Microsoft: Nobody bought faceplates
Posted: 16.12.2010 13:21 by Comments: 7
If you're wondering why there are no longer any face plates in your local videogame retailer, it's simple - Microsoft discontinued them because no one was buying them.

There was a large range of first and third party faceplates during the first few years, including "collector" plates, and one company even specialized in personalized faceplates. However, Microsoft found that no one was taking advantage of the service.

Microsoft global marketeer Albert Penello stated in an interview, "The idea wasn't bad. People used to put faceplates on their cell phones. Rewind five years, faceplates were what everybody wanted to do. It turned out nobody bought it. So (we stopped) making them. We killed that one pretty quickly."

The main issue was that unlike cell phone faceplates, Xbox 360 faceplates were difficult to install, and when you had to send them back to be repaired, you had to remove them and put the original faceplates back on.

Some third party manufacturers still make old 360 faceplates, while sticker-based versions are available for the slimline 360's, such as Gelaskins.
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By noobst3R (SI Core) on Dec 16, 2010
Paying 10€ for something that doesn't fit at all with the rest of the console.. If they actually made it possible to replace the whole shell, or hell, even give huge stickers for the side with it.
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Dec 16, 2010
If you can't change the hole outside of the Xbox its useless to change only the slim part of it it looks like it was made from scrap pieces of an other Xbox, Sony made a nice thing with the PSP faces and the elegant design of the PS3 soo why cant Microsoft do something like that.
By hellweed (SI Core Member) on Dec 16, 2010
Maybe next time microsoft should think 10 times before they charge too much for piece of plastic. Idea od faceplate is fantastic but microsoft screwed it.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Dec 17, 2010
I'm surprised they even made this in the first place. XD
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Dec 21, 2010
Poor Microsoft.....NOT :p
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jan 31, 2011
I don't see the attraction...
By devel (SI Elite) on Jan 31, 2011
I still have a rise of the Argonauts one ahah no Xbox though...