We’ve ran a few stories
here on DailyTech about our very own Xbox 360’s
getting the dreaded
Red Ring of Death – the sign of a hardware failure
within the console. We know we’re not alone either, as the Xbox 360 seems to be
one of the more fragile pieces of electronic kit that we’ve had recent
Our luck with just a failed Xbox 360 or two is nothing
compared to what Justin Lowe has gone through, however, who is currently on his
twelfth console. Yes, that’s right, a dozen Xbox 360s. Thankfully for him, his
console(s) is under warranty, though that is little consolation for the fact
that he’s had to deal with weeks without an Xbox 360 every time it bites the
Lowe shared his story with members of online communities and
forums, and now tells his
story in a 1UP feature. After his
third Xbox 360 broke, Microsoft suggested to Justin that he look into the
electrical wiring in his house. Even though Justin’s father is an electrician,
he hired a contractor to confirm that all was good in his environment.
Microsoft suggested that Justin look into possible electrical problems again
after his eighth console.
While some may point to Microsoft’s practice of sending out
refurbished consoles as a possible reason why he has gone through such a high
number of consoles, Justin was able to get Microsoft to send him brand-new
units. Still, same result with the unit, new or old, lasting just a month or
Though the tale of Justin and his 11 broken machines may be
stuff of legend, the common gamer seems to have no problem amassing a few slain
Xbox 360s. More and more evidence points to an abnormally high failure rate of
Microsoft’s latest console.
quote: But change to a 15% FR, and the chances would be 1 in a billion.
quote: by psypher on June 27, 2007 at 6:50 AMI don't know... at 11 consoles, I think that Microsoft should suggest "User Error" as a reason for them breaking...