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Xbox 360 sales pass 30 million mark

This past week, Microsoft announced a major milestone for its Xbox 360 console. According to Redmond, the 360 has officially surpassed the 30 million sales mark. For comparison sake, Sony’s PlayStation 3 has sold around 21.3 million units and Nintendo has pushed out about 50.4 million Wii consoles. Both the Wii and PS3 were released in 2006 whereas the Xbox 360 was launched in November of 2005.

Beyond hitting 30.2 million consoles sold, Microsoft has also added approximately 3 million Xbox Live subscriptions since January, rounding out the Live community at around 20 million active members. Other notes:

  • $14.5 billion — The amount of revenue Xbox 360 has generated in the US since its release.
  • $5.9 billion — The amount of revenue Xbox 360 has generated for third-party publishers since its release.
  • 8.3 — The average number of game titles sold per system.

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Microsoft looks to complete the trifecta with Xbox 360 motion control solution

Nintendo’s got it, Sony should have it soon enough and now Microsoft is apparently getting ready to unveil its take on motion-controlled gaming. Unlike Nintendo and Sony’s solutions however, Microsoft looks to be taking an entirely different approach to the concept by removing a physical remote from the equation and using the actual gamer as the controller — at least where motion is concerned. The solution reportedly entails a sensor bar that observes gamer movement and uses it to control compatible games. You move, it moves. You kick, it kicks. You trip over your coffee table and bust your face, it… Well, we’re not sure what happens then. The bottom line is that this could very well be a tremendous leap where motion-controlled home gaming is concerned and from the sound of it, it could definitely eclipse Sony’s solution which sounds more like catch up than anything else. In both cases however, motion control will definitely be a nice value-add for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners. We just hope Sony and Microsoft aren’t viewing these solutions as game changers — especially where sales are concerned. Sure, the Wiimote might not be as unique once these new products hit the market but its just once piece of the equation as far as Wii appeal goes. Remember, the Wii isn’t stealing the market from Sony and Microsoft. It’s creating an entirely new and much broader market.

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Here’s the way to get free xbox downloads

Xbox owners are known for wanting to make their gaming experience better and improve their systems. After all, the Xbox 360 is a great system that constantly offers new features. It’s been able to stay popular, even after newer systems have been released. Let’s take a look at one of the Xbox’s best features – the ability to download games without having to go to the store and buy them.

Xbox 360 downloads are a relatively recent addition. You used to only be able to download a limited number of games, and many of them were only demos. Now you can download full versions of some of the best games out there.

So, the big question remains: Where can you find Xbox 360 games for download?

There are two basic options, and one is a better choice than the other. We’ll cover the least desirable choice first, so you’ll know what it’s not as good.

There are a lot of sites out there claiming to have free Xbox 360 downloads available. You’ll need to download their software and install it on your computer if you even want to look and see what’s available.

However, there’s a big problem with this plan. These unregulated websites are often filled with broken and mislabeled files, spyware, adware and viruses. Anyone with the software can upload a file, and that makes it easy to mislabel them. There are even cases where people have been caught uploading viruses on purpose.

Anyone who’s serious about getting Xbox 360 game downloads should look for membership type websites that offer downloads for a small fee. This is usually about forty to fifty dollars, and you’ll be able to log in and downloads you games whenever you choose.

Using these websites offers an enormous advantage. You won’t have to deal with viruses, since the files are monitored, and you know they aren’t mislabeled or broken games. Your membership will also give you the software required to burn these games onto a disk, allowing you to use them with your Xbox.

For only about forty dollars, this is an easy way to make sure you stay up to date and have the latest games. There are people who have decided to skip the store and only download games. After all, this saves you a lot of money.

If you really love trying out new games for your system, downloading XBox 360 games could be a good idea for you. You’ll save a lot of money, and you’ll be able to add new games to your collection whenever you like, without even leaving your home.

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Microsoft finally patches Xbox 360’s HDMI issues

A bug that prevented audio signals from being delivered from the Xbox 360 to users receivers/TVs via HDMI has been a huge burden to many people since the issue cropped up with the installation of the NXE update in mid-November, but Microsoft apparently didn’t deem it necessary to address the issue let alone release a patch. Well here we are over two months later and we see that Microsoft has finally decided to come around and push out an official patch to solve the problem. We’re not sure what kept Redmond from remedying the issue sooner but when 360 owners got fed up enough to come to us for help, Microsoft apparantly saw the light. Needy little things those 360 users, aren’t they? The nerve – wanting audio for their video games… It all goes to show that when in doubt, Help Me Howard BGR is on your side.

Have you got a Hardware Problem on Your Xbox 360?

Has the 3 red light Ring of Death Brought Your Gaming Time to a grinding Halt?

I will tell you that your not alone, as it has happened to me a good Three times in 2 very short years. The first console lasted only 2 months from the date i bought it.

That was fine this time because the Guarantee was still there, and I was handed a new one by the Game shop.

But if the Warranty is up, you have limited and Expensive options.

There is a cost of over $100 to send your console back to Microsoft, plus a cost of two weeks valuable, Game downtime.

Worse still is that I have heard a few reports that when the Xbox 360 consoles came back from Microsoft, the notorious 3 red lights of doom came back shortly afterwards.

So how does this Annoying Ring of Death Happen?

The core cause of the console’s Hardware failure lies in the Heat sink design, Primarily in the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

The GPU Heat sink is underneath the DVD drive of the console, and because of this the heat sink is too small for the heat output of the GPU core. Its only 10mm (3/8) High. On the other hand, the CPU is about 50mm (2) High and is liquid cooled.

In the Xbox 360 Elite, Microsoft altered the design of the cooling system so that the Liquid cooling Extend’s beyond the CPU to the GPU. This makes the console dissipate the Heat better and therefore does not overheat to the same extent.

So the bottom line is that constant exposure to high temperatures cause the motherboard to warp slightly which causes cracking of some of the solder joints on the board. That then triggers Hardware failure and the 3 red lights show up on your Xbox 360.

The only free solution was the towel trick, but that can be even more problematic as it makes the warping even worse, and creates irreparable damage to the already weakened solder joints. I unfortunately, experienced this first hand.

As such, the nature of the internet being driven by money, if you wanted good reliable information, your going to have to pay for it. But at least I didn’t have to give any money to Microsoft, Again!

I found 10+ Xbox 360 guides on the web all claiming to get the fix done in 30 minutes, some say 1 hour and others say 2 hours.

Some guides out there are summarized garbage with steps missing. But I wanted a guide that had the simplest explanation and no technical jargon. (and if there is any, its explained to you).

So being a lover of computer games and having an Electronic Engineering degree, I decided to take action and review the top 6 selling guides out there and I narrowed them down to a Top 3.

For my top 3, click the link below.

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