure not going to buy an XBOX HD-DVD drive when I could just buy a better quality HD/BlueRay player - and that is the only device that I care about connecting via HDMI (presuming I truly can't run 1080p ove
          • by Lane.exe (672783)
            I don't know about any others, but Armored Core 4 for the 360 will do 1080p. Of course, my TV only does up to 1080i, so I don't particularly care about it, but if I had a 1080p TV that wouldn't accept a 1080p signal over component I'd probably be pissed about this.
    • by LordNimon (85072)
      Mod the parent up. As far as I'm concerned, an early adopter is someone who bought his Xbox 360 in 2005.
  • ok, so... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by User 956 (568564) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:10PM (#18533701) Homepage
    Current Xbox 360 owners, who can purchase a separate 120-gigabyte hard drive at a cost of $179, appear to be getting a raw deal. Not only are these early adopters stuck with an older model of the console

    So do the same complaints apply to Apple, when they release a new revision of the ipod every 12 months? What about Dell, when they release a new computer?

    Are these people completely unfamiliar with the concept of purchasing goods and services?

    Does Ford owe you a coupon because the new Taurus comes with more trunk space, which your year-old model lacks? Give me a break.
    • My understanding is that they priced the new hard drive based on the cost difference between the Elite and the Core package. $300 Core 360 + $179 120GB HD = $479 Elite 360. Ignoring the fact that they're not truly equal, it at least makes some sense.

      It's not entirely fair, though, to claim that people who bought the Premium 360 are getting totally screwed, since after they've shelled out their $579 (not $600!), they've got two hard drives. ($400 Premium 360 + $179 120GB HD = $479 Elite 360 + $100 20G

      • by LordNimon (85072)
        Not only that, but used 20GB Xbox 360 hard drives are going for $50 on eBay, so if you sell your hard drive, your real cost for the new hard drive is $130.
        • by Perseid (660451)
          They may be NOW, but when the 120GB drive hits the streets it won't be $50 anymore. Heck, this may even be good news for those who bought a core and are on the lookout for a cheap 20GB.
    • Never-mind that the comparison is really inappropriate since the model compared already comes with a drive. If you want an honest comparison you must compare it to the core model which, surprisingly, is only 179 dollars less than the "elite" and lacks other features. Of course the content of a legitimate thoughtful comparison doesn't generate the page views that a fallacious one does.

      This kind of story (I'll not call it journalism) is offensive at it's core. Mostly because it's purpose isn't to convey a mes
      • by k_187 (61692)
        Indeed, if you don't have a 360 and want one with a HD AND want the bigger one its stupid not to buy the elite. If you've already got a premium, things are a little muddier. Personally, I'd wait until the HDMI port comes standard on all 3.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by The-Bus (138060)
      That's a terrible comparison. There's been a market agreement that as consoles age, there needs to be a price drop OR an improvement in the console, with improvements in the console (new NES design, Neo Geo CDZ, slim PS2, Nintendo's handhelds) usually coming much later in the console's life cycle, many times after there's been a price drop.

      The problem here is that now Microsoft is actually making the PS3 look like a fantastic deal. The Elite is $20 less than the (now rare) 20GB PS3, which for those $20 more
      • But what they're doing is creating distrust and dismay among its current customers.

        Easy solution: stop being Microsoft's customer! Some of us figured this out long ago; I don't know why the rest of you from doing so too...

        • I don't know why the rest of you from doing so too...

          Damnit! Nothing like mixing two completely different sentences together. That should have either read "I don't know why the rest of you can't do it too" or "I don't know what keeps the rest of you from doing so too."

        • Maybe because we like games, the XBox is good at games, and we aren't all fanatics who share your opinion.

          I'm guessing here, of course, but I'm willing to bet I've nailed it.
  • by Channard (693317) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:11PM (#18533705) Journal
    .. is those bloody Thargoids. I don't want to turn on my console only to find myself transported into witch space surrounded by a billon octgonal spaceships. This stinks of sloppy design.
    • by revlayle (964221)
      get your finger ready on the ECM and make a run for it!!!!! maybe you'll have enough fuel to the next system!
    • by baffo (126216)
      yeah, but it is all your fault. You just <B>had</B> to cursor down while doing a witchspace jump, right?
  • I for one would be pissed if I had a 360 and heard about this. I bought the DS right when it came out, and I've felt like an idiot since the DS lite came out.

