February 7, 2009 // 4:55 am
- Similar to what happened not long ago
, the dreaded 'Red Ring of Death' (RRoD) issue rears its ugly head back with a vengeance.
released a mandatory update, which is causing many of the consoles to RRoD. With all of the launch consoles out of warranty
, will the new update cause problems for many Xbox 360 owners?
After updating my Xbox 360, I experienced some issues with my console. My console successfully updated but when I went into the XBL Marketplace to download a demo, my system suddenly froze. After rebooting the console, it froze again during the boot-up sequence. I started sweating bullets as flashbacks of last Christmas started dancing around my head.
However, my console came back after I unplugged the power source and let it cool down for a bit. I jumped onto the official Xbox forums to see if anyone else had similar issues and to my surprise, other owners were getting the dreaded RRoD. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is bricking many of the consoles out there.
Many owners are receiving the error code E-74
, which usually relates to video cable issues. However, many are reporting that their Xbox 360s RRoD after rebooting. This sounds similar to what happened on the PS3 a while back where consoles were freezing after a firmware update. Luckily, Sony was able to rectify the freezing issue with another firmware update.
Microsoft really needs to step it up and rectify this RRoD issue once and for all. The issue has drained the company billions of dollars just in warranties. Not only is it causing the company headache, it is wasting the consumers time and money as well. With many of the launch consoles out of warranty, this issue could potentially become volatile.
Hopefully, Microsoft is able to un-brick the Xbox 360s experiencing the RRoD issue after the update. The RRoD issue has left a bad taste for many of the Xbox 360 owners out there. It is one of those events that many probably want to sweep under the rug and forget about.
However, with constant reminders, it is getting difficult to forget about it. May be it wasn't such a good idea to lay off 30 percent of the video game testers?