Xbox Originals - the full older titles for Xbox Live that Microsoft is promising
- are still weeks away, but Microsoft is already telling us that they could crash.
A posting on Xbox.com tells us:
"There are some known issues with Xbox Originals. With all game titles, publisher logos at the start of a game can be choppy on first play when caching. Also, any additional content within a game (such as a demo or trailer) is not supported by Xbox Originals titles and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console)."
That's not all that's wrong with them, either. Microsoft additionally tells us, "There are also some issues unique to specific game titles." A full list is available on Xbox.com
Of course, given that Microsoft has nearly three weeks before the games are launched over Xbox Live, maybe it ought to be fixing the problems rather than telling us about them...
SPOnG would also like to point out a discrepancy between the announcement sent to the British gaming press and information on Xbox.com (for the US). While the announcement reads: "all eight-million members will have the opportunity to download a free
Xbox LIVE Arcade game" (our emphasis),
Xbox.com bears the following:
"As a gesture of thanks to the gaming community, all eight million members will have the opportunity to download the Xbox LIVE Arcade game Carcassone FREE between 12:01 A.M. PDT on Nov. 15 and 11:59 P.M. PDT on Nov. 16*. In addition to this, every active member who joined the service in 2002 will receive 500 free Microsoft Points."
As the times quoted are North American it may be that the information is US-specific. Additionally, the information about those eligible for free points suggests that the passage is specific to American gamers, given that in Europe we didn't get the opportunity to join Xbox Live until March 14th 2003.
SPOnG has contacted Microsoft for clarification.