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Xbox already showing Microsoft heritage

  It has recently been reported that an Xbox demo unit at a local Toys R Us store was having extreme loading and functioning problems. Apparently, the condition was so severe that the setup had to have an ‘Out of Order’ sign placed in front of it, as it seems this is the general story for Microsoft even before they can get their console into the homes of Americans. The Xbox had no CD in it; therefore the problem is specifically in the console. While customers tried frantically to navigate through the menu screen, they could do nothing else but watch the Xbox slowly crumble to its inevitable crashing. Music constantly skipped throughout the process and numerous resets of the console had no effect. Finally, after employees of the store tried to fix the problem, a screen appeared that said the Xbox needed customer service repair, and gave a list of phone numbers to contact for help.

   What’s even worse for those interested in getting an Xbox is that the store demo is the actual finalized hardware that consumers will see at launch. Also, more and more cases have been popping up around the country including difficulties such as:

   An Xbox unit in the Germantown, MD Target store is reported to have "freezing" problems that require employees to open the kiosk every 75 minutes to reset the console.

   An Xbox unit in Software Etc. store in Souix Falls, SD was reported to skip, freeze, and have audio problems.

   An Xbox unit at a Babbages store in Mobile, AL was reported to have similar problems

   A Babbages employee at the Dearborn, MI store reports that their Xbox unit does not function. "Out of five stores that have playable demos within a ten mile area, only two have working units," says the employee.

   *Reports made by*

   What you make of this is your own call, but in my opinion, Microsoft is crashing and burning before they even take off. When attempting to contact company representatives, Microsoft declined any comment (big surprise). The Xbox has already been delayed from its previous expected launch date, and loading problems may have been the source of the problem. With news surfacing as it is, maybe Microsoft needs another year to get their act together. Our Editor in Chief at PSX Extreme, SolidSnake, had to this to add:

   "I noticed some laggy loading times with the hardware as well, in addition to distorted sound. Something's really gone wrong. Suddenly, Sony's mistakes and initial errors seem like nothing but ants. Congrats Microsoft! You've done a great job proving yourself."

10/23/2001 Matt Stensrud

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