Gamers may soon be rejoicing when Microsoft release the new Xbox 360 Slim edition which is expected to land sometime this fall alongside with Microsoft’s much anticipated “Kinect” which was previously called Project Natal. It’s expected to go on sale in the fall for an affordable $199.
But not only does Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 have built in Wi-Fi support and a cheaper price tag, but it now looks set to ditch the red ring of death that has plagued thousands of Xbox users over the last number of years. There have been multiple reports carried out which have shown that the Xbox had the highest failure rate of all consoles so this won’t be a sight gamers will miss.
Apparently the new Xbox constantly evaluates itself for overheating issues. If the console doesn’t feel it’s getting enough ventilation as it needs to satisfy you hardcore gamers, it will display a red light in the middle of the power ring, and the console will automatically shut down before any damage is done. You can then restart your Xbox safely when the power light stops flashing.
Microsoft have confirmed the existence of this new monitoring function and said that the game console does indeed have safety mechanisms in place to shut down.
Now I’m sure all you gamers would prefer not to have this issue at all, but I think you’ll agree with me when I say that i’d rather see a message telling me what’s going on, than my game console suddenly just dying. At least you now know it’s an overheating issue and that you just need to take a break, then once it’s cooled down sufficiently you can get back to your gaming, where as in the past it was off to the repair shop.