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Xbox 360 Annoyance #016: Moving

I never thought I'd find myself writing one the Xbox 360 annoyance articles, and yet here we are. I was moving yesterday, and naturally I decided I should take my 360 with me. It's ironic that with the new generation of gaming we have lost some wires, but gained many others. Wires, so you know, are the bane of my existence -- as they are for many technology enthusiasts. If you want to enjoy your 360 properly -- i.e. high definition and surround sound -- you need to configure a lot of wires. Of course you have the video cables, in my case VGA, which requires an audio adapter to work on my TV. You have separate audio cables, optical if you want surround sound. And, of course, if you have surround sound, you have numerous cables to deal with to hook up your sound system, maybe even a separate receiver. Then you have your ethernet cable, which must be hooked into a router, which has its own set of cables to deal with. Even if you use the wireless adapter -- a hardcore gaming no-no -- you'll still have to deal with a router at some point.

It's easy enough to overlook these things the first time you pull your 360 out of its box, but it gets tedious when you move to a new place. Here's hoping someone finds a way to make the entire gaming experience wireless before the Xbox 720 arrives.

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1. [artielange]WWWAAAAAAaahhhhhhh![/artielange]

Posted at 10:52AM on Nov 29th 2006 by modeps

2. it's not just the 360 either obviously... they should've made that sensor bar on the wii wireless. the batteries would weigh it down enough to anchor it too without the need for the included adhesive.

Posted at 10:54AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Andy

3. use candles instead of the wii sensor bar

Posted at 11:03AM on Nov 29th 2006 by ThweeSiddy

4. This post doesn't make any sense.
I use VGA and a surround reciever and hooking up a 360 involved plugging the VGA cable into the tv, the optical cable into the reciever and the ethernet cable into the router, and obviously the power cable. We've lost a cable now that you just use one optical instead of white/red RCA

Posted at 11:13AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Enzo

5. what do you mean the wireless adaptor is a hardcore no-no?
I used to have a router and it was useless, it would rarely connect to Xbox Live. Now I've got the official one it does not need it's one mains adaptor so I've room for my wireless headset speaker, also it's got far stronger reception (it actually works downstairs this time!) and it connects immediately.

Posted at 11:25AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Ciaran

6. Why exactly is the wireless adapter a "hardcore gaming no-no?" I've been "hardcore gaming" with it with no problems since I got my 360. Or do you have a connection that outperforms the 54mbps 802.11g offers? I'm curious.

Posted at 11:29AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Tucker

7. The wireless adds a tiny amount of latency.

It's overblown. Honestly, the latency problems aren't wireless adapters, it's those idiots who leave bittorrent running when they hop into Insert Shooter Here.

I actually went and compared pings wireless vs wired and it's nothing.

However, if you're doing the audio/video streaming thing, you probably want to be wired.

Posted at 11:30AM on Nov 29th 2006 by J.Goodwin

8. About the wireless adapter:

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I always believe that a hardwired connection will outperform a wireless one. I'd be glad to be proven wrong though. I'll ditch any wires that I can.


I'm referring to *all* the cables that require set up, not just the 360's. If you want surround sound, you have to hook up all your sound system's cables as well. So, they're kind of lumped in with your 360 everytime you have to set it up.

Posted at 11:35AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Richard Mitchell

9. You should see my setup..... its uber.... but there are wires EVERYWHERE!

And anyway..... this would be the same with any console.... new or old. specialy if you have a very gd setup.

and also when you are moving......what aint a flipping hassle!?! moving your couch is more of a piss take... haha

i just recently has to wrestle a couch up my stairs in to my bedroom......... iv been waiting ages for a damn couch for my big screen :)

Posted at 11:36AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Keef

10. having too many wires is a Xbox 360 annoyance????? you could just simplify everything by using component video and composite stereo audio out, and don't hook it up to Xbox Live... then you only have 2 wires to deal with!!!

