2010 has been a great year for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 – introducing Kinect, the Xbox 360S, and ridding the world of the infamous RRoD – but if Microsoft wants to continue to have success, they’ll seriously need to consider adding these 5 changes in 2011.
The Xbox 360 dashboard has dramatically changed since it first hit the gaming scene and although 360 fans are grateful for Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Last.fm support, the Xbox 360 is still really lacking in the apps department. Microsoft has the most popular internet browser (Internet Explorer), yet it’s the only current gen console without a net browser – and yes, that’s including the Nintendo Wii. In order for the Xbox 360 to take its user experience to the next level Microsoft will need to at least add YouTube and Internet Explorer support.
This Xbox 360 add-on might be over lots of people’s heads, but .MKV (also known as Matroska) is one of the most popular video codecs online and rivals Divx as the head honcho of the web. The Xbox 360’s video streaming service is nearly perfect in every way, but its lack of subtitle and MKV video support is the only thing holding the 360 back from its true video streaming potential.
Simply (or not so simply) adding a Blu-ray player to the Xbox 360 console would work to silence the many PS3 fanboys that reach for the “lack of Blu-ray player” argument every time a console debate comes up. While Microsoft is pretty much on point by thinking of video streaming as the de facto standard of watching movies in the future, their bitterness over their HD DVD loss should have its limits. Bring Blu-ray to the Xbox 360.
A better banhammer
In my humble opinion, the Xbox 360 has the best online gaming experience and although I don’t mind shelling out the big bucks to kick tail online, I do mind that the Xbox 360 has one of the foulest online gaming communities of all the current gen consoles. Sure, the Xbox 360 has an inbuilt complaint module, but judging by the sheer amount of bigots, racists, sexists, and over general douche-bags on Xbox Live; it can’t be working properly.
Added Kinect support
I think the Xbox Kinect is a god-send in the gaming community – so much that I bought two of them – but as of this writing, there are only a handful of games – and those games are kinda “meh.” I know that it’s pretty much up to the gaming developers to build on the Kinect’s technology, but with the lackluster games with Kinect Support, there’s really no reason to buy one right now.
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