Microsoft's next-gen console is flawed at a design level. It's been released anyway. They crash after twenty minutes or less. Vast quantities of the first shipment are defective.
In the days following the US launch, one website estimated that two-thirds of all Xbox 360s were crashing – based on a test sample of one machine. Forums were full of crashes and flashing red lights around the power button. Soon, talk was of conspiracy - Microsoft.com had posted help files detailing the meaning of the red lights. Obviously, Microsoft knew there would be problems even before launch, reasoned many, after looking at the dates on the files.
Of course they did. Embarrassingly, the info about the lights was also printed in the manual, something no one seemed to pick up on. Even more embarrassingly, the four red lights many reported just mean the AV cable isn't properly plugged in.
Other problems were traced to the power pack, which can overheat if crammed into a small space. The inevitable few genuinely defective machines were replaced swiftly - even by their owners' admissions.
SCOOP OR POOP?
A seemingly solid ball of dung that's rolled right out of sight.