Kinect issues spark red ring of death as sales top 8 million

Motion gaming add-on blamed for latest Xbox failures

Red ring returns as Microsoft shifts 8 million Kinect units

Microsoft’s recently released controller-free motioning gaming peripheral Kinect has reignited the company’s issues with the dreaded Xbox red ring of death, new reports suggest.

Attributed to many varying issues throughout the years including over-heating problems, the red ring of death, which is estimated to have affected close to 30 per cent of all Xbox 360 consoles since launch, appears to have returned with a number of new Kinect owners claiming the console-crippling issues appeared after just a few short uses of the must-have Christmas peripheral.

Believed to affect the older white Xbox 360 consoles as apposed to the newer ‘Slim’ models, users of Kinect have reported that using the motion gaming add-on caused irreversible damage to their Xbox consoles within a few hours of first use.

Flatly denying claims of a link between Kinect and the increased red ring issues, Microsoft has declared in an official statement: "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."

Speaking during his keynotes speech to open the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that more than 8 million Kinect units had been sold across the world in the first 60 days from launch.

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Via: TheGuardian