Game Daily has an article up talking about how excited people are for the second round of Xbox 360’s to be released in stores, but how consumers might want to wait, atleast until Microsoft gets the bugs out.
For those consumers that did manage to get an Xbox 360 around launch, a small percentage of these gamers have reported crashes and other technical glitches. Although some have surmised that these problems stem from the hardware overheating, Brian Crecente of weblog Kotaku makes the interesting observation that every time his console locked up it was while he was bringing up the 360’s dashboard in-game; the problem could actually be in the software, not the hardware.
“I personally don’t think my lock-ups have anything to do with heat. Two of the lock-ups occurred within five minutes of turning my system on. I think it’s a software issue. I think, and remember this comes from someone who knows little about hands-on programming, that this is an issue of the game software interacting with the 360’s operating system,” he wrote.
I think I agree with this whole thing a bit. If only 2-3% have software issues that will be able to be fixed through Xbox Live updates, or through requesting a free update CD, then I wouldn’t wait to purchase my machine, but if it is not something that can easily be fixed, or if it is a big problem with the power brick, then I think it might be wise to wait until the offerings from the other major console makers are out. Whatever you decide, make sure you have a decent warranty to protect you. This is a delicate machine, even if it does still look a bit like a tank.