    As it is, this might be a great time to pick up a 360 Premium (or whatever the current 'best' model is) on the cheap. I don't want/need HDMI, as I don't plan on buying a 1080p TV any time soon, and I'll probably never fill the hard drive.

    This also might be a ploy by MS to finally get all of the buggy first-run 360's off the shelves. Hopefully the Elite
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by aphxtwn (702841)
      I bought a DS fat when it came out (I sold it a few months later, and I just recently picked up a DS lite). As an early adopter, I know I'm getting things before they're refined. Also, I know I might be getting a raw deal because of its newness. The main reason I do buy things before they're proven is to play with brand new stuff. I bought a PS3 shortly after its release knowing about all the issues they've had, just to check it out... and I had to have it sent in for servicing after it died. I also bo
    • by LordNimon (85072)
      I don't understand. You don't need HDMI or the larger hard drive, so you wouldn't have spent the extra $80 to buy the Elite anyway. So why would you be pissed?

      I have an Xbox 360, and even though I could use HDMI and the larger hard drive, I'm not pissed. I knew what I was getting when I bought my Xbox 360, and it still works. What is there to get mad about?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Puff of Logic (895805)

      I for one would be pissed if I had a 360 and heard about this. I bought the DS right when it came out, and I've felt like an idiot since the DS lite came out.

      I think as part of the technology/gamer crowd, this is a risk that all of us take. We understand buying a product shortly after release will almost inevitably result in us seeing a faster, slimmer, or cheaper version within a year or so of our purchase. It's the price of having the toy sooner than anyone else. Interestingly, some people take perverse pride in dealing with the inevitable bugs, revisions, and other issues so common to newly released products. It's like techno-masochism.

      Of course, the

      • by nbehary (140745)
        "more accurately controlled model"

        That's the only oprion I could see them actually adding to the Wii experience that may interest me. I'd think they'd do that by upgrading the Wiimote though. I don't see how the console would need to change (maybe a "real" sensor bar, but the pointing of the Wiimote seems to work pretty well.....)
        • That's the only oprion I could see them actually adding to the Wii experience that may interest me. I'd think they'd do that by upgrading the Wiimote though. I don't see how the console would need to change (maybe a "real" sensor bar, but the pointing of the Wiimote seems to work pretty well.....)

          It will be interesting to see where Nintendo goes with this. I think they understand they've struck gold by introducing a truly novel controller and will probably want to extend that. I'm not sure how much the sensitivity of the Wiimote could be improved given technogical/weight limitations, although this is certainly possible. I'm rather hoping that ankle sensors will be available for DDR-type games, adding further to the potential of the Wii to make us look like idiots at social gatherings. I will al

          • by nbehary (140745)
            Yeah, I see most of it being innovative ways to use the existing wiimote.....correcting my last comment a bit........that opens the door for possibly needing more than 4 wiimotes.....it may be as easy as a simple software level update to do that, but, it could be a hardware limitation......

            And, the wiimote is amazing at what it does now.....I think we're just seeing the start of what developers are able to pull out of it, it may be fine the way it is for a very long time.......
            • Yeah, I see most of it being innovative ways to use the existing wiimote.....correcting my last comment a bit........that opens the door for possibly needing more than 4 wiimotes.....it may be as easy as a simple software level update to do that, but, it could be a hardware limitation......

              Technically you can do 8 players locally now due to the Gamecube ports being active, but as far as Wiimotes there is a technical limitation of 7 as they use Bluetooth to communicate. A Bluetooth network caps at 8 devi

              • by nbehary (140745)
                Didn't know that. So, it probably just would be software to get to 7 at least. Dunno much about bluetooth, the Wii is the first device I've had....would it be possible for them to add the Wii to a second network, say with a USB BT device and double that to 14?
                • by trdrstv (986999)
                  I suppose in theory you could have 2 seperate networks formed and bridge them (never tried it, but I can't think of a reason why it couldn't work) Allowing for 14 devices... but A Wii + 7 remotes @ $40 each... that's a lot of $$$. What purpose did you have in mind for needing more than 7 Wiimotes specifically?

