Five things that annoy me about the Xbox 360

The title explains it all, really, here are five things that annoy me about my 360. Firstly…

The inconsistent stupidness of it all. The 360 can play DivX when I share my media through the cumbersome Windows Media Player, but the nice Windows Media Centre interface won’t play DivX at all. This is stupid. I like WMC, it updates everything and displays it all very nicely. Mind you, I mainly use my PS3 for media sharing because…

It’s louder then Brian Blessed. Seriously, Microsoft, sort it out.  When a disc isn’t in the drive the fans are already loud enough, but put a disc in and the 360 sounds like it’s about to take off. Mind you, sometimes I like hearing that noise because…

My console is broken. I didn’t do it. It’s been broken from day one. I’ve not had the dreaded three red rings, but my console is broken in much stupider ways.  Sometimes it forgets that it’s a 360 at all and displays a message asking me to put my disc in an Xbox 360 console. Which is stupid. This is what happens when you drive down costs, your product becomes about as reliable as women. Or maybe the problem is simply…

A lack of thought. Even after the new update navigating the marketplace is much harder than it should be. A simple example is the bad categorisation. If something is a shooter and an arcade game, put it in both categories. Because of the way things are categorised it can be hard to find things. Surely this can’t be too hard to implement and just shows a lack of planning. Why is Geometry Wars in the Action/Adventure category and not the shooter one? WHY? I downloaded Ikaruga the other day and it took me forever to find. I only wanted to play online co-op. Which leads into my last complaint…

Make Live free. I know Live is one of the only profitable bits of Xbox, but it needs to be free. I don’t play online a lot, only a couple of games of Team Fortress and a few games of FIFA a month, and yet I have to pay to play. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, and ends up skewing the online demographic into the hardcore/obsessive gamer territory. If Live was free, everyone would be able to participate. Then again, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the fact that people have to pay for Live is a barrier that stops people messing up the system. If people have to pay, maybe they’ll be more fearful of being banned.

So, in conclusion, I love my Xbox and I’m off to play Eternal Sonata which is literally the most beautiful thing ever.