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Microsoft rolls out first Xbox 360 update in two years

By midian182 · 7 replies
May 28, 2018
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  1. Most fans of Microsoft’s consoles moved from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One a long time ago, but that hasn’t stopped the company from supporting the last-gen machine, which was released way back in 2005. Now, Microsoft has rolled out the old console’s first software update in two years.

    After moving 84 million units during its run, the Xbox 360 is one of the best-selling home consoles of all time. But the 2013 release of the Xbox One and the arrival of the Xbox One X in 2017 means its popularity as a games machine has faded in recent years, especially as the Xbox One has a backward compatibility feature for Xbox 360 games.

    So, it comes a bit of a surprise to learn that Microsoft recently released a software update for the Xbox 360. There are no specific detail about what it does, other than bringing “Minor bug fixes and improvements.”

    The last time the Xbox 360 received an update before last week was in March 2016. That patch, which also brought bug fixes and improvements, came about a month before Microsoft announced it was ceasing production of new Xbox 360 consoles—though it did say it would continue to support the machine with Xbox Live, Marketplace features, updates, etc.

    For those who do still enjoy the occasional bit of retro gaming on the Xbox 360, the update will be a welcome piece of news. While it had been two years since Microsoft pushed out the previous update, Sony and Nintendo rolled out fixes for their previous-gen machines just last year. The PS3 got an update in November 2017, and the Wii U received its most recent patch during July 2017.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,533   +1,530

    Not so sure about MS, but I know other companies generally do this more to keep the jailbreakers on their toes... anyone upgrading their firmware will now have to wait a bit before running their illegal games...
     
  3. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Addict Posts: 157   +73

    "Seems some people still use the last-gen console"

    Yup. I still play my 360, my Dreamcast, Saturn, Amiga, Neo Geo, you name it.
     
  4. thews86

    thews86 TS Booster Posts: 42   +42

    I hope what you are saying is true, last time I logged on my 360 I played BO1 and MW3 for nostalgic reasons and the lobbies were flooded with cheaters and modders, my rank was even reset because someone didn't like me.
     
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,533   +1,530

    I doubt it will have much of an impact on cheating - although one can only hope....
     
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,652   +318

    It's the update that kills the 360, to force users to get a newer console.

    I'd have upgraded to a One if it was compatible with the 360's Kinect games.
     
  7. Roush60

    Roush60 TS Rookie Posts: 23   +13

    In my house, my younger son's game systems do not have internet connectivity as what we do have is REALLY slow. I recently did connect his 360 to one of our internet modem's ethernet ports to down load what ever updates were available. BTW, this was the first time it had been connected since it was bought. It took close to 4 hours at 3 Mb to download all the updates. Fortunately, I had a 100 foot ethernet patch cable on hand to do it. Eventually I will have to replace the old 32 inch tube model tv it is hooked up to. I am sure my son will appreciate the move to HD TV to play the games.
     
  8. Roush60

    Roush60 TS Rookie Posts: 23   +13

    I just updated my son's 360 for the first time ever since purchase, Dec 2009. It does not have a regular internet connection full time so I ran a 100 foot patch cable to it from our internet modem. He has not noticed any issues with the updates that I know of.
     

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