When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, the hardware was plagued with a bunch of console crippling issues, one of which being the famous Red Ring of Death, an LED indication that your game machine is now a giant brick. Some estimates put the failure rate of the 360 as high as 54%. Whatever the actual number was, it was so bad that Microsoft extended the console's warranty to three years.
A while back we ran a poll asking how many Xbox 360s died on you and of the 945 people that responded, 48% had at least one go belly up (25% reported two or more 360s going the way of the dodo).
Even Sony's been experiencing a few problems with its PS4 hardware here and there.
So, what do you think will happen when the Xbox One launches? Will it suffer an abundance of hardware failures? Has Microsoft learned its lesson and made doubly sure to manufacture solid hardware that consumers won't have to replace over and over (and over)?
Vote in the poll and let us know! When you're done, fill the comments or our email (SuperPACpocast@gmail.com) with your opinions and EZK and I will reveal the poll results when we discuss this topic on next week's podcast.
Until then, enjoy your new consoles!
If they work…
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen