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Microsoft Dumps Red Ring of Death From New Xbox 360

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Microsoft Dumps Red Ring of Death From New Xbox 360

Here's an interesting aside from the new Xbox 360 launch: Microsoft has done away with the infamous 'Red Ring of Death' or RRoD as it has become known. The new console continues to show a green ring when working well, but should the worst happen then users will now be greeted by the 'red dot of death' (RDoD?)

"If you look at the success rate of the original 360s {or lack of}, we're very proud of both the way the company stepped up to support the customers that we had as well as the success rate we have with the box today," said Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer. "I think we've learned a lot. That learning has gone into the development of this box."

Obviously this is somewhat playful news, but it does make sense given the RRoD farce that greeted early Xbox 360s where failure rates once stretched as high as 54 per cent. That said the new models should be rock solid given jump to a 45nm integrated CPU and GPU chipset, reduced power consumption and lower noise levels.

In fact geeks supreme Anandtech (we're cool geeks) have put the new model to the test and found power consumption has dropped from 2-2.3W on previous models to just 0.6W while in games there are 30-50 per cent savings. It is also described as "noticeably quieter" in operation though the disc drive only drops from 54dBA to 51dBA, so best keep installing those games - especially with the new larger 250GB HDD.




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June 18, 2010, 10:25 pm

"...and found power consumption has dropped from 2-2.3W on previous models to just 0.6W..."

That'd be the power consumption while the Xbox is (nominally) off. This is in line with EU regulations on maximum standby power draw which are set to be reduced in 2012. (The system works.)

What surprised me most is the small difference between idle and in game power draw: 70 W vs 90 W for the current revision. The difference is usually much larger for computer; while 70 W seems awfully high for idle. I guess an idle Xbox isn't idle in the same sense as a PC.


June 19, 2010, 12:59 am

Looking back at TR's first Xbox 360 review (by Riyad) I hadn't realised this console was released five years ago. It doesn't seem that long, and that's a long time in console years. I wonder how much longer before the current generation get refreshed? Anyway, looking forward to TR's review of the new Xbox 360 (slim?).


June 19, 2010, 1:56 am

How is trading up to the terrifying red pupil of the T-101 any better?


June 20, 2010, 3:48 am

I never got round to saying this in the earlier news announcements but man that thing is ugly. Microsoft have been releasing some fairly attractive looking peripherals recently but their designers seemed to have had a day off with this.


June 20, 2010, 8:36 pm

@GoldenGuy - not better, just different. Not surprised Microsoft made the change in order to kill the Red Ring of Death phrase though...


June 21, 2010, 5:27 pm

@Pbryanw - Im sure it was Sony who said they wouldnt announce a new system until 2012, release some time after but with a view of the PS3 being around until 2015. Pretty much safe to say that MS will be following a similar model. Personally Id put a wee wager on a new console announcement being made in 2011 with a release early 2013.

I'm not Microsoft bashing here but I've decided that I don't care what the new 360 looks like. Or sounds like. Or it's power consumption. Afer 2 fatal breakdowns of my machines and those of several friends and my brothers they've lost my confidence. I reckon I must know of at least 10 360s that have broken down - several of which outside of the warranty and the extended RROD warranty.

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