Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Months ago, Microsoft admitted Xbox 360's unusually high failure rate, characterized by the famous Xbox 360 Red Ring Of Death (RROD), and allocated 1 billion dollars to fix it, but it doesn't seem that the problem is over yet.

According to professional electronics and appliances warranty company SquareTrade analysis, Xbox 360 currently has a 16.4% normal-use failure rate.

This number indicates a huge improvement over the 33% failure rate which was estimated a year ago, but is not yet near acceptable. For comparison, Playstation 3 "hovers in the 3% range for hardware failures".

RROD accounts for 60% of all Xbox 360 failures and it is covered by an extended 3 years warranty. The other 40% are limited to the standard 90-day warranty. Microsoft charges $99 to fix any non-Three Red Lights issue, with a reported turnaround time of 21 days.

Disk read errors account for nearly half of all non-TRL claims. Other problems which showed up often included fried video cards, hardware freezes, on/off failures and, interestingly, disc tray malfunctions that also tend to damage game discs.

Funny enough, an Xbox 360 console succumbed to RROD in Microsoft's XNA area at the Game Developers Conference.

The console was videoed by BBC technology editor Darren Waters, who had this to say :
"Microsoft wants consumers to believe that its problems with the Xbox 360 console in terms of hardware failure are over. But wandering through the Game Developers Conference halls and it's clear that the problem persists".

"On Microsoft's own stand at the show one of the demo consoles has a rather familiar problem - the red ring of death. There's no way of knowing if this particular console was manufactured before or after Microsoft identified the problems with the machines".

"But at the very least it's embarrassing for the company that its own stock of demo machines is still susceptible to the problem".

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Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

I think it's already safe to say hardware problems cost MS this generation in the console war.It's a sad day when pc gaming is taking the lead on consoles in the field of ease of use. Why buy a console when a pc will never put you through hassles like 30 minute installs and constant RROD's?

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

You guys are morons "finished". They still destroy the ps3 and wii in attachment rates. 13 of the 20 top selling games of 07 are on 360. Who's finished?Do fanboys like you ever stop to actually look at the market, my god you're like the muslims of video games. Go blow yourselves up for a ps3 because Sony said so....f**king sheep.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Embarrassing? Not really, anyone remember the showcase for the Windows 95 launch when it was supposed to "automatically detect the scanner, and install the correct drivers" and what happened instead was Blue Screen of Death, on live tv.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

ms sells low quality goods, both software and hardware, thats FACT and IT WONT CHANGE. Sony doesnt give a crap about the customer base, that also WONT CHANGE. So quit b***hing and arguing about things that are etched in stone guys.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

I'd just like to point out, if you can update the article, that the standard Microsoft Xbox 360 warranty is now 1 year instead of the initial 90-days which was provided with the console. So 1 year covers all problems, 3 years red ring of death.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Moltdarat 17:23 19/2/2008..It always was 1 year in the uk and i think europe too seeing as in the uk it is law that all electrical hardware has at LEAST 1 year warranty.Consumer protection doesnt allow us here to be fvcked over by the likes of microshaft.However the pile of sh!t will still break after that warranty is up and some idiots will go out and buy another one and thereby say to microshaft, "hey its ok to make crap that breaks all the time, i will still buy it"

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

xbox lost what war? oh please. DVD vs blue ray i guess. yeah DVD not HDDVD. But as far as games go, Xbox still has the most, still has the best as it has the biggest hardcore gaming audience there. Plz dont get me wrong. Time for em to go for 45 nm and improve their architecture but the overpaid blue ray player is only good for that.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Yeah by brothers 360 crapped out about a month ago because of the red eye of sauron.Why dont they just use better materials in their soldering?Bill Gates or Willy Wonka or whoever is in charge needs to start fixing their s**t quick or sales will drop.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

ur an embarrassment 2 ur religion. as far as i'm concerned, there's no religion in this world that tells us 2 condemn other religions. if u want 2 be respected u got 2 respect others. besides, there's no religion that's free of evil.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Jesus is rolling right by my side, ya dig? he carries me when I'm fallen and picks me up when I'm down. if not we walk side by side. i don't follow the Islam/Muslim religion because i am disgusted of what i see on t.v. Does Allah really grant you 70 w.t.v. virgins when you get to his gates, probably not, but ask the kamikazes if you don't believe me.Micro$haft >>>>> Gr0any

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

Other then a select few people(you know who you are), you're all a bunch of fan-boys that don't deserve the consoles you play on. And fighting about religion in an article about the Xbox 360? That's just shameful. Find something better to do with your lives.

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

What we should do with you boys (when I mean boys, I mean males that have no hair on their balls and are waiting patiently beside their consoles for puberty to hit them like how their bullies do at school) is round u guys up and have you fight to the death to see which one wins and therefore, which console wins. The beauty of it is that your arrogant enough to do it (because your a special breed of people) and we (the normal people who don't talk about religion in a video game forum) will have one less jack a$$ to listen to. Can I get an Amen? or at least a high five?

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

To John Travolta and jaypee, as a fellow Christian, I am disgusted at the both of you. The Lord loves us all! Jesus loves us all! Not just Christians, even Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and people of other religions. If he can love them, who are you to hate them?

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

come over to my house, load all my 40 X-box 360 games which i legitimately purchased as well as my 360, find a problem then bow down to me. I work harder than 95% if not 99% of the people that post here. At Anonymous 3:16... explain to me how you love a kamikaze?Let us not get into a religion war, cause no religion is > than the next if we're here on earth right now.The 360 ain't perfect, but a Red Rind Of Death can be repaired by bringing your console back to the store you purchased it.Wait let me go out and purchase a PS3 today and use it for 1 single purpose, A Blue Ray DRIVE WOW!!!Installing games on the PS3 L.M.F.A.O!!How many people on this board actually purchased a PS3 with their own money?How many games have you legitimately purchased for your PS3 with your own money?Get a job and get off your asses.Peace

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

I bought ps3 an ps3 games for my own money lol only for blue ray ? it has already more or equal games to xbox 359 if you have a Viva Pinata game as a top game wtf ? yeah thats the game its worth buying so stfup about ps3 if you have a s**t bio shock or good ( I have to admit) gears of war they can be bought purchased on my PC so get a clue theres more better games on ps3!!! and lets not forget that xbox 360 is so weak its already hacked not like ps3 !!!

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

who really cares if the 360 has been hacked or not. The games have not been able to be duplicated and run without the console being modified internally.The PS1 has been modified as well as PS2.... who wants to go out and duplicate a blue-ray disc? Your looking at what..... 25 gigs a game. Do you have the bandwidth to get any game you want on demand or even a movie for that matter? I don't know the answer because i have not downloaded any type of blue ray disc. I do not own a blue ray burner as well. You will have to purchase a blue-ray burner in order to duplicate the games after as well as paying for its discs which i am sure cost a pretty penny.The PS3 is a better console because of processing power as well as graphically.In my personal opinion I see Microsoft and Sony both going in the wrong direction for consoles as well as gaming. It seems Nintendo did the right thing by creating the W.i.i. Hopefully their next console will bring about even brighter possibilities. Who really wants to pay 79.99 for a game you can beat in 10 hours and less anyways?My 2 cents, and for the record, I am just collecting 360 games as well as keeping my elite console in tiptop shape so i can get a better resale value :P

Xbox 360 RROD Strikes Again

to anonymous at 3:16:that's what people should be thinking right now. if every single religion in this world don't hate each other, there'll be peace in this world and gamers from all religions can enjoy whichever console they like (in my case, an xbox 360).

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