Guardian is reporting that listeners of BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme “You and Yours,” said that shortly after getting the Kinect their Xbox died showing the dreaded red ring of death. Though Microsoft has fought hard to correct the issue that has caused nearly 30% of their consoles to fail, it’s possible it might be back.
Adam Winnifrith told the programme:
“We plugged [Kinect] in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights. The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven’t been able to use it since.” Other listeners also emailed in with similar experiences.
Microsoft has denied any link between Kinect use and system failure. A statement to the BBC read:
“There is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental.”
It seems from the references to “red rings” that connecting a USB device to the console is causing it to fail. What is more likely the cause of the problem is the consoles are probably the older models that had higher failure rates. The families that purchased the Kinect probably haven’t used their console for a while and the Kinect has given them a reason to blow off the dust and enjoy some family fun.