Microsoft outlines Xbox game download issues

Report on official Microsoft Web site lists the mostly minor problems that the titles may have when downloaded on the 360.

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that a selection box of original Xbox games would be available to download through Xbox Live as part of a birthday celebration for the service. Nobody likes a party pooper, but today, a note on the official Xbox Web site lists some "known issues" with the titles currently scheduled for launch.

Firstly, the publisher logos that show up at the start of all games may appear "choppy" on first playing, and any additional content within games, including trailers or demos, will not be supported.

Specific issues have also been found in the following titles: In Fable, there are "random bursts of audio static and some minor texture issues." In Halo, there are some "very mild" frame rate drops, and HDMI 720p is not supported for PAL users of Psychonauts. Fusion Frenzy also has some minor frame rate issues, whereas Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge "very rarely" has minor flickering at the top of the screen, and the "press A to continue" message is missing when a host player leaves a multiplayer game.

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joemerchant2006
joemerchant2006

I only have two originals...Halo and Halo 2. I decided to sell the rest of the disks cuz..well...they didn't work...this sounds like something Sony's already done.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Not suprising that the guys with the Halo avatars never say anything negative to say towards Microsoft eh?

GrimBee
GrimBee

Well, at least they didn't just remove the software emulated BC :) If you aren't happy with the results of BC on the xbox 360 - then its dead easy to just purchase an old xbox from eBay - dirt cheap. Its not ideal to have the xbox in your home as you need some sort of extension on your house to have it fit in there with the other consoles that you have (heh heh). But the great thing about the old xbox is that (and not alot of people know this) it goes up to 1080i! Imagine, a console nearly 6 years old with 1080i support and a hard-drive :D The old xbox was a little (little... lol) gem of a console, looking back at the games library that it had - those games kick some serious butt. The quality of the games is amazing, and often I have found that the graphics are better than alot of Wii games! So going back to some old xbox games (panzer dragoon orta etc) is an amazing way to play some classic games. I mean, I would prefer to play them with the 360 controller because the feel of that controller is one of the best that I have used in a long time. But backwards compatibility will always have issues when its done via software. Sooner or later Microsoft will provide another means to play the old xbox games, better software for example. It would be cool if you could select "xbox mode" on the dash of the 360, and then it turns the 360 into the old xbox, the blades are still there, but the background is like the old system background. Not only that, you can then select custom made servers and join them on xbox live to play the old xbox titles. And when in xbox mode - you select xbox live and all the content will be related to the old xbox. Old xbox games, gamerpics of old xbox game characters etc. Something like this may be done eventually. But either way, its all good :)

lamprey263
lamprey263

it doesn't upset me as much that when the BC list updates that some of the games have glitches, but rather, I really hate it that when the glitches are brought to their attention, they'll only list the glitch on their website and not make any attempt to fix the glitch

HAMMER261266
HAMMER261266

BC should be the priority not XBOX Originals. They are spending time finding ways to charge gamers for BC. They should be spending their time keeping their promise. Once BC is complete, then they can focus on XO. By not finishing what they promised, Microsoft is taking advantage of everyone who ever bought a 360, especially the early adopters who bought based on that promise.

Bowser05
Bowser05

No actually the truth is worse than that Hammer. They are RE-RELEASING games that have already been made BC as DLC, they aren't putting out any extra effort to make games that weren't BC before available for DLC. They would never be that considerate. I still have a handful of Xbox games I can't play :-(.

HAMMER261266
HAMMER261266

To deflect criticism and sell units prior to the 360's launch, Peter Moore promises backwards compatibility on ALL original XBOX games which Microsoft has yet to deliver on 2 years after the 360's release. So they're stalling on BC, but they have plenty of time to make games BC that they can charge gamers for via downloads? What a scam! They are the biggest crooks ever in gaming history!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I'm not really interested in playing mostly a bunch of Xbox games that I already played and if I ever do I can just buy the hard copy for really cheap, but this is nice too...

Bowser05
Bowser05

Oh the joys of emulation. I just hope they can fix all these problems and someday have all the games available on BC and/or DLC (though i'd prefer BC, because I HATE digital downloads if I can help it). Still, the fact that they ARE doing this and giving more options is a plus...guess Nintendo's 'fads' are catching on eh?

