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Bill Gates says Xbox 360 reliability will go from zero to hero

For the current generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox 360 has several reputations. On the positive side, the Xbox 360 is the undisputed leader of online service and multiplayer, but on the negative side, it also holds a track record of being fairly unreliable.

At one point, up to one-third of all Xbox 360 consoles experienced the hardware failure popularly known as the Red Ring of Death, which rendered the console unusable.

In response to the apparent hardware design flaw, Microsoft in June 2007 introduced a revised cooling design with heatpipe and heatsink to cool the GPU. New “Falcon” hardware that would include 65nm chip technology, which was later found to apply only to the CPU, landed in stores last Fall. Hardware to integrate a 65nm GPU, codenamed “Jasper,” isn’t due until this August.

While many from Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division have spoken on the Xbox 360’s reliability record, Bill Gates was mostly removed from commenting on the issue – until now. Speaking in a BBC Video interview, Gates revealed that it’s now Microsoft’s goal to make the Xbox 360 “the most reliable” console on the market.

“Well, we certainly had to apologize to our uses about a number of boxes that had to be replaced,” said Gates. “We did that for free for all of those people, we've gotten a lot of positive feedback about the way we handled it.”

“We've got incredible reliability on the new work we've done,” he continued. “Our commitment is that it will be the most reliable video game box out there. People really love the Xbox because of the content, but we've got to make sure that the hardware never stands in the way of that.”

To cover owners of older Xbox 360 hardware that may still be vulnerable to the Red Ring of Death, Microsoft in July 2007 extended its warranty to cover the specific hardware failure for three years from purchase.



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By alifbaa on 1/13/2008 11:12:24 AM , Rating: 4
I know I haven't bought a 360 because of the reliability issues. I'm going to wait until I can get one with 65nm video before I'll even consider it.

It seems to me this generation's consoles have been terribly executed. The Wii is truly revolutionary if you can find one. The 360 may or may not work for you. The PS3 is extremely capable, but to the point that it isn't affordable.

Where is the good option?


By jadedeath on 1/13/2008 8:20:53 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, if you can get lucky enough to find a Wii it's amazing amounts of fun.

But with the price drop of the PS3 it's the same price as the 360 was a little while ago, and with Blu-Ray winning that war it just doubles up as a game player/Blu-Ray player.

Logan


By Alexvrb on 1/14/2008 11:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
Do you read anandtech, or just dailytech? Read this article, people.

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3152&p=5

People keep acting as though somehow the 360 won't play the same games if it doesn't have a 65nm GPU. However, to make you feel all fuzzy inside, here's a fact. All three chips already shrunk. I don't know what node they're produced in, but they're smaller, cooler, and more power efficient.


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