Posted at 11:37AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Aram

11. no doubt, I have an entertainment center and computer desk in the same corner, what a mess of cables and power supplies. Xbox, xbox 360, ps1, n64, atari 5200, ham radio, PC, mac, stereo, dvd, vhs, tv, audio mixer and on and on. I'm sure the fire martial would fine me if he saw my 'snake pit'. I moved myself a few months back and made an effort to keep it as organized as possible, but it didn't last long. I look forward tot he day when all connections like this are wireless.

Posted at 11:40AM on Nov 29th 2006 by MattyFyi

12. i agree with J.Goodwin, there is nothing wrong with wireless, and there is a tiny diffeance in ping times, but nothing that will screw with ya.

unless like J.Goodwin said, you are a moron n are downloading/uploading on your pc killing your connection while trying to play online....

or you are like a mile away from your wireless router....

Im not really close to my router but i can still easily stream HD content to my 360 no problem.

Posted at 11:47AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Keef

13. You going to put this under Wii and PS3 annoyances as well then?

Posted at 11:59AM on Nov 29th 2006 by Tob3z

14. HDMI can't replace all these cables fast enough -- but of course Microsft isn't helping here. Once (if?) you have HDMI output on your 360 and an HDMI surround sound receiver, at that point your cables are down to HDMI, power, and network. Assuming you don't have wireless network.

Posted at 12:06PM on Nov 29th 2006 by Jellodyne

15. ill take a wired ethernet connection over any wireless signal anyday...ESPECIALLY wireless G.

why? it is so very susceptable to interferance, it is rediculous. not reliable when online gaming...especially hosting.

i've seen wireless network devices loose connections completly everytime a microwave is turned on, for example. a cell phone rings.

just like with the un-reliable 360 wireless headset, there are far, far too many 2.4 ghz devices out there these days to make issues.

you're lucky if you don't have any IMO. OR perhaps you can afford to put further basestations/extenders in every room?

the day humans figure out wireless electricity, there may be hope for all our wireless needs. (and of course many less wires) at least something other than 2.4 ghz. :)

Posted at 12:09PM on Nov 29th 2006 by x cram x

16. Agreed, wired beats wireless hands down. Wired connections don't suffer from packet loss and interferance with other common household devices. Everytime the office phone rings, the router is blocked (yes, tell my boss to get a 5.8GHz phone) and even if the phone isn't ringing I lose connection at least 3 times a day to my laptop. Somedays my laptop won't even recognize the WPA encrypted signal and has to be rebooted. Overall, wireless is a pain in the @$$. Indeed it is a hardcore gaming no-no.

As for wireless electricity, all you need is a good Tesla coil, lol.

Posted at 12:24PM on Nov 29th 2006 by Spartacus

17. Streaming with wireless is a BIG HUMONGOUS no-no.

Also IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY. the probability of somebody to be heavy using your home network while you're playing on live is also big.

So, if you a a Hardcore 360 fanboy, you DO stream a lot of shit from your PC to you 360, so wireless is a no-no then.

Also for people who have that aged thing from the past called family network AND are hardcore 360 fanboys, wireless is a no-no.

But again, if you're a Halo 2 freak (a species that is NOT a HARDCORE 360 fanboy for sure) you'l know nothing about streaming or sharing a network with your family, so wireless adapter is NOT a no-no for you.


Posted at 12:56PM on Nov 29th 2006 by T Ghost

18. pffft, wireless power is so yesterday:

I want mind controlled virtual stimulus gaming. ;)

Posted at 1:13PM on Nov 29th 2006 by jc

19. T Ghost - I'm not sure that's quite right. From what I'm reading from the other commenters, you're going to experience lag if you're running bittorrent - wireless or wired.

Posted at 1:32PM on Nov 29th 2006 by JRock3x8 - 2o2p

20. this doesn't make any sense. Why are you singling out the 360, if anything this should eb filled under a next-gen annoyance.

Posted at 1:39PM on Nov 29th 2006 by njf

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