After Four Years, Has Microsoft Finally Solved the Xbox RRoD Problem?

Hey guys, have you heard? Xbox 360s die, horribly, almost without fail. In the wake of some devastatingly terrible survey results—54% failure rate terrible—a third-party warranty company is saying that RRoD troubles are on the wane. » 9/02/09 12:20pm 9/02/09 12:20pm

A Call for Revolution Against Beta Culture

I'm tired of this. This sense of permanent discomfort with the technology around me. The bugs. The compromises. The firmware upgrades. The "This will work in the next version." The "It's in our roadmap." The "Buy now and upgrade later." The patches. The new low development standards that make technology fail because it… » 11/21/08 11:20am 11/21/08 11:20am

QOTD: How Many Times Has Your Xbox 360 Gone Down With a RRoD?

Earlier this month we learned that a California man has decided to sue Microsoft over RRoD issues » 10/30/08 5:00pm 10/30/08 5:00pm claiming that the company knew around 50% of the consoles shipped were defective (some claim the figure .) As you know, Microsoft extended their warranty plan at great expense to help cover their ass, but having to send…

Microsoft Sued Over Xbox 360 RROD Issues

Someone looking to make a quick buck has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft at the Sacramento County Superior Court claiming that an excessive number of Xbox 360s have fallen victim to the dreaded "red ring of death" (and that Microsoft covered up the issue to stay afloat in the console wars with Sony and Nintendo). In… » 10/16/08 6:10pm 10/16/08 6:10pm

The Shocking Inside Story of the Epic Defects That Killed Millions of…

Dean Takahashi, one of the most respected tech journos around, spent years putting together this mind-blowing expose » 9/06/08 3:00pm 9/06/08 3:00pm that reveals the truly epic scale of the problems that lead to . It really is one of the most stunning flustercucks in gaming history. According to his account, Microsoft willfully ignored deep,…

XCM Xbox 360 Casemod Glows Whether Console is Overheating or Not

Irresistible Xbox 360 red ring of death heatsink jokes aside, this glow-in-the-dark replacement shell from XCM is the bee's knees for gamers who like to do it in the dark. Even with the lights on the case is still pretty cool, as it sports a semi-translucent look, allowing onlookers to marvel at the melting electronics … » 5/25/08 2:00pm 5/25/08 2:00pm

Ulysses Spacecraft Dying Alone in Space

The Ulysses spacecraft, which was launched way back in 1990, has been visiting the planets of the solar system for some 17-years, but now the Ulysses looks like it is doomed. A critical error has occurred in the mechanism that prevents the fuel from freezing, and that means the Ulysses is soon to be heading to… » 2/23/08 5:23pm 2/23/08 5:23pm

New Xbox 360 Failure Rates Still Around 10 Percent?

Site 8bitjoystick, the same people who seem to have broken the news that Bungie was splitting from Microsoft, claim to have scored an exclusive tell-all interview with an Xbox 360 designer regarding the console's notorious stability. Most of the piece really just confirms that which was already suspected (reasons for… » 1/19/08 4:22pm 1/19/08 4:22pm

Gates: Xbox 360 "Will Be Most Reliable Video Game Box"

The Xbox 360 has, quite fairly, earned the reputation of being an unreliable console. Microsoft has acknowledged these reliability issues by extending warranties but, as Bill Gates has recently gone on the record to say, warranty support isn't enough and Microsoft is aiming to make the Xbox 360 more reliable than its… » 1/13/08 1:30pm 1/13/08 1:30pm