Gamers speak in hushed, angry voices when they refer to the dreaded “Red Ring of Death” on the Xbox 360 platform. For those who have been spared this calamitous fate, the RRoD is a visual indicator that your Xbox 360 console is having hardware problems.
In the last several weeks, I’ve gotten RRoD multiple times, as many as 3-4 times in a day. And with the upcoming release of Halo: Reach on September 14th, I just couldn’t take the chance that my Xbox might not cooperate with me when the time came…
So yes, I’ve purchased a new Xbox 360 console.
Beyond just the simple security of knowing my Xbox will be reliable, there a few other nice benefits. First, this new model has a 250 GB hard drive, which means I no longer have to worry about downloading game additions or video clips, etc. It’s also ready for the new Kinect functionality, where you can control some future Xbox video games through movements of your body and face, rather than relying on just a handheld controller.
But the biggest difference? It is WHISPER quiet. No more loud humming from the Xbox 360 console, nevermind the insanely loud whirring of the attached console fan that I’ve had to keep it cool. (Which is why, I suspect, it’s worked flawlessly for several years now… since the failure rate is supposedly much higher for the original Xbox 360 models)
Regardless, it’s here, it’s hooked up, it’s pretty, and it’s reliable. I can rest easily now.