Will GTA IV’s Success Cause Massive Amounts of Xbox 360s to Brick?

redring1-1.jpgMicrosoft is certainly trying to push the Xbox 360 version of GTA IV as the best version you could get (what with all money being spent on advertising and some huge DLC). But while these efforts may drive some people towards the Xbox 360 version, could the game‘s imminent success have an adverse affect on the consoles themselves? Gameplayer recently brought up this point, which I’d never considered before, but they make a good case. Basically, GTA IV is undoubtedly going to be one of, if not the, biggest video game launch of the year. That means hundreds of thousands of people will be playing the game, probably for extended periods of time. And if history has taught us anything, it’s that the Xbox 360 really doesn’t handle well under that sort of heavy use. So could the upcoming spike in people playing on their Xboxes more frequently lead to a huge spike in the number of consoles that break down? Personally, I get a little worried myself when I think I hear my Xbox 360 making a strange noise — other than the usual lawnmower-like sound; that’s normal. Come April 29h though, me and probably thousands of gamers are probably going to sit down for some good, long, quality time with Rockstar’s newest creation. Odds are, more Xbox 360s could suddenly stop working around that time than ever before. Of course, this is all speculation at this point, but I certainly hope Microsoft is prepared to relive last year’s ”Red Ring of Death” debacle all over again.

Via Gameplayer

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20 Comments on Will GTA IV’s Success Cause Massive Amounts of Xbox 360s to Brick?


On April 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Its speculation alright, but it sounds liek the perfect kick in the balls that M$ deserve! lol


On April 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm

I had a scary experience last night. Someone at my girl’s job lent her Condemned 2. I put the game in and both times my 360 acted funky. Basically it hung and the graphics were scattered. I immediately told her, “Sorry, but I can’t risk messing up my 360 a week before GTA IV.”

I’ll be an extremely pissed person if my 360 bricks when I put GTA IV in. Probably to the point that I’ll just buy PS3 games from then on and only play 360 when it’s an exclusive game.


On April 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm

It better not break…


On April 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Well they may be pushing it as thebest system to get it for but ive been seeing around the net that the PS3 version will have slightly better graphics and load times along with the “EXCLUSIVE” content just a few months later than the 360 and i see the point about the RROD my 360 when running for long periods of time usually starts having choppy frame rates and long load times so im not getting it on the 360 after playing Oblivion on my PS3 for well over 20 hours straight a couple of times i know my PS3 can handle the long times ill be playing GTAIV


On April 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Thats dumb.

Causing them to brick, no.
Causing live service to turn into , yes.


On April 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Killakev, I don’t think Microsoft would pay that much money to Rockstar for a few months of DLC exclusivity…. but I’m sure you’re right that the graphics will be a tad better on the PS3.
Oh, and if your 360 has a HDMI output on it, it probably won’t die on you :mrgreen:


On April 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Good luck with that. :mrgreen: Liberty City becomes RROD city after the 29th. I wonder if they put “UPS” trucks in the game. :mrgreen: “What can brown do for you”?


On April 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Yeah, HDMI 360′s are less likely to die. You should still be careful, though.


On April 22, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I haven’t played my 360 for a long time. Now on one hand that gave the hardware a nice long rest before the GTAIV onslaught i’ll be putting it through, however i’m sure a lot of dust has collected up. Time to get me one of those office max blow cans. :cool:


On April 23, 2008 at 1:14 am

Look, thats all just stupid head line grabbing comments… sure there is a risk, which seems to have been cured..! I play my xbox for hours at a time on and off line, night after night and never have a problem, as do all my friends. So in my eyes a rather silly article which just feeds stupid fan boy arguments..!!


On April 23, 2008 at 2:55 am

@ Michael

As you try to appear calm, knowing the apprehension you feel because your system is subject to red ring ten minutes into the game. whatever. Get the coffin ready.


On April 23, 2008 at 3:37 am

I don’t get Microsoft. They should have spent the dollars in developing a stable console instead of using the money, to get DLC for GTA IV :roll:


On April 23, 2008 at 4:54 am

Actually, I know some folk working on the game and


the ps3 version has given them no end of headaches and suffers from worse framerate, NO unlockable characters (360 version has as standard) and NO forthcoming DL content.


Apparently it could have been better but it’s impossible to program the thing.

Also, 360 version is an OPTIONAL install whereas ps3 version installation is REQUIRED (though you still get less game content !??!?)

This is true, wait until release day and buy on ps3 if you don’t think so ;-)


On April 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

I’m not worried about my 360 bricking. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen no matter what. I’m not going to not play a game simply because there is a chance it might brick my console.

GTA IV is supposed to be better on the 360 anyway, or at least that is what I see in everything that I have read about it.

If you already have a 360 and not a PS3 this is hardly a reason to buy a PS3. I’m just saying. :cool:

Go Marlins!!!!


On April 23, 2008 at 7:26 am

Was there a noticable increase in the RROD when Halo 3 came out? Not that I recall, so I doubt it will happen here.


On April 23, 2008 at 8:56 am

A friend of mine got his Xbox 360 bricked when he first got Halo 3.
I tought it was hillarious, but he was crushed.
Now he got a Xbox 360 with HDMI, so i hope its more stable.


On April 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Oh it will break, cause the system is made of garbage.

Great games on it, but the system is just full of fail lol.


On April 29, 2008 at 5:33 am

Well Guess what, GTA4 released, Stuck in disk, Frooze on the Picture Slide Show, Restarted. Looked like she was working. Intro Video was playing.

Bout 1 minute into the Video she frooze again, restarted again. and Sadly had the Red Ring of Death.


It’s Begun. :sad:


On May 10, 2008 at 4:25 am

Yeah well guess what, from the first time i put in GTA IV my 360 would frezze about 3 minutes from starting the game and has now killed it. I have sent it for repairs but im worried that if i try to play it it will die again, Any idea what i should do?


On May 10, 2008 at 4:27 am

The Same as AussieScorp and the weird thing is im in Australia 2!!! Could the aussie cencored version be crap? :sad: :sad: