Early reports from angry gamers and a handful of news sources point to a possible problem with Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 console, released yesterday. On forums across the ‘net, some gamers are complaining that their consoles freeze or begin flashing an orange warning light. Some are claiming that they’ve already called Microsoft support lines and that the problems seem to be connected to the hard drive. Of course, reports are thin as of yet, and no one knows if this is a real issue, merely a few isolated cases, or even simply rumor.
A few hardware problems are common any time a new console is launched, but considering the severe shortage of consoles, even among those who pre-ordered months in advance, one has to wonder what’s going to be done about any lemons sold yesterday. Did Microsoft reserve enough units to replace faulty systems?
Maybe there was a reason to buy the less expensive core system after all — to avoid the hard drive.
Over the next few days, as more and more proud new Xbox owners play their systems and discover all the foibles unique to owning a first run system in a new launch, more problems are likely to be discovered. The real challenge will be sifting through the stories and separating truth from rumor.