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Microsoft Dumps Red Ring of Death From New Xbox 360

Gordon Kelly


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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