Red Ring of Death

My wife bought me the PlayStation 3 Collector’s Edition of Resident Evil 5 on the day it came out. She knew that I hadn't yet decided which system I wanted the game for, and that I might end up trading it out, but she figured it would be a nice surprise to bring it home on release day anyway. (And yes, it was a really great surprise.)

The crux of my indecision came down to deciding between better graphics on a crappier system or slightly worse graphics on a more reliable system. My wife warned me that I might regret getting the 360 version if the system died. But my 360 (my second console after my first died over a year ago) had been pretty stable for a while without any problems.

I eventually decided to go with the 360 version because of the marginally better graphics and (somewhat importantly) the fact that inventory management in split-screen co-op mode is easier on the 360. So we swapped out the PS3 version and started playing. Everything was going fantastically until the unthinkable happened. At this point, it should be pretty obvious where I'm going with this, but I'll press on with the story.

About two thirds of the way into playing Resident Evil 5, my 360 froze. I turned off the system and tried to turn it back on, only to see three flashing red lights. It was horrible. The middle of a Saturday that we had specifically set aside for playing the game, and the system died! Maybe this was some sort of cosmic punishment for gambling on the 360 version. Whatever it was, it certainly sucked. And it reminded me again of just how shoddy Microsoft's system really is. I knew that it was shoddy based on the fact that I had already had one system die on me. But enough time had passed that this knowledge had become an abstraction. I had tricked myself into thinking that I had found a good stable console that would last me for years. Not so. Perhaps the only lesson here is that when it comes to the 360 it is not a question of if the console will die, but when.

As I type, my 360 is on its way to the repair center in Texas, hopefully to be replaced by one of the newer and supposedly RRoD-resistant models, if such a fabled creature actually exists. I guess I haven't learned my lesson yet, however, because I'm still keeping my 360 copy of Resident Evil 5 on the chance that my next console will succeed where others have failed.

Am I being foolish? Should the PS3's stability outweigh my desire for marginally better graphics when it comes to Resident Evil 5?


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Anonymous
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[quote=Anonymous]ok people, really, what the h3ll. are you guys to DUMB to see? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN GRAPHICS. OMG. the only real differnce is maybe one system is brighter than teh oteh rin some games, or the colour might be a tad different. liek come on!! i just went on google and looekd at the comparison of RE5 on ps3/xbox, and u know what!?!?!?!? PS3 HAD A SLIGHTLY DARKER BRIGHTNESS. first of all, that would add to the game for me personnaly, it being a survival horror game, and second, u could quite easily make the ps3 verion the… Read more »
Brandon Erickson
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I guess I should elaborate a little more on why I think the 360 version of RE5 looks better than the PS3 version. I should note that I have played all the way through the PS3 version and more than half way through the 360 version, so I’ve spent a fair amount of time with both. On an objective level, the 360 version appears slightly crisper than the PS3 version, and the framerate is slightly better as well. These aren’t huge issues, but they still exist. On a subjective level, I prefer the deeper black levels on the 360 version.… Read more »
Anonymous
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Maybe next time you’ll listen to your wife!

Daniel Weissenberger
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I hate that I have to play everything on the 360 (my disc drive is almost dead – the install function kind of saved my life), but I’m forced to by PS3’s ridiculous insistence on not releasing a wired controller.

Wireless signals burn my hands, and while I can get a simple workaround using a PS2 controller, that means I can’t use motion controls or quit games without turning off the system.

It would kill them to just pull the bluetooth out of one of those things and slap on a USB cable?

ivar
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HAHA fuck you 😀 not gonna make any excuses but here is what I meant. Actually all the players I’ve played online with in Res 5 have had mics except the japanese. One japanese player had mic though, it was quite funny ^^

hope this fills the crack in your heart ;>

DazT
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… You should learn to write in english instead of playing video games lol!