                  This condisering you could also have 4 Gamecube controllers / wavebirds in addition (for a total of 11 controllers) using the built in hardware of the Wii.

                  • by nbehary (140745)
                    True, the more I think about it, I guess what I was thinking could be accomplished a better way. I was thinking using more than one wiimote per person, both hands, legs maybe.......but, thinking about it more, they could do this with attachments to the wiimote, or just completely different controller set ups that are really just one "wiimote" to the wii.......
    • by toolie (22684)
      I for one would be pissed if I had a 360 and heard about this. I bought the DS right when it came out, and I've felt like an idiot since the DS lite came out.

      Here's a piece of advice: Don't ever buy any type of electronics if you feel like an idiot when it gets upgraded.
    • I hear you on that one. I have a similar fate. I bought a 99 Toyota Corolla back in the day and now the new ones have more space, are more comfy, and get better gas mileage. I complained to Toyota about it and what did they do? Nothing. I tell you, these companies never help out at all. More recently I bought a new processor and lo and behold a few months later AMD came out with a new one for the same price. Man, I was pissed.
    • by AvitarX (172628)
      I am in the same boat.

      I got a DS Lite and somebody I know got to play some of the same games for over a year more than me.

      In fact even though mine was less bulky he still got to play all the same games as me it just doesn't really feel fair. Shouldn't yours offer a lot less functionality, I had to wait almost 2 years.

  • by heinousjay (683506) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:18PM (#18533857) Journal
    I am so mad at Microsoft for improving their product. The existing XBox 360 models are now useless. Sure, they play the same games the same way, but they are now 30% less fun because I know I don't have the best SKU.
  • This is what i've been afraid of for the last several years.

    Several Years ago, the main reasoning behind buying/owning a console (aside from exclusives) was that consoles are universally consistent, so you don't have to mess with drivers, memory, or any other variance. A Playstation is a Playstation, and if it works on one playstation it should work on all playstations.

    As consoles become more "computer-like", and with Microsoft already in their planned obsolence mindset of Windows, they're invalidating thi
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by sqlrob (173498)
      For me, it's #2.

      I'm still in the last generation, and each passing misstep makes it more and more unlikely that I'll bother with *any* of the next generation.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by StikyPad (445176)
        Me too.. I hate things that improve. More of the same for me, please!
        • by sqlrob (173498)
          Improve? Games that require patching almost immediately, if not immediately, not tested on SD, requires network connections... That's an improvement?

          I want a gaming appliance. Buy game, put in, it works. No looking at specs (other than it's for console x), no worries about whether or not the patch server is still up because they went out of business or decided to stop supporting the game. There's plenty of room for improvement without breaking those primary assumptions.

    • by Applekid (993327) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:40PM (#18534299)
      "Each time they're creating something new and eventually people will have to upgrade just to stay current, just like with current PC's."

      Upgrades are optional. If you like the same PC games, no need to upgrade your hardware. If you can handle lower resolutions and detail, many new PC games are perfectly playable on non-cutting-edge hardware. If you want it all, though, you want it all. And that costs. No different from anything else in the world.

      In the interest of calling a spade a spade:
      The NES had "optional" upgrades. These Elite features are optional: nothing more. If there was a "penultimate NES", it would include a Zapper, R.O.B., Action Pad, NES Satellite, and maybe other things I'm forgetting. Remember, that system also sold in different level "trims". Hell, the overwhelming majority of NES titles had additional memory banking hardware in each cartridge to enable the game to access more than 64K of memory.

      Genesis: Penultimate would have: Genesis, Master System adapter, Sega CD, 32X.

      The N64 came the closest to a "required" upgrade, that 8M memory upgrade that sat right there in front of the cartridge port. Even then, most games didn't need it, let alone used it, and those that did were clearly marked.

      In the end, upgrades will have value based on applications. If you want downloadable content and want your games to run better by caching content on the HD, then get a 360 with a HD. If you've got more time than money and can live without demos, forget it. If there ever ARE games that require optional equipment, Microsoft would do well to make sure it's VERY obvious they need it.
      • by rGauntlet (54921)

        "Each time they're creating something new and eventually people will have to upgrade just to stay current, just like with current PC's."

