Microsoft only launched the Xbox Live Video Marketplace at the start of the week and yet already the service is having a whole heap of troubles.
The new Video Marketplace, which lets users download standard definition and high definition movies from an expanding library of available content has been praised for thoughtfully giving different price points for SD and HD content. No amount of content choosing can make up for some of the reported bugs though, which have even effected some of us in the office.
The system should let Xbox Live users download movies for 14 days, though they have only 24 hours to watch them from when the file is first played. It isn't going all that smoothly though - reported issues include downloads which don't complete, slow file transfers, error messages and even downloading the wrong files. Yes, you could purchase 300
for yourself, only to end up sat down watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- oh, the horror!
The bugs have all been confirmed
with Microsoft and the Xbox Live support team is on the ball, pledging to get all the kinks ironed out as soon as possible.
The most frustrating thing that we've found is that the system will take your Microsoft Points as soon as the download starts, regardless of whether or not it completes successfully. Thanks, Bill.
Ah well, at least it isn't all bad - The Dishwasher
will be available soon, an uber-violent indie game made by game designer and bit-tech
columnist Jim Silva. You can read his latest column about how he got started as a professional game-maker
while you wait for your films to download!
Have you had any trouble with the system or is Xbox Live an entirely new concept to you? Either way, drop us your thoughts in the forums