Ask any Xbox 360 owner what their biggest fear is, and you’ll get a universal shriek of “Red Ring of Death”, the glowing sign that your console is giving up the ghost, an all-too-common occurrence. Thankfully, the RROD is no longer present on the new Xbox 360 Slim console. Frighteningly however, it’s been replaced with the “Red Eye”, a glowing red dot on the console’s front that appears when trouble is brewing.
The Red Eye also has a partner in crime too – an error message to prepare the user for the worst. It reads:
“The Xbox 360 is shutting down to protect the console from insufficient ventilation. You can turn the console back on after the power light stops flashing.”
Considering just how many people were affected by the RROD on the old style console, you’d think that Microsoft would have really worked at fixing this machine-killing ventilation problem. So far, it seems they’ve just repackaged the old menace, a wolf in a red sheep’s clothing.