Microsoft’s Kinect blamed for ‘red ring of death’ Xbox 360 failures

“Owners of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console have blamed its new Kinect hands-free controller of causing their consoles to fail,” Melanie Abbott reports for BBC News.

“Console owners told the BBC that their machines crashed shortly after plugging in Kinect,” Abbott reports. “Microsoft has denied any link between Kinect and the three flashing light error signal, known as the ‘red ring of death.'”

Abbott reports, “Ten-year old Adam Winnifrith told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours he had only used his Xbox with the Kinect a couple of times before it failed. ‘We plugged it in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights. The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven’t been able to use it since.'”

Full article here.

Brian Crecente reports for Kotaku, “You just wrapped up another semester of college. What are you going to do to celebrate? Shoot up a dead Xbox 360 with semi-automatic rifles of course!”

“Ben Strauss sends [us] pics of the celebratory firing squad that both wrapped up another year at a local college near Kansas City and bid adieu to a red-ringed Xbox 360,” Crecente reports.

Full article, with photos, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Merry Christmas, suckers.

33 Comments

  1. “Microsoft has denied any link between Kinect and the three flashing light error signal, known as the ‘red ring of death.'”

    Good to know. So what DID cause it, Microsoft?

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