The Red Ring Of Death

Hey everyone, welcome back to my computers and electronics blog. I was just playing some of my older video games (namely Halo Reach on the Xbox 360) and I finally got it, the dreaded Red Ring of Death. Any Xbox 360 gamer knows what I am talking about. You boot the console up and get this weird error message and then see something that isn’t supposed to happen. Three of the four ring used it indicate player order on the console start flashing, and they are not green. A bright red light emanates from the ring and it’s all over.

red ring of death

The Red Ring of Death was caused by a lack of foresight on Microsoft's part. A solder inside the machine would get so hot after extensive play that it would actually melt, and the $300 machine would become a brick. The issue became so widespread that Microsoft offered a 3 year extended warranty and yet many gamers opted to fix the issue themselves with a simple towel wrapped around the machine. This would heat the console up again, and the solder would again melt with a chance of drying in the correct position. This was much more preferable to many gamers than the 4 month wait to get a replacement console.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360 S console in 2010 with the main goal of fixing the red ring of death. The problem solder was strengthened with lead and heat was more evenly distributed so that no other components would be subject to the same abuse. These consoles would still have their own issues, mainly with the now external power supply unit.

Did any of you have issues with your Xbox 360 consoles? Rumor has it they had a +30% failure rate, so a lot of gamers who would use the console on a normal basis faced this issue. Let me know in the comments section, and don’t get a Red Ring anytime soon!