Xbox Is Celebrating That Whole Death Gaff Red Ring With… Posters

The Red Ring of Death was a glitch that haunted the Xbox 360, the second video game console Microsoft ever released (unless you count PC) – and now Xbox is selling posters of the infamous error code of the red ring of death.

Originally spotted by The edge, the “Power On: The Story of Xbox ‘Red Ring of Death’ Premium Print” sells for $35.95 in Australia, direct from the Xbox Gear store with international shipping.

It’s an eerie poster that is eerily reminiscent of the bright neon lights of dead space, or the original poster of Extraterrestrial. It’s also kind of like looking into the eyes of HAL 9000, even if your Xbox 360 wasn’t able to say “I’m sorry Zac, I’m afraid I can’t do this”.

Image: Xbox, 20th Century Fox

It’s a bit morbid, don’t you think? Supposedly the Red Ring of Death cost Microsoft over $1 billion to fix, the company pledging to extend the Xbox 360 consoles warranty by three years as a reward for hardware failure

The red ring issue was widespread and far more common than a typical error code should be. It was usually triggered by a hardware failure or weaker than necessary power supply, but it affected Xbox consoles to the point of freezing them entirely. The error was immortalized as a meme.

After all these years, with the Xbox 360 now 16 years old, Microsoft is selling red Ring of Death posters commemorating the catastrophic hardware failure. Why? Oh, for a documentary.

Power On: The Xbox Story is a six-part documentary on the Xbox YouTube channel – it’s a pretty revealing and transparent series, as you’d expect, given that there’s an entire episode dedicated to the red ring of death, as well as red ring of death posters.

In the comments to this video, people are praising Xbox for being willing to talk about such a controversial part of its history.

“Major props for this video, instead of trying to sweep it under the rug. I had three 360s all of which failed and your repair service was excellent,” one commenter said.

It really does seem like Xbox has gone to great lengths to be more transparent and pro-consumer. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer is a big fan of game emulation, a problem gamers have endured for generations.

So if you desperately want a poster commemorating the hardware glitch that plagued a generation of gamers, you can pick one up. here.

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