Those who bought launch and second gen Xbox 360 consoles remember the Red Ring of Death:
Well, now it’s Sony’s turn or rather–their fanboys. Until now, they took pleasure in sticking it to Xbox 360 Fanboys due to the 360’s imfamous RROD (Red Ring of Death), which rendered the 360 useless. To pour salt in the wound, Microsoft’s pisspoor customer service ensured few would be able to get their warranty-protected consoles fixed or replaced. Most just took it as a loss, of which the majority bought a PS3 (which at the time was $400) as a replacement for their dead 360.
I myself have had my 360 for two years now with no problems. Contrary to popular belief, we do know what the main cause of the RROD was: Overheating. This is ultimately what led to to the redesigned console below:
Of course, the new model wasn’t free of the RROD either but it was far less likely to happen on the new 360. Here’s two protips from the Best Buy clerk who sold me my 360 shared:
- DO NOT USE EXTERNAL COOLING UNITS. This actually forces the 360 to consume more energy to run the cooling unit, which in turn makes the 360 hotter, frying the motherboard and defeating the purpose of buying the cooling unit (it’s interesting to note stores quietly stopped selling them a few years ago for this reason).
- Place the 360 on a hard surface and keep the exhaust areas (top and bottrom if the console while vertical) CLEAR of obstruction. The internal cooling system built in is more than sufficient to keep the 360 cool when this protip is followed to the letter.
And of course turn off your 360 (or any other console for that matter) when you’re not using it. If you have something(s) in your download que don’t worry: The 360 will enter sleep mode and shut down after all downloads are completed. Since it’s in sleep mode it not only uses less power but the the download’s faster.
See, the problem is some gamers are like my brothers: They never turn off their consoles and/or leave it running non-stop for days and weeks at a time. Then when the console starts giving error messages they wonder why. I’d look the other way if we were talking about the consoles of the early 1990s but for the current (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS/3DS XL/2DS and Vita) and Previous Gens (PS3, 360, Wii, DS/DS Lite/DSi/DSi XL and PSP/PSP Go) it’s throwing money away prettymuch.
I’m not saying Sony and Microsoft don’t share some of the blame with the 360 and PS4 but as that article pointed ouly 4,000 of the 1,000,000 PS4s sold last Friday were effected. To their credit Sony is working on a fix for the PS4 and I’m sure Microsoft is double checking their Xbox One inventory to ensure they don’t have a repeat of what happened with the 360. Speaking of which, the Xbox One will be released this Friday.
As a reminder, I am not getting the PS4 or the Xbox One. I didn’t buy my 360 until 2011 so…yeah. I’m sure I will get the Xbox One in a few years but for now, I’m adopting a policy several gamers online follow: NEVER buy launch consoles. There is logic in waiting a year or two before buying the new console. For one, by then there’ll (hopefully) be alot of games to chose from (The exception being the Vita for some odd reason >.>;). Second, all the bugs, exploits and updates are gone by then and more likely, Sony/Microsoft are unveiling a reduced price version of their console. They did it with the PS3/360, after all!