        Upgrades are optional. If you like the same PC games, no need to upgrade your hardware. If you can handle lower resolutions and detail, many new PC games are perfectly playable on non-cutting-edge hardware. If you want it all, though, you want it all. And that costs. No different from anything else in the world.

        That's true, so long as the developer is willing to handle it. Developing software that can handle multiple system configurations requires more time and more testing, which means either the development companies eat this increased cost or start raising the price of games to compensate. Then they have to deal with the "Technical Support" aspect of someone with an odd configuration that doesn't work.

        I'm not saying upgrades are a Bad Thing, I just think that one of the defining feature of a Console was the

      • by Justus (18814)

        The NES had "optional" upgrades. These Elite features are optional: nothing more. If there was a "penultimate NES", it would include a Zapper, R.O.B., Action Pad, NES Satellite, and maybe other things I'm forgetting. Remember, that system also sold in different level "trims". Hell, the overwhelming majority of NES titles had additional memory banking hardware in each cartridge to enable the game to access more than 64K of memory. Genesis: Penultimate would have: Genesis, Master System adapter, Sega CD, 32X

      • by BarneyL (578636)

        Genesis: Penultimate would have: Genesis, Master System adapter, Sega CD, 32X.

        Possibly a bad example as Sega's rapid upgrades to Sega CD, 32X then ditching them in favour of the Saturn and then ditching that in favour of the Dreamcast was widely attributed as the cause of their death as a hardware vendor.

        Now I don't think the 360 upgrade is the same (realistically other than Vanguard on the PC how many games need a 20Gb install?) but Microsoft do seem to be trying hard to destroy their image as better va

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by amuro98 (461673)
      Oh please, this isn't the first time something like this has happend, nor is it something unique to Microsoft.

      All of the console makers have changed their hardware during their consoles' lifetime. Sony had already released a new model of the PS2 that came with the bundled ethernet adaptor that was CHEAPER than if you had bought an earlier PS2 and the adaptor separately. The monsters!

      Still didn't mean that the older games wouldn't work on the newer hardware, or vice versa. It was still a PS2.

      It's the same
      • Sony had already released a new model of the PS2 that came with the bundled ethernet adaptor that was CHEAPER than if you had bought an earlier PS2 and the adaptor separately. The monsters!

        Still didn't mean that the older games wouldn't work on the newer hardware, or vice versa. It was still a PS2.

        Final Fantasy XI does not work on PlayStation 2 Slimline. Linux does not work on PlayStation 2 Slimline. Even some games that do not use the hard drive do not work on PlayStation 2 Slimline. [playstation.com]

      • by DeadChobi (740395)
        What was hilarious about the slim PS2 was that you still needed to load the Ethernet drivers onto the memory card to use the port.
      • by steveo777 (183629)

        A larger HDD won't suddenly make games incompatible with older 360s. In fact, Microsoft *REQUIRES* all 360 games to be playable with - OR WITHOUT - the HDD. Granted, it'll be a little difficult to download demos without a HDD but your games will all still work.

        Check out FFXI Online for the 360. Requires the HDD. Sorry, bud, but they're making exceptions all over the place to their original requirements. They've realized that they'll miss out on a huge market share if they don't. You can also take a looksie for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on their Live! Arcade or whatever it is. It's HDD compatible only. Which violates their Arcade filesize limit of 40MB. MS doesn't seem to care too much about its "Core" owners.

    • ...and they slowly convert the XBox into a "Family PC".

      Note that there would still be a key difference between that and a real PC: it would be locked-down with DRM, require Microsoft's permission to run third-party code, etc. In other words, a disaster.

      Then again, it's not as if MS isn't trying to achieve that disaster with real PCs too, by infecting them with Treacherous Computing...

  • by bealzabobs_youruncle (971430) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:23PM (#18533963)
    crying about this? I just bought my 360 like 2.5 weeks ago but this doesn't bother me. The current Premium meets my gaming needs (and has plenty of hard drive space) and my Toshiba HD-DVD player and cable box handles the rest (and tie up both my HDMI ports). It is an option for new Xbox customers and by no means invalidates your current purchase.

