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by Mike Zazaian September 21, 2006 - 3:54pm, 3 Comments

Xbox 360's red ring of death

Microsoft is making reparations for a number of defective Xbox 360s that overheated and shut off during normal gameplay.

According to Microsoft, the only affected consoles are those shipped prior to January 1st, 2006. For owners of any of these Xbox 360 units, any damages incurred by overheating will be completely repaired by Microsoft, free of charge. Owners of these units who have already paid for repairs due to the overheating issues will receive checks in refund for their payment.

Due to improper cooling, the Xbox 360’s CPU would overheat during normal gameplay, causing graphical errors, loss of data, or even causing the unit to shut off. In some instances Xbox 360 units were rendered completely unable to play games, displaying an ominous ring of red light around the power button where a much cheerier green light used to be. Microsoft fixed the issue with its second shipment of Xbox 360 consoles, but 5 million of the defective consoles were shipped worldwide prior to the fix.

The announcement comes just days after Microsoft released information regarding an HD-DVD add-on, which will be released in Japan on November 17th. Microsoft has yet to say, however, when the add-on will be available in the US, although it will likely be around the same time as the Japanese release.

[via DailyTech]