Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Hard Truth about Modified Xbox 360s (And Why You Shouldn't Buy Them)

1. You don't know if the modified unit you're buying is an old one or a lemon that just got repaired. How would you know? There'd be no way of knowing.

2. You don't know if the technician who modifies your unit even knows what the hell he's doing. If it breaks, how can you blame them? They'll probably put you through hoops, make you come back week after week after week, give you more hassle. Hey, it's your time...far as I know, time is money, at least for me.

3. You don't know who these people are who are churning out these firmware modifications. How do you know these things won't break your 360 with some bug or two that surfaces later on?

4. By supporting piracy, you become part of the problem. So these consoles break so easily (the truth is, all of them break, not just the 360. PS3 = BDL). We don't have anyone to turn to to have these things fixed. Why? Because the console makers don't want to support us here. Why? Because we support piracy. As far as these companies are concerned, they don't really need our market; we're the ones who have to show them that we're willing to support them. Are you waiting for the local government to do something about piracy? They can't even do anything for the other, more important problems that they should be fixing, so why are you waiting for them to solve piracy for us? You can make up your own mind to not support piracy; if you were able to support the PS3 and it's ridiculously overpriced original games, it should be easier to support the 360 and its relatively cheaper games.

5. There are already so many sources for cheaper games. You can buy games from surplus shops like HMR in Pioneer. You have the forums here with used, original games going for as low as 500 pesos or less. You can trade with other players. You can buy brand new Xbox 360 titles for 2,200 or even less depending on the game (available on our forums or in certain stores in Greenhills or even I-Tech in Market-Market). You can rent games from Gamehopper. The point being, why go with piracy and have the risk of 3RL overshadowing you on a daily basis, when you can just go with an untampered system and have a less risk of getting it, and just find other ways to get inexpensive games?

Anyway, the 360 is already a hardware defect prone machine, why go modified? If it breaks, there's no one else to blame but yourself, because you let someone else tamper with it. If you can afford PS3 original titles, why can't you buy Xbox 360 original titles? Because PS3 titles are made on blu-ray discs? That's a ridiculous justification if you ask me. The space barely makes the games better anyway, looking at all the multiplatform games that are out there, and the Xbox 360's games which are on the lesser-space DVDs equal (and in some cases) surpass its blu-ray counterparts.