We all know about the reliability catastrophe that is the Xbox 360. There's no denying that Microsoft basically screwed everyone over by releasing a shoddy machine that breaks about 30% of the time, and further screwed everyone over by taking more than two years to fix it. And now, even if the "Red Ring of Death" system failure is out of the way, we've heard about a new nasty error that crashes 360 machines. But that's not the point of this article; it's more about the software.
Of course, I can only use evidence from my own personal experiences and the experiences of people I know. Therefore, I'm asking a question in the headline; I'm not making a statement of fact. But let me break this down: I'm currently playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope , and it has frozen up on me twice and failed to load once in a span of 14 hours of gameplay. Before that, I played Gears of War 2 , and as awesome as that game is, I remember writing a whole article dedicated to the glitchiness of the title. Grenades getting stuck on tree limbs, crazy death animations, game progression hitches (can't open a door because the robot won't move), etc. Before that, I played Lost Odyssey , which was prone to freezing in battle; it happened at least 20 times during my 50 hours of game time. And lastly, there was The Orange Box , and although it's certainly better than the PS3 version, it still crashed on me more than once as I went through Half-Life 2 . The point is this: I can't seem to play an Xbox 360 game all the way through without running into something like this at least once.
I would also like to say that I'm on my very first 360, which I bought in the summer of 2007. I'm the only one I know who has been this lucky, as most are already on their third or fourth 360 console. But how "lucky" am I? Why does this continue to happen? On the PS3, the last games I've played have been Killzone 2 , Prince of Persia , Resistance 2 , and Mirror's Edge …no problems anywhere, ever. Nearly identical experiences have been reported by most everyone I know so I want to know, quite simply, why ? Hey, I have a 360 for a reason. Those games I just mentioned are great reasons. But why can't I seem to make it through a single solitary 360 game – exclusive or not – without encountering an issue of some kind? I've got 22 games for the PS3 and I think I've had a freeze happen twice; once with Grand Theft Auto IV and once with SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation . But weird glitches in the gameplay? Frequent crashes? Other screw-ups? Never. So I suppose you know what my question will be to PS3/360 owners…
Does this sound familiar at all? Or is it just me (and everyone I know)? I used to say I'd get multiplatform games on the PS3 because I prefer the controller, and while that remains true, the primary reason seems to center on software stability. If it's a PS3 game, I can be almost guaranteed of having no problems; if it's a 360 game, I can almost be guaranteed of the opposite. Why ?