Poll: How Many Xbox 360 Consoles Have Died On You?

I don't own an Xbox 360.

It's not because I'm a raving Nintendo fanboy (I am), it's because I trust the hardware about as far as I can throw it.

Wait, I'm pretty strong.  I bet I could chuck one of those suckers a fair distance.

I don't trust Microsoft's current gen console to turn on when I hit the power button.


Because I don't know a single Xbox 360 owner who hasn't had to replace at least two of their consoles due to hardware failure.  But hey, maybe I just happen to know a lot of unlucky people.

So what about you cool cats?  Have any of you 360 owners out there had to replace one or more of those consoles?  Vote in the poll and let us know.  Those of you without 360s, is the stress of wondering if the damn thing will brick every time you go to play a game what kept you from buying one?  Hit up the comments section or send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com and regale us with your story.

As always, we'll reveal the poll results and discuss your thoughts and our own on next week's podcast.

If you're worried about your console dying after you've cast your vote, the poll will be open until about noon (PST) on Sunday.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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  1. MechaTama31 says:

    Neither of mine have died (gave my first one to my sister and got one with a bigger HD and stuff), but I used them pretty lightly.

  2. Hevach says:

    Halo 3 edition. Not a launch machine, but still the launch hardware (two production runs before the first change). Bought new for $100 the last day before Circuit City closed. Still running 12k achievement points later.

  3. ddrfr33k says:

    I went straight for the Slim.  On my first, a 250GB M$ refurb.  I've had it for two years now, and it's still going strong.

  4. narcogen says:

    I voted "four or more" but I suppose if you want to be technical, it's three– one unit that died and was fixed under warranty and came back died for a second a few years later. Currently I have two working units, an Arcade and a custom ODST box. Both seem to be doing fine (fingers crossed). 

  5. lordlundar says:

    None personally but I worked retail during the first wave of releases before they actually got their act together. During a major promo the store I worked in got 1000 promo units that included a game. This promo unit was packaged by Microsoft and they were to take full responsibility for defective units.

    Yeah right.

    Roughly a 30% fail rate and MS customer support constantly saying to take it back to the store because they wouldn't repair them or replace damaged disks. Cost the company a LOT of money because of it.

  6. axiomatic says:

    TWO RROD's but I have two still functional 360's.

    I rarely play the PS3 or 360 though. Consoles are the domain of my kids. In fact the only time I play a console game is if the game is not available for the PC. Graphics are important to me and the consoles just don't have the fidelity I am looking for in their graphics horsepower.

    The xbox 720 and PS4 will be shiny for like a month, then I'll be back in front of the PC Even my 9 year old son prefers the PC though.

  7. CodeMonkey76 says:

    First Xbox – Bought in ~2006.  RROD in 2007.  

    Second Xbox – Bought ~2008.  Still running fine.

    Third Xbox – Bought 2010.  Still running fine.

    Fourth Xbox – Bought 2012.  Still running fine.

  8. grimfate says:

    I own 2 Xboxes.

    The first was a first generation Xbox 360 that had its first and only red ring during the Halo 3 beta =[ Microsoft replaced it for free and it had worked fine ever since. I am currently lending this console out and have had no complaints about it.

    The other Xbox is the newer, smaller black model (Xbox 360 S?) which I purchased second hand. I believe it is about about 2-3 years old and I have never had a problem with it.

    I do not spend a lot of time playing games these days but apart from the one RROD I have have had no other problems. (I have seen 1 or 2 other RROD with other people's consoles though.)

  9. black manta says:

    Bought my 360 in 2007.  I waited until after I felt confident all the hardware issues had been ironed out.  So far so good.  I've never experienced the infamous RROD or any other issues.  :Knocks on wood:

  10. ALIENwolve says:

    My last Xbox, which I am using, finally has stable hardware.

    Except for the CD drive motors; those are wearing out and I gotta go in manual.

  11. Stropp says:

    I purchased my XBox 360 in March 2006, when the console was released in Australia, and it still works well.

    I don't play many games on it anymore, I use it now mostly for watching DVDs. Occassionally it will have problems reading a disc, which could be attributed to age, in which case I rip that DVD and play it across my network. I'll probably end up buying a combo DVD/Bluray player at some point.

    I did read up on the XBox failures and they were mostly due to overheating. So I followed the advice, never cover the console or leave a game case on top of it when it's on, put it in a well ventilated position, don't put it in or on a stack of other electronic equipment, turn it off when not in use.

    So yeah, I guess that makes my 360 seven years old now, and still going strong.


  12. psduckie says:

    My 360, which I got at launch, has eaten one Madden 06 disc and one Final Fantasy XI disc.  That's it.  No red-rings.  No other discs eaten.

  13. Narcosleepy says:

    I own 4 xbox consoles: 1 arcade, 2 elite, and 1 slim.  The worst thing I have had happened is the dirty read error with one of the DVD drives.  I am a pretty heavy gamer, so that doesn't seem unreasonable to me.  XBox replaced the drive for free. – well, technically they cross-shipped me a new xbox, so didn't even have any downtime.

  14. Coffeya says:

    I hope the Xbox720 is much more reliable and can play all xbox games.  There are some exclusives I would like to play on there, but don't want to be bothered if the system is going to fail on me.  Especially once they stop supporting them.  You will be literally SOL!

  15. PHX Corp says:

    my first xbox 360 died at one point due to it frequently over heating, then I sent it out for repairs sometime after, then after I got it for the next few years before I swapped it for the Xbox 360 S

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