How Microsoft is planning to avoid another red ring of death fiasco with Xbox One
It might not seem sexy or exciting, but heating and cooling issues can have a big impact on the console race. Just look at the last generation; the red ring of death saga on Xbox 360 cost Microsoft over a billion dollars, and it all came down to heating issues.
The launch model of the Xbox 360 sometimes, maybe often, had a problem with long gaming sessions. So when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be always-on, it rightly raised a few eyebrows. Their last system had problems running constantly for 12 hours, but this system is going to run non-stop for 6 or more years?
This article from Eurogamer is a look at how Xbox One will tackle the challenge of constantly handling internal heat while still remaining utterly silent when not in use.
The last console race was almost lost because of a problem in the hardware design. This time it looks like Microsoft isn't taking any chances.