Feeds

MS showcases Red Ring of Death Xbox 360 at expo

Whoops

Application security programs and practises

Microsoft executives will be a little red-faced today after an Xbox 360 on display at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco contracted the infamous ‘Red Ring of Death’ disease.

Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com

The console was set-up as a demo unit in an area dedicated to Microsoft's XNA, a software toolkit for videogame development. A video of the problematic but publicly placed console, filmed by a BBC commentator at GDC, has already appeared online.

The video will make uncomfortable viewing for Microsoft bosses because the hardware headache has already cost the company more than $1bn (£500m/€650m).

Last week, electronics warranty trading firm SquareTrade concluded that an Xbox 360 has a 16.4 per cent chance of breaking down and that, of those that do, the Red Ring of Death will be at fault in 60 per cent of cases. It based its findings on a study of 1000 warranty claims for the console.

The Power of One Infographic

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.