Monday, December 05, 2005

Lawsuit against Microsoft over Xbox 360 glitch

I picked up this little nugget on Yahoo! of course. It seems that the Xbox 360 has hit a snag. According to the article linked in the title above, the Xbox 360 tends to overheat and freeze up during gameplay.

Just a little insight into the Xbox and Playstation 3, they are powered by IBM processors. These are the same processors that are currently being used to power Macintosh computers. The reason that they are being used in gaming consoles is because of the super cool Velocity Graphics Engine it uses.

You also may have heard a few months ago that Apple will be switching to Intel processors next year. And why is that, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya.

The current processors being used in Macs create so much heat that Apple couldn't improve their laptop computers. They are running G4 processors at less than 2 Ghz when everyone wants a G5 processor. In fact, the dual G5 processors in the top-o-the-line Power Macs create so much heat that they are liquid cooled.

So it's no wonder that the Xbox 360 is having heat problems, but that is the price they are going to pay in order to try and beat Sony to the punch. What Microsoft should do is figure out a way to make the Xbox 360 backwards compatible with the old Xbox games in addition to fixing the heat issue.

Then they might have a chance against the PS3. Otherwise the 50+ Gig Blue-Ray discs and a library of games that go all the way back to the PS1 will ultimately crown the victor.

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