The past year has been hard for fans like myself. I really enjoy gaming. I take it very seriously. I would go so far as to say: I am very defensive about my “Console of Choice”. After all I do a podcast that favors the Xbox Live enviorment. Since the beginning of the 360, XBL Radio has proven with Live on Live, that the Box is hard to beat for online play. However I have to be honest when I say it’s becoming hard to defend my console of choice.
The past years, since launch of the 360, has brought us: The Red Rings of Death, A faulty wireless headset, Numerous scratched discs, Overheated Bricks, Overheated Consoles, Warrenty issues that had to be addressed, and now the latest in the 360 issues: Similar to the way that the power cables on the original Xbox had problems with possibly catching on fire, the Xbox 360 Racing Wheel can possibly cause your wheel to “overheat” and “release smoke.” Thanks to a couple instances of this happening, Microsoft is instituting a program where you can get an AC adapter replacement for your wheel free of charge.
You can still use your wheel now on battery power (wirelessly), but they recommend that you quit using it while plugged in—which means there’s no force feedback—until you get the replacement adapter.
I know that some may say I’m being too critical on the 360. I am. Since XBL Radio prides itself on being “for the gamer” I want to let our community know that issues such as these are important to us. The 360 is quickly becomming the FIREstone story of the Platform Wars.