Microsoft just can't get away from the dreaded "Red Ring of Death." According to reports in the BBC and some posters on Xbox.com's message board, the red ring is showing up to brick 360 consoles of gamers who connect a Kinect to their older Xbox 360s.
According to users, after the Kinect is installed and an update is applied, the screen freezes and the trio of warning lights appear, signaling the end of video game fun and the beginning of the repair process.
Microsoft denies that the technical problems some are experiencing are the result of the Kinect, issuing a statement saying:
"There is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental."
Personally, I have a "first-gen" 360 that has red-ringed twice in the past five or so years. I have had no problems at all with Kinect. I wonder if this is a case of cause and correlation being mixed up. A lot of people own Xbox, and turned them on to play Kinect, so a lot of old Xboxes red ringed, but the Kinect wasn't the cause.
At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (which I am not), it could also be a case of people being a little rough with older/more fragile Xboxes in the course of installing a new peripheral -- you plug that USB in too hard, and you can shake up some brittle soldering glue and end your console.
On the other hand, it could be a real problem. What have you guys experienced? Any problems that seem caused by Kinect?