Check if Your 360 Will Die in One Easy Step

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Granted, there is no magical way to tell whether or not you are one of the alleged 30% of Xbox 360 owners who will suffer the red rings of death. But there is an easy way to check if your unit shipped with the new heatsink Microsoft has added to later units—a feature that we're guessing gives you a much higher chance of survival.

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Illustration for article titled Check if Your 360 Will Die in One Easy Step

Stick your camera up to the power button side of you Xbox and take a picture with flash. If you see a heatsink (a pile of darkness), good. If you see an empty space and a DVD drive (like in this picture), bad...and your days are probably numbered, my friend. [benheck via kotaku]

DISCUSSION

@pupaboy: That is actually bad, yesterday i played with my ps2 (the first version) for 8 straight hours, at the end the damn thing wasnt even warm and its been 5 years since i bought that thing.

Microsoft really need to focus on the quality of their products.