Merl57
Merl57

original games are cheaper

l337fool
l337fool

darkride66 "l337fool. I guess my big problem is with Halo 3's matchmaking. I hooked up with a few newbies and we were routinely fed to people with far, far higher ranks than we were at. Certainly hampers the gameplay when you're always fed to the sharks. True, I've looked at the compare game feature, but other than finding out people seem to love Basketball games, I've never found this too useful. At the end of the last gen I was playing my xbox far more than my PS2. I'm by no means a casual gamer, but I am a casual online gamer. I had XBL for a couple of months originally but couldn't understand why I was paying for something I could do on my PC for free, so I never really went back. I've had XBL with my 360 since launch but I'm really not using it so I'll probably stop it as soon as this month expires. I would have got rid of it months ago if I hadn't been waiting for Halo 3 and now that it's out I've found it really isn't enough for me to justify the cost of XBL. I hadn't really done any online gaming for over a year or so until Warhawk came out but now I'm totally hooked on that and COD4." I'm spoiled in a sense I only play with people I know in RL for the most part or the friends of my friends. I really wasn't too crazy about halo3 cept for aspects of the team play in which I feel gears is better. I guess I can understand where you are coming from. Seriously I would spend the 20 bucks on chromehounds and give it a rip before you cancel live. That is the first non arcade game that really made me appreciate live. It takes quite a bit to get into the single player mode is really a trainer which is what led to its seeming low score of a 79 at GS but the game is incredibly deep and a good place to meet real gamers over live.

pred_dachande
pred_dachande

"Wow. I mean... wow. They come out and say that there may be a few issues with the downloads(which may have not been there fault at all. **** like this happens allot with downloads, get use to it you **** and people are crying about it? At least they have the balls to come out and say there may be problems, not hiding them until everyone starts crying about it. There's no pleasing people these days." I'd be pleased if Microsoft wasn't overcharging for the darn games. I can see maybe Halo being worth $15, but Crimson Skies? Fable? They're both less than that at EB (Crimson Skies is $3, for God's sake), and to not even bother trying to fix the emulation issues just screams rush job to sucker in all the people who think a digital copy of a game is more durable than a hard copy.

123coolgirl
123coolgirl

@monkeygodkill -dont **** start shooting out s*** without planning it first. Why not test it first s***. have the balls to to come out, what happen when the 360 had a hardware problems. what took them so long to come out with their balls?

monkeygodkill
monkeygodkill

Wow. I mean... wow. They come out and say that there may be a few issues with the downloads(which may have not been there fault at all. **** like this happens allot with downloads, get use to it you **** and people are crying about it? At least they have the balls to come out and say there may be problems, not hiding them until everyone starts crying about it. There's no pleasing people these days.

GUTZandRAGE
GUTZandRAGE

I appreciate the honesty, but come on, don't release them until these issues are worked out. I want to buy HALO because it's the game I keep losing. I bought the damn thing three times and it always ends up getting sratched or lost. But, come on, get things right the first time.

RakinR
RakinR

BOOOO! THAT SUCKS THEY SHOUT GIVE DEMOS AND TRAILERS. nice more achievements for me

damned_beast
damned_beast

Its nice they will go out there and tell us. And downloading old xbox games is awesome

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

It's nice that they're upfront about it. I'm not sure why gamers wouldn't just buy the hard copies, but whatever.

-BC-Soldier91
-BC-Soldier91

I hope they release Half Life Episode 3 this way!

elreddiablo
elreddiablo

who care for old games this days? i got to much aaa new games on my 360 to care much :) hey that me.some ppl love old games

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I say keep those "hiccups" and to fix it, drop the price to say.... $5. Then I'm in!

PS3_3DO
PS3_3DO

You can't play PS2 games on the 40gb PS3 ever!

lilkao
lilkao

i hope sony does the same ( but they will work unlike xbox) put ps2 classics for download that can be played in both ps3 and psp 8). oh and MasterChief725 you are a total MS fanboy ro should i say fanbuy? not everybody that has a 360 loves halo3 i know many people including my self that hate that game just because it sucks. yea you are a total idiotic fanboy that does not know how things really roll in life. you r blinded by your fanboyness.

dmish82
dmish82

You call "random bursts of audio static" and "frame rate drops" MINOR issues?!?! Not for $15 a game. Sorry Microsoft!

Syntih
Syntih

oh btw mastercheif, i own a 360 and i absolutly hated halo 3, ruined the series for me personally, i beat it and took it back.. now im playing KOTOR oon my 360 and that has so many blatant problems it is not even funny

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Who the heck cares about watching trailers for games made back when those games were made? None of these are really that huge of problums. Fable will still be downloaded on my 360 whether or not it has static every now and then... who cares it will still last longer in the long run than a disc would.

ctg867
ctg867

Wow, they bring this thing out, make them straight emulations, and they can't even get that right. If you can't throw in 360 integration, online multiplayer for games that don't have it, or achievements, then you can do like you always do and rip off the idiots, make some money, and get me something actually worth my money. But this is kinda pathetic.

darkride66
darkride66

MasterChief725 said "The biggest problem is, is that Sony's best games, which all look soo awesome, heavenly sword, and uncharted, dont even go online" How is this a problem? Some of us actually prefer a good single player experience. Did lack of multiplayer make you enjoy Bioshock less? And how did you go and make this somehow about the PS3 again? Everyone was clearly talking about the 360.

