Xbox 360 Chat - Useless (because the answers were lagged)

by: John -
- Updated 3:32 - So I'm sitting in the chat room with the Xbox folks and seven questions have been asked so far. And none of have been answered. The session was started about 10 minutes late and so far there's been no talk from Allard except to ask how we were doing. Let's just say that this chat session to help clear things up is not doing any good so far and if we don't get answers soon then you can be sure this compounds the negativity on the Xbox 360.

-Updated 3:49 - Three more questions came in and still no answers. At the height of the chat, there were 1850+ people. Now the queue is down to 1638. Talk about a good plan gone bad here.



- Update 4:00 - Well that was a waste of time. My chat session failed about 5 minutes ago and now I am getting an Operation failed when trying to log back in. In that hour or so we got no answers and many of the people in the session were unhappy with the process.

- Updated 4:08 - It seems one question has been answered but I can't get back in to continue the chat session. For the latest up to date information, I suggest going to Major Nelson's blog about the chat. You should be able to get the goods as it comes in. Too bad it took an hour to get the first question answered. You can read about my thoughts on the whole price announcement fiasco here.

-Updated 5:09 - It seems Allard did answer all the questions but because of the lag, none of them got to the screens of most people. I have to say I disagree with this one :
J Allard (Expert):
Q: My question: Can Microsoft guarantee that the HDD will be fully uitilised when present or are we going to see long load times with a slow DVD unit as standard from most developers.
A: just like last generation utilization of things like xbox live and the hard drive will be up to the game designers and just like last time we expect game developers to be excited by this. we have been in clear communication for more than a year that some scenarios will include a disconnected hard drive and it has not slowed them down
The problem is the hard drive is in ALL Xbox devices so developers knew that they could depend on it being there. With the 360, there's going to be a question and because of that and needing a game to work on the most basic configuration of the console (one being without an HDD), developers aren't likely going to fully utilize the device. Of course it won't slow them down, they'll just pass over the HDD option.
- Updated 3:32 - So I'm sitting in the chat room with the Xbox folks and seven questions have been asked so far. And none of have been answered. The session was started about 10 minutes late and so far there's been no talk from Allard except to ask how we were doing. Let's just say that this chat session to help clear things up is not doing any good so far and if we don't get answers soon then you can be sure this compounds the negativity on the Xbox 360.

-Updated 3:49 - Three more questions came in and still no answers. At the height of the chat, there were 1850+ people. Now the queue is down to 1638. Talk about a good plan gone bad here.



- Update 4:00 - Well that was a waste of time. My chat session failed about 5 minutes ago and now I am getting an Operation failed when trying to log back in. In that hour or so we got no answers and many of the people in the session were unhappy with the process.

- Updated 4:08 - It seems one question has been answered but I can't get back in to continue the chat session. For the latest up to date information, I suggest going to Major Nelson's blog about the chat. You should be able to get the goods as it comes in. Too bad it took an hour to get the first question answered. You can read about my thoughts on the whole price announcement fiasco here.

-Updated 5:09 - It seems Allard did answer all the questions but because of the lag, none of them got to the screens of most people. I have to say I disagree with this one :
J Allard (Expert):
Q: My question: Can Microsoft guarantee that the HDD will be fully uitilised when present or are we going to see long load times with a slow DVD unit as standard from most developers.
A: just like last generation utilization of things like xbox live and the hard drive will be up to the game designers and just like last time we expect game developers to be excited by this. we have been in clear communication for more than a year that some scenarios will include a disconnected hard drive and it has not slowed them down
The problem is the hard drive is in ALL Xbox devices so developers knew that they could depend on it being there. With the 360, there's going to be a question and because of that and needing a game to work on the most basic configuration of the console (one being without an HDD), developers aren't likely going to fully utilize the device. Of course it won't slow them down, they'll just pass over the HDD option.
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