Infamous 'Red Ring of Death' replaced with 'Red Dot of Death' on new Xbox – Yahoo! News

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Infamous 'Red Ring of Death' replaced with 'Red Dot of Death' on new Xbox – Yahoo! News

You’ll never see the dreaded “Red Ring of Death” — the flashing red rings that denote a system failure — again if you buy the new, slimmed-down version of the Xbox 360. That said, there’s always a chance you’ll see a telltale “Red Dot of Death” instead.

Kotaku reports that the new, jet-black Xbox 360 (which should be arriving in stores any day now) still has the green “ring of light” circling the console’s power button. But unlike the older, infamously glitchy Xbox models, the green ring on the new 360 won’t turn red when things go awry.

Instead, you’ll see a little red dot — which, of course, the bloggers at Kotaku instantly dubbed the “Red Dot of Death.” (A commenter on the site also posted a picture of HAL 9000, complete with his glaring red “eye,” from “2001.”)

That said, Xbox gamers — myself included — are hoping that sightings of the new red dot will be few and far between.

As Kotaku points out, the Xbox 360 has gradually gotten more reliable over the past few years thanks to a series of new and improved processors, and as AnandTech found in its teardown of the “Slim,” the latest Xbox benefits from a single-chip design, a new “heat spreader,” and those cool-looking air vents on the sides.

Hopefully, all those improvements will add up to a console that’s less likely to overheat, freeze up, and require an extended stay at an Xbox service center.

The Xbox has a long, troubled history when it comes to reliability. The 360 arrived in stores in November 2005, beating the PlayStation 3 and the Wii to market by a year, but angry gamers were soon flooding Redmond with complaints about frozen, “ringed” consoles. Microsoft ultimately apologized and expanded the Xbox 360′s warranty to a full three years, at a cost of more than $1 billion.

Personally, I’ve had not one, not two, but three Xbox consoles stricken by the “Red Ring of Death,” and I’d be happy never to see one again. Fingers crossed that we don’t see many “Red Dots of Death” in our future, either.

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— Ben Patterson is a technology writer for Yahoo! News.

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