The Red Ring of Death on the Xbox 360 console was once a serious problem for Microsoft

When the first Xbox 360 console was launched in 2005, it was met with success in the gaming community and provided Microsoft with a strong option to take on Sony and the Playstation 3 (at the time). Though it is something that most gamers would like to forget about, the infamous ‘Red Ring of Death’ (RROD) saga was a dark time in gaming history – and is worth remembering.

According to Todd Holmdahl, Xbox’s former head of hardware, he explained that connectors would break inside the system when it switched too quickly from hot to cold. In The Power On: The Story of Xbox documentary, viewers are given behind-the-scenes access in a six-part series as to what went on at Microsoft during the noughties period. It takes a look at the (humble) beginnings of Microsoft’s video game console and how a critical malfunction nearly halted production entirely.

For those that opted for the PS3 and is not too clued up about the Red Ring of Death, The Xbox 360’s red ring of death was represented by three out of the four LEDs turning red. A General Hardware Failure served as the prognosis and left the console unable to boot up thereafter – rendering it useless. Microsoft remedied the problem free of charge to customers across the world, though the damage had been done.

Former Xbox boss Peter Moore revealed that the whole red ring of death saga nearly destroyed the brand as it cost billions of dollars in repairs. Despite this, the Xbox 360 sold 84 million units and running the PS3 close with a total of 87.4-million units. Due to console progression (Xbox One and Series S/X), Xbox 360 support content is no longer being maintained.

To make light of the RROD situation, Microsoft sold a poster to commemorate the era – though some people still have unresolved feelings about the whole thing.

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