darkride66
darkride66

MasterChief725. What? When have I ever bashed Halo 3. I loved Halo 3. I've finished it twice now, the mulitplayer has just doesn't blow my skirt up. Never has. I play Warhawk and COD4 to death online on the PS3. I don't compare them to Halo 3 because the multiplayer is just a different experience. Some like Warhawk, other's Halo. What's not to understand about that? Just because I don't think we should all grab our pitchforks and torches and fly to Japan to burn Sony into the ground doesn't mean I'm a Sony fanboy. I just happen to prefer the console that hasn't died on me 3 times. I love my 360 and can't wait to download Psychonauts (I missed it the first time around) but just because I happen to enjoy the hell outta my PS3 doesn't mean that I have some vendetta against the 360. I certainly don't understand the vendetta you have against the PS3, MasterChief.

Agreb91
Agreb91

They can't fix these issues? But they are only minor so I could care less.

imortiferus
imortiferus

Nothing earth shattering. I'm fine with it, at least the MS cares about BC.

kith_kat
kith_kat

frame rate drops?? booo that would bother me

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

i dont think that xbox fans will be too bothered by this

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

i dont think that xbox fans will be too bothered by this

km1498
km1498

Those problems don't sound that bad to me.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

i dont think that xbox fans will be too bothered by this

DatGMan
DatGMan

I agree with Power and Glory. While I don't own a 360 myself, I played the first and second Halos and I always thought of them as good, but not great. I also have talked with many people who liked Halo 3, and a few people who were disappointed with it. Blanket statements (as well as accusations of fanboyism) are unfair, especially to people with valid opinions.

SpeedMan72
SpeedMan72

xbl is awesome but i think this is point less if u cant find a game its probly on ebay or at gamestop and it wounlt fill up ur hdd.

SpeedMan72
SpeedMan72

xbl is awesome but i think this is point less if u cant find a game its probly on ebay or at gamestop and it wounlt fill up ur hdd.

DatGMan
DatGMan

I agree with Power and Glory. While I don't own a 360 myself, I played the first and second Halos and I always thought of them as good, but not great. I also have talked with many people who liked Halo 3, and a few people who were disappointed with it. Blanket statements (as well as accusations of fanboyism) are unfair, especially to people with valid opinions.

DatGMan
DatGMan

I agree with Power and Glory. While I don't own a 360 myself, I always thought of Halo (the first one) as good, but not great. I also have talked with many people who liked Halo 3, and a few people who were disappointed with it. Blanket statements (as well as accusations of fanboyism) are unfair, especially to people with valid opinions.

Power-and-Glory
Power-and-Glory

Wait a second MasterChief725. Don't just go making blanket statements there. Not everyone loves Halo 3 like you may think. I find it to be a good game but not great. That could be cause I am used to PC Games more and I find the PC FPS experience more enjoyable. You go on talking about how someone is a fanboy then you go and make silly statements yourself about the PS3. Just face it people have differant tastes stop looking into it that it is someone being a fanboy.

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

@Darkride 66 1337 fool is correct. Everyone who regularly visits gamespot knows that darkride 66 is a sony fanboy. no one should even answer him anymore, proof? he continually bashes halo 3, and everyone i know who has a 360 LOVES halo 3. Even if they dont like the 360, everyone loves halo 3. It is just plain a great game. And the funny thing is, if you are a casual gamer online, XBL would appeal to you much more b/c the interface is easier, it has fun achievments, there are thousands more users, thousands more games, and XBLM and XBLA. PSN just cant match that. The biggest problem is, is that Sony's best games, which all look soo awesome, heavenly sword, and uncharted, dont even go online!?! So i dont really know what darkride 66 PLAYS online on PSN, but I can assure you, Warhawk is a very fun game; but it just isnt in the league with halo 3. I think Killzone 2 will be that game, maybe not better, but at least up there.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Why don't people just play their old game CD's on the 360 for free? I mean, it is backwards compatible, right? The whole point is they are able to be downloaded. And they're not necessarily free, either. You still have to go buy them.

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

well, they still have a month to fix it. It doesnt sound like that big of a deal. I'm getiin all of them, issues or not. Even if they dont fix them completely b4 lauch, they will just have a patch to fix it up, no worries!

hardcore0115
hardcore0115

Seems like the same graphical issues as playing the games on disc. Not surprising

bigpimppapa
bigpimppapa

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bigpimppapa
bigpimppapa

They are always trying to grab the cash. They need to slow down and wait till it is perfect. When you buy a car do you want the brakes to work some of the times or all the time. Same applies here if the product as a whole has any issue scrap the idea till you can make the correct product period