The biggest question most gamers had, when Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 Slim this past week; was “did they fix the red ring”? Several days ago, some images surfaced the internet, showing a red ring on a new Xbox 360 slim console, and a message prompt on the screen with an over heating warning. Nobody is positive whether those images are real or not, but one thing we should all be aware, is that Microsoft has supported the RROD with an extended 3 year warranty on the classic models, while the new 360 Slim console enters with only a 1 year warranty. Gamers’ best bet, would be to save some cash and troubles, and go out and buy an Xbox 360 arcade instead, and let the new Xbox 360 slim go through trial and error with the eager consumers.
The Xbox 360 Slim was introduced at $299.99, the same price of the Xbox 360 Elite that had a red ring issue. Microsoft has gone all out to fix the ventilation system, make it whisper quite, and provide internal wireless N capability and a 250GB hard drive. But did Microsoft give this console the same 3 year warranty deal that the first Xbox 360 consoles received? Reading through the Xbox 360 S’ warranty page proves that Microsoft is sure that the console will not fail due to a red ring. Obviously, every console will have some defects or issues, but the RROD has been a huge deciding factor for next gen gamers, that having the new Xbox 360 Slim fail for that same reason could have Microsoft in huge trouble.