[quote=ivar]Actually all the players in played with in res5 have had mics except the japanese ones, 1 had quite funny ^^[/quote]

mightmouse
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This cooling device does the right job in correcting the RROD problem for the 360. I bought the 360 on it’s release, and the first thing I noticed was how hot the console got after about 2 hours use. Anyway one year later, my 360 broke with the three red ring. This problem was going around the internet like wild fire at the time. I had a look into this, and saw your product. I brought the Intercooler while my 360 was getting repaired. Once I got it back, I attached it on. It’s been over year now, and every… Read more »
Xnonymous
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The 360, if anything, appeared slightly blurry. Where as the PS3 was crisper. LOL LOL LOL http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/face-off-resident-evil-5-article Capcom’s Framework MT engine uses some very useful tricks in maintaining image quality. It runs at native 720p, and employs the use of full-on 4x multisampling anti-aliasing on Xbox 360, while using the 2x Quincunx technique on PS3. On a like-for-like basis, this means that the 360 has clearer visuals (2x QAA blurs every texture) but edge-smoothing is very similar While the overall look of the game is very close on both machines, the Xbox 360 version wins out with the inclusion of… Read more »
ivar
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Actually all the players in played with in res5 have had mics except the japanese ones, 1 had quite funny ^^

Anonymous
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notice how its the ps3 users on here making comments of how the 360 isn’t so great even though most issues have been resolved with the 360 at this point in time, while the 360 users are busy enjoying their systems. ps3 is a great system but i’ll be damned if anyone who has one uses it to its full potential, that and the fact that the ps3’s nowadays screw their uses out of all its potential unlike the older version

DazT
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… And I’ve had seven since launch. I own both consoles and don’t care about marginal graphical differences BUT the fact I can play co op online and actually have a clear conversation with my friends is the deal maker for me. I love my PS3 but the voice quality combined with the fact most PS3 guys don’t seem to use a mic kills the system online imo!

ivar
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I dont own xbox360. I dont think I need to comment on the graphic bs I’ve played it on the xbox and the ps see no diffrence. All I can say my ps3 have only frozen 2 times both times in GTA4 rock solid ever since bought it summer 2007 60gb model. I enjoyed res 5 very much my friend and I played it coop first play through very fun never lagged or froze cant say anything bad about it. Only 2 of my friends have xbox 360. One of them is on his second xbox which now has problem… Read more »
Raph
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hey, i think you overexagerated here. i mean 360 an ps3 graphics are the same the only difference is that the 360 vertion looks a little crisper than the ps3 so we can actually says that the 360 versions haver better VISUALS rather than slightly better graphics. now, do you really trade reliability for visuals?

nate-dog7
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“I have bought every raved-about PS3 game released in the last year… i have not found one that really grabbed me”
did you play uncharted? an instant classic… biggest surprise this generation if not the best game (in my opinion it is)

Anonymous
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I had both consoles but the stupid ps3 when I was playing Motorstorm froze. I turned it of and to my surprise all my memory was gone. I thappenned to many of my friends too whith not only Motorstorm but even resi 5. This issue i find is much worse than the red ring of death for the 360 because you still have your memory and you do not have to pay anymore. My 360 never froze on me once neither with my friends.

Anonymous
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i have a 360 for a while now and nothing has happened. I just keep it in the basment next to the water hummidifier twhere it is cold so it does not overheat. I have resi 5 for it and it looks beautiful and runs smoothly. My friend who has it for the ps3 looks a little worse and sometimes lags. All of my friends are still on their first 360.

Anonymous
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the fact that you have such deep feelings for a piece of plastic that you feel you have to lobby for sales, are u on payroll, is very sad, you should get a life sometime soon.

Anonymous
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I buy all multiplat games for PS3. 360 ONLY for exclusives.

Anonymous
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your a tool if you think the graphics really are better, lol, lol… such a pointless article. so sick of these

EQ
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Dunno if I’m the first to point it out to you, but you have no taste in games.
If you’ve bought every noteworthy game to come to the PS3 and havent liked any of them, you obviously have no taste in quality games. Except bioshock.. maybe its the exception to the rule.

AS far as this article goes, it has flamebait written all over it.
PS3 fanboys come to gloat at rrod, 360 fanboys come to gloat about graphics. Sad

Anonymous
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ok people, really, what the h3ll. are you guys to DUMB to see? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN GRAPHICS. OMG. the only real differnce is maybe one system is brighter than teh oteh rin some games, or the colour might be a tad different. liek come on!! i just went on google and looekd at the comparison of RE5 on ps3/xbox, and u know what!?!?!?!? PS3 HAD A SLIGHTLY DARKER BRIGHTNESS. first of all, that would add to the game for me personnaly, it being a survival horror game, and second, u could quite easily make the ps3 verion the… Read more »
Anonymous
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whats the point of getting a game with better graphics if you cant fucking play it.

OWNED!!!

get the ps3 version and then add me. PSN = Chippendale666

Anonymous
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we all know the 360 has a failure rate of more than 30% while the ps3 is less than 3%, so you’re just lucky. or unlucky, that might be.. 😉

Risky
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I’m on my very 1st elite from it’s launch and on my second ps3 which i had for 8 months.

Alan
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The PS3 and 360 versions look almost identical. I bought the PS3 version because I trust the reliability and have way more hardcore RE4 fans on my PSN list and heard too many people from the 360 demo complaining about the controls (clearly showing me they didn’t play RE4 on GC or PS2). Easy choice for me.

Morganfell
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I am mystified by your “marginally better graphics” comment. I compared both versions when the demos first appeared. The demos use final code so no excuse there. I set up the same scenes in the demos and then flipped back and forth on a Sony 52 inch XBR. The 360, if anything, appeared slightly blurry. Where as the PS3 was crisper. Colorwise they were very close. I have the PS3 version in retail and have since gone back and loaded the same level as the 360 demo and cannot find anything that would have promoted a 360 version for the… Read more »
inuksuit
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I own all 3 consoles (incl. a refurbished 360): although your 360 breakdown was recent, it is quite likely to have been an earlier model…some games appear to cause the 360 to generate more heat than others… I have played Fable 2, Fallout 3 (and DLC content) Call of Duty: World at War… without any problems. Personally I am glad that you will persevere and give a late-model 360 a chance… according to Metacritic scores, the 360 has more of the top-rated games than any other system… so i think you will find that your patience is rewarded. My PS3… Read more »
Anonymous
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Thing is, the 360 version of RE5 does not have marginally better graphics It’s the exact same game, may it be a little darker on the 360 (which is the only difference). So yes, you’re foolish to take your chances and possibly waste 60 dollars because you have the delusion that it looks better on 360.

Anonymous
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Thing is, the 360 version of RE5 does not have marginally better graphics <_< It's the exact same game, may it be a little darker on the 360 (which is the only difference). So yes, you're foolish to take your chances and possibly waste 60 dollars because you have the delusion that it looks better on 360.

Darrius
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It not really a question of when you 360 will die either. We already know. Your 360 will last 13 – 16 months.

I was just saying earlier in another place, that there was a time when I didn’t know anyone who was still using their first 360, now I don’t know anyone who is still using their 2nd 360.

lee mitchell
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to me it comes down to the fact that anything that costs more in live is more reliable,except for like those gold and diamond jewelery but any way i love my ps3,bit glitchy every once in a while but i only bought one xbox 360 and never again haha my first batch xbox original is still going,which is either really bad or really good after it outlasted my 360 by about 9 years i think

Anonymous
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I played through the ps3 version only, so I can’t say for sure how good they look side by side in motion, but from the 720p comparison screens I saw it was a fucking joke how similar they looked. The only thing noted by an IGN comparison was that in the ps3 version there were occasional framerate dips and shadow banding at points (notably the scene where you’re being chased by motorcycles). So yes, if these are the reasons behind you’re decision to bail on reliability, you are foolish. The problem with calling YOU foolish is that apparently people aren’t… Read more »
Anonymous
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Although I haven’t bought a 360 or PS3 yet, I know it will be a PS3 once the opportunity roles around. I continue to be surprised by how much support the 360 garners despite its horrid reliability issues. It DOES have some great games and awesome online support, so perhaps many gamers are willing to overlook the hardware faults. My question is this: What message are we sending console manufacturers, specifically Microsoft, when we continue to purchase products regardless of their quality? Even though this RRoD debacle is costing Microsoft loads of money, I don’t see gamers’ faith in the… Read more »
Anonymous
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Slightly prettier graphics for a game you might be able to play versus a very slight graphical downgrade and being able to play the game when you want at any time with no worries? Really? I’d take reliability any day over slightly better looking wooden huts. Another thing to think about would be if the 360’s warranty wasn’t extended for three years and every time it broke down you had to pay money to get it fixed, would reliability be such a small factor to you?You wouldn’t buy a car that had a low reliability rating (unless you have tons… Read more »
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