    This strikes me as more about being obsessed with always having the latest and greatest than a real issue, grow up...

  • Lessons Learned (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Applekid (993327) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @04:26PM (#18534029)
    Here's what consumers need to learn:
    * Products get updated all the time.
    The benefits of "buy now" versus "buy later" is the time between now and later in which you will own and enjoy your product. I remember buying Final Fantasy X for $55 and then seeing it in the Greatest Hits bin for $15 a year or two later. If you cry about it and the companies want to make you feel better, they won't do it by releasing something at a medium price like $35 forever, they'll do it by releasing it at the full $55 and never dropping MSRP. (At least those who got the 'tard pack can upgrade to a hard drive for the next difference in the price difference of Core versus Elite. It's not GREAT, but it's not a slap in the face, either.)

    * What's top dog now won't be top dog later.
    PC gamers have already figured this out. The fact that there are even "generations" of gaming consoles should have taught you this applies in the console world as well.

    Here's what console companies need to learn:
    * Newer, more premium products need to push existing prices down.
    While it makes better sense for your bottom line, your base gets green with envy instead of less green by giving you money. Nintendo figured this one out already.

    * Think about upgrade capacity.
    Wouldn't it have been neat, instead, if you could take your existing 360 hard drive and piggy-back it to the new hard drive (like a daughterboard) and the drives would automatically move your contents and digital signatures to the new one and restore your old one to factory fresh? When I bought a new cell phone I set my old one to send all my contacts via infra red and set my new one to receive and it was quite nice to get it all done without a whole lot of pain. Nintendo tripped up on this with the WiFi being matched from the DS game to your DS's MAC / serial number, but they got it together on the Wii by using a standard and portable SD card for data transfer.

    That said, with the said problems, if the Elite 360 is targeted for holdouts who don't already have a 360, it fails. I don't have a 360 but I've been waiting for lower noise/power consumption 65nm, HD-DVD, bigger HD, and HDMI and Elite represents only 1/2 of that. Oh, plus BLACK. Wee. Here's hoping for a Super Elite come Christmas for $399. ;)
    • by hrrY (954980)
      So basically all the early adopters should have to pay for functionalities they should have had since day 1? Sans the 120Gb...the 65nm CPU has more to do with power consumption and heat dissipation which was killing them(XB360's)than it's performance. The HDMI was a spec they had to scrap due to issues dealing with DRM standards and televisions, but was a feature included all the same in MS's marketing scheme when they started their hype machine that snagged the early adopters that are being punished for be
      • by Applekid (993327)
        "So basically all the early adopters should have to pay for functionalities they should have had since day 1?"

        Should have had? I have a 1 year old TV that can't support more than one HDMI device. Does that mean if I have two HDMI devices then I can be upset that I can't hook both up at the same time when the manufacturer currently makes TVs with more than one port? My first PC was a Packard Bell from 1993, can I be upset that it doesn't run Vista?

        You DO realize that technology gets better as time goes on, r
    • by feepness (543479)
      Here's what consumers need to learn:

      Consumers don't learn things from corporations... corporations learn things from consumers.

      Well, the ones that want to stick around anyway.
  • As many Xbox 360 owners know, when you purchase something from Marketplace, it gets authorized to your gamertag and your console (not the hard drive). This means that if you replace the console but keep the hard drive, you'll need to be logged into Xbox Live to use any of that purchased content. Microsoft acknowledges the problem but hasn't provided a convenient solution for everyone yet.

    Does anyone know what happens to people who have an Xbox 360, buy the Elite, and transfer the content from the old d
    • As many Xbox 360 owners know, when you purchase something from Marketplace, it gets authorized to your gamertag and your console (not the hard drive). This means that if you replace the console but keep the hard drive, you'll need to be logged into Xbox Live to use any of that purchased content. Microsoft acknowledges the problem but hasn't provided a convenient solution for everyone yet.

      Sounds to me like those people will learn a hard lesson about the difference between actually owning something (i.e., ha

  • Seriously, this is news? People who are early adopters of tech pay more than the people who wait 6-12 months to buy similar tech.

    Move along, nothing to see here...

