Microsoft Xbox 360 was Rushed to Beat Sony Claimed

Failure rates, repeating bad decisions...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 was Rushed to Beat Sony Claimed
An '...individual who has worked on the Xbox 360 project for many years' has gone public with his (or her) claims that the Xbox 360 was doomed to hardware failures from the outset.

That same source has further claimed that Microsoft knows who he (or she) is. They have also explained the motivation behind launching a detailed and lengthy attack on the company's management as well as it's gaming hardware.

"I have always been in a position to stand up for the customer. MS stopped me from doing that. They need to pay the price now", is the crusading message.

If you've not yet seen the full interview, high (or low) lights include:

"Whenever something failed and there was a question about whether the test result was false, they would remove that test, retest and ship, or see if the unit would boot a game and run briefly and then ship. 360 is too complex of a machine to get away with that."

"It's (the failure rate) around 30%, and all will probably fail early".

"I've heard that the failure rates for the current design is sub 10%".

"This quarter they are expecting 1 M failures, most of those Xenons. Some of those are repeat failures. Life expectancy is all over the map because the design has very little margin for most of the important parameters. That means it's not a fault tolerant design".

"MS has under resourced that product unit in all engineering areas since the very beginning".

"Second, MS was so focused on beating Sony this cycle that the 360 was rushed to market when all indications were that it had serious flaws".

"That management team had made some pretty bad decisions in the past and had never had to pay a proportional consequence".

"They would rationalize that if the first few million boxes had a high failure rate, a few 10's of millions of dollars would cover it. And contrasting that cost with a big lead on Sony, would pay it in a heartbeat".

"They weren't even thinking about Nintendo".

We have contacted Microsoft for any official comment regarding the claims made within the piece. As yet no response is forthcoming. SPOnG will be shocked if the company avoids the issue entirely. We would hope that, for the sake of Xbox 360 owners (and Microsoft stockholders), a full clarification is quickly made public as this would be preferable to an long, drawn-out battle in the courts - or even the more usual "out of court settlement".
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Comments

daz 21 Jan 2008 13:31
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this really isn't news, everyone's known it was rushed to beat Sony for ages now.
HyperTails 21 Jan 2008 15:11
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It was obvious right from the start they rushed it to beat Sony. They were so desperate to beat Sony to market that they released an Xbox 1.5.
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Dan 21 Jan 2008 16:10
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Everyone knows the 360 was rushed out but anyone that believes that hoax insider is for real is an idiot.
He's a serial hoaxer and it's not even his first hoax under the name Xboxfounder he's been at it before.
Nicholas Hyett 21 Jan 2008 17:27
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Yeah we know about the flaws as i now have my second console go bust. The 3 red rings of death. My second console is the Elite on the day of release so i haven't even had it a year. I now have to bother to package it up and ship it back to microsoft. Which i might add may take 4 weeks to be returned after they receive it.

That's not giving away any details is it? Like maybe they have a lot of consoles to repair...hmm.
Mike 21 Jan 2008 21:11
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Nicholas Hyett wrote:
Yeah we know about the flaws as i now have my second console go bust. The 3 red rings of death. My second console is the Elite on the day of release so i haven't even had it a year. I now have to bother to package it up and ship it back to microsoft. Which i might add may take 4 weeks to be returned after they receive it.

That's not giving away any details is it? Like maybe they have a lot of consoles to repair...hmm.


I'm on my 16th Xbox, 9 of them were elites and i've just sent my latest one to be fixed and M$ said it will take six months to come back because of the 99% failure rate backlog.

I'm now going to buy a PS3 which don't break at all, infact they are made of kryptonite and will be the only piece of consumer electronics that will still work after the pending nuclear holocaust that is going to be started by Microsoft because of poor sales of vista.
spudgun 21 Jan 2008 21:36
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>they are made of kryptonite

But weren't the Elites made of Kryptonite too ? Or were they just painted black to look like it?
PreciousRoi 22 Jan 2008 12:05
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I still have my, heavily used, often moved, 360 born on 03-06-2006, so it'l be 2 years old soon...

Sure, MS would rather not have had things go as badly, but undoubtedly their gamble was not completely in vain. Final Results:TBD
xboxfounder 23 Jan 2008 10:08
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Dan wrote:
Everyone knows the 360 was rushed out but anyone that believes that hoax insider is for real is an idiot.
He's a serial hoaxer and it's not even his first hoax under the name Xboxfounder he's been at it before.


So, you're sure he's not for real?
xboxfounder 30 Jan 2008 05:06
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I'm disappointd in you Dan. First Santa, then the Tooth Fairy. Now me.

What do I have to do?
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