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Gamers voice NXE woes

RRoD, frozen consoles and missing avatars mentioned

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The New Xbox Experience (NXE) has barely been out for 24 hours, but gamers have already claimed that it’s messing with their consoles. Some have even said the update’s caused the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RRoD) to rear its ugly head once more.

NXE was released to the masses yesterday, but we’ve read forum postings from numerous gamers mentioning RRoD problems following installation of the update.

“Booted my Xbox... get prompted for the update, click download. I walk out of the room for a few minutes and come back to red lights flashing,” said one forum contributor. Another gamer praised the NXE’s features, but said: “The only problem is I now have the RRoD.”

But the RRoD isn’t the only problem that Xbox users have experienced since installing NXE. Others have caused forums to overflow with tales of intermittently freezing consoles and absent avatars.

Microsoft has already admitted there’s a problem, although it’s not willing to stick its neck on the line and categorically state that NXE is the root of gamers’ woes.

Xbox spokesman Major Nelson wrote on his official blog that Microsoft’s “aware some of you may be experiencing a few hiccups along the way”.

He stressed that the Xbox Live team’s “actively working on the issues”, so for the time being you’ll have to play the waiting game.

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