Owners of a Microsoft Xbox 360 know all too well about the dreaded Red Ring of Death, the phenomenally bad sign that your precious and expensive video game system is dead. Microsoft, not content with just having given us the BSOD, had to of course make a much more dramatic sounding epic failure, the RRoD. While other video game consoles may fail, none fail so well, or as definitively, as the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Well there’s good news … sort of. It appears that a lower-power lower-temperature Xbox 360 has made it to the streets. What does this mean?
Unfortunately, not really all that much.
In theory this should reduce the number of RRoDs … for these new Xbox 360s anyway. It’s thought that overheating is one of the major causes of RRoDs. (Though I’ve heard that everything under the sun, from walking around while a game is playing to plugging an Xbox 360 into a power strip – which is what you’re supposed to do with your precious electronics – has also been known to cause RRoDs.) So improving the design is a good thing. And if Microsoft had done this say, back before basically everyone who wanted one already owned one, it might have even made an actual difference.
But hey, maybe you’ll be the lucky one who gets a shiny new one of these when you send back your RRoDed Xbox 360. And maybe it really will mean you’re less likely to get a RRoD … again.
So, if, by some odd chance, you somehow haven’t gotten an Xbox 360 yet and actually want one, then it looks like the Jasper version is the one to look for. Happy hunting!