Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Journal on Xbox

Yesterday we had a textbook example of how not to cover the videogame industry. Today the Wall Street Journal gives us a perfect blueprint for a very smart, very informative videogame piece. The reporters, Walter Mossberg and Katherine Boehret, are to be congratulated.

In addition to playing the story straight, Mossberg and Boehret give readers a wealth of information, some of which may even be news to those who have followed the Xbox 360 a bit closely. For instance, did you know that:

* The $400 Xbox will play old Xbox titles, but the $300 core system will not?

* That the power adapter for the Xbox 360 is enormous?

* That the wireless internet adapter for the Xbox costs $100?

* That the Xbox Live Silver package which the $400 system comes with does NOT allow online gameplay? (For that, you need the Gold package.)

It's a great piece.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Microsoft, worried that the population has grown too used to reliable hardware, has decided to add their unique version of infinite loops, timing problems, and assorted random funcionality to the formerly reliable area of real electronic design. Neat. As the Microsoft El Supremo Director of Screwing Things Up said to UPI, "We want all electronic device users to experience what real incompetance can accomplish."