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Xbox 360's red ring of death is dead

360 slim announces hardware faults with red dot instead

The so-called red ring of death, the infamous sign of a permanent hardware failure in an Xbox 360, is no more. Microsoft has elected not to include the warning feature in its new slimline version of the console.

No doubt Microsoft is hoping the 17% slimmer and cooler-running new model spells an end to the notorious fault that has seen thousands of Xbox 360s returned and replaced.

"Obviously if you look at the success rate of the original 360s, we're very proud of both the way the company stepped up to support the customers that we had as well as the success rate we have with the box today," said Microsoft Game Studios’ corporate VP Phil Spencer in an interview with IGN. "I think we've learned a lot. That learning has gone into the development of this new box.

"Now obviously, the box has a way to communicate to you if something has happened but yes, three red lights are not part of our sequence of telling somebody something is wrong."

However, while the three red lights are gone for good, the slim 360 does include a new failure notification. Gaming site Kotaku has established that the small green dot in the centre of the power button will turn, yes, red if the console encounters a fatal error.

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