Gamers Blame Red Rings of Death on Kinect
England isn’t so merry (but still just as old) for Kinect owners following the holidays, who are claiming Kinect is killing their Xbox 360s with the Red Ring of Death, according to a story out of the BBC.
Apparently a whole mess of 10-year-olds and their baffled parents are upset because their Xboxes are up and quitting on them more or less right after they start playing Kinect — at least, as the story describes it.
Meanwhile, the Xbox forums are awash in similar stories, but they seem to apply to connecting Kinect to old Xboxes, not the new slim versions. A lot of them seem to be coming from legitimate gamers who know something more about their hardware than the parents the BBC interviewed. So maybe this is a real thing.
Then again, Red Ring of Death is the catch-all “holy crap your Xbox is broken” error. Mine have always seemed to be attributable to cooling issues, but just about anything broken, including the hard drive or the power supply, can cause it. It seems completely possible that excessive play with Kinect coupled with a really poor ability to cool itself might be the old game console’s problem, though that doesn’t explain people who claim they basically plugged in the unit and had a hardware failure immediately afterward.
A Microsoft spokesperson told the BBC that no, it isn’t Kinect causing Xboxes to fail — Kinect works on all Xboxes, and so it’s probably just the shoddy hardware inside an unrelated issue that a huge portion of some old consoles can suffer from. As the rep put it to the BBC, the hardware failures are “merely coincidental.”
Microsoft has sold 2.5 million Kinects, so statistically, the failures might really be a coincidence, considering how often Xbox 360s break down.