Gamers have found a new culprit in the great battle against the red ring o' death (or RRoD
, for those in the know). Some consumers have told the BBC that they blame the Kinect for the death of their consoles
, many of which began failing shortly after they were connected to Microsoft's new motion controller. This isn't just a few disgruntled customers in the U.K., either; gamers around the world are claiming in forums that the Kinect killed their Xboxes
. Most frustrating for these consumers, who largely blame the Microsoft-manufactured accessory for the RRoD, is that many older consoles are no longer covered under warranty, and that Microsoft will not replace or repair them free of charge.
Microsoft told the BBC that it was merely a coincidence that the consoles happened to come down with a bad case of the RRoDs after connecting to the Kinect
. The controller is "designed to work with every Xbox 360 sold to date," the company said. "There is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and the Kinect." We're inclined to believe Microsoft, as being confronted with the RRoD is practically guaranteed
with older Xbox 360s. That, however, isn't going to make frustrated customers feel any better.