  • Just think how bad the early adopters of the PS3 must feel when they see that new models got rid of that annoying backward compatibility feature. Man, those people must be steamed.

    • by drewmca (611245)
      Backwards compatibility is a last-gen feature.
    • by beef623 (998368) *
      Its nowhere near as big of a problem as people make it out to be, and the list of incompatible games shrinks everytime a new update comes out. Microsoft is just getting scared of the PS3 now that it has finally lauched and started to pick up a little steam. I'm sure the PS3's success with its European launch got them thinking a little bit too.
  • If Elite comes to Canada (which they probably will) it'll be almost a scam-level bad purchase. You see, the main reason to have the big hard drive is to download video.

    But, 99% of the actual video marketplace is not available in Canada.

    So we'd be paying $100 basically for an HDMI port and a coat of paint.
  • What's the big deal? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Perseid (660451) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @05:42PM (#18535581)
    I have over 2TB of hard drive space on my PC and I am running low on free space, yet the 20GB hard drive on my 360 is more than I will ever need. I download game demos. I picked up the free South Park episode. And I still have 17GB free. 120GB on a 360? Come on. What are you gonna do with that? That's more than the average schmo has on their entire PC.
  • Elite HDMI version? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @06:02PM (#18535841)
    Does the Elite HDMI connection support the HDMI 1.3 spec (wider bit depth for displays)?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It is unclear but before the Sony fanbots pile on- the PS3 doesn't have a 1.3 HDMI port either. It's actually a 1.2A that Sony says will be "just as good" sometime in the future (maybe) with a firmware update. I mean, it's not like Sony hasn't downgraded their announced specs before (e.g. dual hdmi, dual ethernet ports, rumble, FULL backwards compatability, 1080P on games more graphically impressive than Sodoku...).
      • It is unclear but before the Sony fanbots pile on- the PS3 doesn't have a 1.3 HDMI port either. It's actually a 1.2A that Sony says will be "just as good" sometime in the future (maybe) with a firmware update. I mean, it's not like Sony hasn't downgraded their announced specs before (e.g. dual hdmi, dual ethernet ports, rumble, FULL backwards compatability, 1080P on games more graphically impressive than Sodoku...).

        Huh? It's HDMI 1.3 and even HDMI Licensing, LLC states PS3 is the first product to feature HD
  • Yamauchi (paraphrasing) has said, "What many companies do not understand about the video game business is that the software is the product, not the hardware. People buy the hardware only to get to the software." This solves the mystery as to why people moan and complain of new hardware (or buying more expensive hardware) but they were not complaining at all buying $70 games in the 16-bit generation. The amount of money spent on software totally eclipses what is spent on hardware with multiple $50 (and now $
  • Yes this is probably redundant, but we all know as electronics consumers that as soon as we plunk down our hard earned plastic, we've just purchased something that is already obsolete. It's the nature of the beast. I'll continue to occasionally play my 360 games the same way I occasionally play my 1st gen XBOX games and I'll eventually be occasionally playing Elite games and reading about how MS is coming out with the "Most Advanced Gaming System Ever Imagined!" and eventually I'll occasionally be playing g
  • .. did Slashdot become Pro-Microsoft ? Don't tell me I have to shop elsewhere for my daily Microsoft bashing ? :(

    I laugh about all who thought that MS was in the game business NOT to rape you :) *puts anti-xbot flamesuit on* This will probably get me a Flamebait mod, bah, I have Karma left :p
  • Not only are these early adopters stuck with an older model of the console


    Oh come on... There's a reason early adopters are called early adopters. They're the beta testers of released products. In the market of today, you can't buy a product when it's first released and not expect it to be outdated in a year or two. Look at the computer hardware industry for cryin' out loud. "The Elite's Sour Side?" More like "The way hardware sales works."
  • I beleive that Microsoft is really sticking it to their loyal XBox 360 fans more than anything. They have been known to always provide current owners the ability to add on anything that is created after the release of the console. That is what I liked so much about Microsoft rather than Sony is that they did't force you to buy a 500 dollar product like PS3. Now out of no where they create a new "elite system" that doesn't allow current console owners the ability to upgrade. Other than the harddrive, which i

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