8 November 2017 - 19:24

Some people are reporting that their Xbox One X's are dying after just a few hours of use

Is this the red ring of death all over again?
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Microsoft's Xbox One X was released into the wild just yesterday, but already some users are reporting that their consoles have died after just a few hours of use.

A thread on gaming forum ResetEra compiled numerous posts from gamers claiming that their Xbox One X's had "bricked" or refused to turn on. Many of them reported the same story that they had used their console for a while and turned it off, only to try to turn it back on again later and find that it had died.

"No game crashes at all, yesterday was working fine but just this morning I tried to boot it up and nothing," said one user. "WTF my Xbox One X is bricked!" said another user.

Xbox One X is being touted as the most powerful console ever, with 4K resolution and HDR, as well as upscaling of normal Xbox One titles. As with any new hardware, there will be failures, so it's impossible to know the rate of consoles bricking after just two days.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 was notorious in its first few iterations of the console for having a relatively high failure rate, with the "red ring of death" becoming something of a meme over time.

There's no indication that this issue is widespread or as serious as the red ring of death just yet. It has to be incredibly disappointing, though, to buy a brand new console only to have it die after a few hours.

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