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Hypothetically Speaking: What if Xbox One suffered from Red Ring of Death?

Hypothetically Speaking is a series of short, hypothetical scenarios looking into the Gaming Industries potential future and past, had it taken an alternative route along the way as a means to prompt discussion. Join in the chat @GamingIQ  and comment below

Hypothetically speaking, what if the Xbox One suffered from the same fate as it’s predecessor; in the form of the Red Ring of Death? 

The infamous Red Ring of Death is something that has plagued the last generation of Xbox 360 owners.

The error seemed to echoed the Windows Blue Screen of Death, and had a lot of errors come with it, which inevitably ended up in entire hardware failure sooner or later.

But what if this phenomenon came back to haunt us in a new way, and became the new bane of a new generation of proud Xbox Owners?




It was a damaging thing to happen to Microsoft, as many people steer cleared of the console because it was so widespread. Many people switched to the PS3 because of it, even if Sony’s console had the Yellow Light of Death. The RRoD has definitely become one of the most famous errors in all of gaming history.

I have already been asked by several people whether the red ring is a problem for next-gen consoles, so it is obviously a concern for those who have been subject to it before.

What would happen if the Xbox One suffered from the RRoD? Would the public be put off from purchasing the console? Would people switch to the PS4? Would they buy a console at all? What would be your decision?

Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @GamingIQ


 Adam Barsby is a writer for Gaming IQ, alongside running Social Media. If you are partial to stalking, you can follow him on Twitter @barsby3, or read his articles here. 


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IQ Talk Podcast #5: XBOX One Launch Special

In this special edition of IQ Talk, Sumit Dutta, Adam Barsby and Arran Oakes from Gaming IQ have only one topic on their minds – the much anticipated launch of the Microsoft Xbox One.

It’s been eight long years since the Xbox 360 was released and Xbox fans the world over are chomping at the bit for a worthy successor. The road to the Xbox One has been bumpy with a more than a few controversies along the way, but its immense potential is undeniable.

In this episode we examine every aspect of the new system and ask if Microsoft is truly ready for the next gen. What are you waiting for?

Jump In!



  • The announcement – what were our initial reactions to the name, form and strategy?
  • What are the lessons learned from the Xbox launch?
  • How have Sony & Microsoft’s attitudes have shifted from the last-gen launches?
  • Were Microsoft too bold with their initial ideas?
  • Digital Distribution – too soon?
  • Are gamers holding back innovation?
  • Were Microsoft penalised for building a long term strategy?
  • How does Steam get away with similar ideas on DRM?
  • Xbox 180: Microsoft’s messaging errors
  • Did  their E3 showing change perceptions?
  • All In One: Does the launch tagline work?
  • The launch line-up – does it excite?
  • Is the real battle going to take place in 2014?
  • Will early perception have a serious impact on future sales?
  • What does the future look like for Xbox One?

Our soundtrack is the theme from Halo 3, part of the series that transformed a fledgling platform into a console colossus.

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section below and on Twitter

Recorded Friday 21 November 2013 | Duration 46:58



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Sumit Dutta is an editor at Gaming IQ and is still trying to decipher the ending of Metal Gear Solid 2.
Read his columns here and get in touch via Twitter @SumitKD or Google Plus

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Forbes Writes: Xbox One Ships Early To Some Customers, Largely Confirms MSFT Communications

Daniel Nye Griffiths contributor for writes However, reports are coming in that due to an administrative error boxed retail versions of the Xbox One have been sent two weeks* before release to a small number of preorder customers, revealing that the online systems for the console are up and running, along with that Day One (or in this case, Day Negative) patch.

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