Red Ring of Death

  • Survey shocker: 75 percent of respondents' Xbox 360s died within 18 months of purchase

    Look at CNET, breaking news left and right. The site ran a little survey asking its UK readers how many times their video game consoles crashed. No surprise: the Xbox 360 leads the pack with a full 60 percent of heaving died (due to the red ring of death). The PS3 comes in at 16 percent (yellow light of death?), and the Wii is only 6 percent. Read More

  • Oh great, my Xbox 360 is flirting with the red ring of death

    What a day. First Barnes & Noble is a jerk to me, then I get the red ring of death. Oh, and Sirius XM may be going under. Isn’t everything just peachy? Read More

  • What happens if the Xbox 360 NXE causes RROD?

    Flickr’d You know the upcoming New Xbox Experience that has so many people excited for some reason? Turns out that Microsoft call centers are bracing themselves for NXE-induced red rings of death. So while you’re gaining a [fancy?] new user interface you may also be losing an Xbox 360. Fun! It’s like this: Microsoft is afraid that its Frankenstein of a machine may have… Read More

  • 60GB Xbox 360 takes steps to eliminate red ring of death

    The honorable Benheck has graciously torn apart one of the new 60GB Xbox 360s for us, and its innards are sorta blah, but there’s at least one important change going on. Microsoft appears to have removed the bottom memory chips so as to prevent the overheating that leads to the red ring of death. We can assume, then, the the memory chips on top have doubled in capacity. Other than… Read More

  • Microsoft doesn't think Xbox 360 brand loyalty affected because of red ring of death

    Flickr’d What number Xbox 360 are you on? I’m on number two—thanks red ring of death!—but apparently Microsoft thinks I’m cool with that. In an interview, the head of Microsoft’s entertainment division said Microsoft’s data shows people still show a brand loyalty to the Xbox 360 despite being on their second or third console. It speaks to the fact… Read More

  • Red Ring of Death? Fix it yourself, void your warranty I keep waiting for the day when my Xbox 360 throws me the Red Ring of Death, cringing at the thought of having to call Microsoft, wait on hold, box up my console, and wait forever for it to get returned. Even though the above video tutorial likely voids your warranty, I’d much rather fix my Xbox 360 myself… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Picture of the red ring of death repair kit from Team Xecuter

    [photopress:360repairkitpic.jpg,full,center] We now have the first photo of Team Xectuer’s red ring of death repair kit. I can’t tell what’s inside the bubble wrap, but I trust that, whatever it is, it’ll work. After all, the X2 Pro modchip, also from Team Xecuter, brought me a solid two years of enjoyment. The kit is shipping now to stores like Divineo and… Read More

  • Percentage breakdown of Xbox 360 hardware problems

    Flickr’d Here’s more details on the Xbox 360‘s failure rate. Because few things are as fun as kicking a man (or a video game console) when he’s down. SquareTrade, which is an independent warranty company, says that it tracked a sample of 57 Cores, 956 Premiums and 27 Elites, or 1,040 in all. Sixty percent of the 171 that had… Read More

  • Xbox 360 gets RROD at Game Developers Conference Here’s a Microsoft-owned Xbox 360 at the San Francisco Game Developers Conference that’s supposed to be demonstrating… Read More

  • Next motherboard revisions of Xbox 360 will have 65 nm CPU, GPU

    [photopress:opus.jpg,full,center] The next two Xbox 360 motherboard revisions will be called Opus and Valhalla. Quick, somebody call CNN! Wanton speculation points to Valhalla being the final motherboard revision for the Xbox 360, though that depends on the further success of the console and what Microsoft has in store for the next generation Xbox. (Keep in mind the Xbox 360 will be three… Read More

  • Xbox 360 red ring of death repair kit from Team Xecuter

    Flickr’d Team Xecuter, whose X2 Pro modchip I used on my Xbox1 back in the day, appears to have developed a kit that fixes red ring of death-affected Xbox 360s. The kit, which costs $12.95, includes all the necessary Torx screws to open your console. The kit was developed by an Xecuter member whose 360 rrod’d on him recently. Rather than send it… Read More

  • DRM cripples 'repaired' Xbox 360, can no longer access paid for content

    Flickr’d Microsoft, DRM and the non-working Xbox 360. It’s like a Tom Clancy novel. A Kotaku patron, Kevin, has his Xbox 360 red ring of death on him last November. Fair enough, it happens. So he contacted Microsoft, which then arranged for his console to be repaired. A little while later a repaired Xbox 360 arrived in the mail. Read More

  • Alleged MS source airs info about Xbox 360 problems

    The other day, I turned on my Xbox 360 to the red ring of death — or so I thought. It turned out to just be the one-quarter-but-not-full red ring of not-death. I was scared but after rebooting, everything was fine. Crisis averted. For a brief moment, though, I thought that I had joined the legions of Xbox 360 owners that have turned on their systems to the real-deal blinking red ring. Read More

  • A friend helps out when times are tough, or when Xbox 360s expire

    A real friend is someone who’s there in a time of need. If you have someone close to you that has an Earth-shattering loss, like that of their beloved Xbox 360, it is your job, as a friend, to cheer them up. This greeting card from bsangel can help. After that, you should offer sexual favors and vodka. Those are red crystals representing the dreaded Red Ring of Death many (many, many… Read More