No Real Xbox One In Some Stores Due To Overheating In Display Cases?

Xbox One is just weeks away from its launch into the wild and into the arms of the gamers. Xbox 360 initially was plagued with overheating problems that led to a hardware failure popularly known as RROD or Red Ring Of Death. This hardware failure led to the design of the Xbox One to be fully vented as we saw in a dissected Xbox One; it contains a huge cooler inside of it to prevent such overheating problems. Apparently not all conditions can be tested now can they?


The article has been updated with one of the store's employee clarifying the issue.

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ElementX1661d ago

I don't see the shell cut in half in that pic. You'd think they would take a photo before assembling the unit if it were true?

MajorAly1661d ago

I'm sorry I interpreted what the user said wrong, he meant that the store got the cut in half version; that is a shell not the real thing.

However there is still no solid proof of this so please take it with a grain of salt.

NewMonday1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

I personally don't believe this but I'm interested to see how people like Marcus Bear and Keven Dent react.

devwan1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

They're just a cheaper version of a store demonstration unit. They appear to be an xbox one but it's just half the case with a small PC inside playing videos of xbox one games.

This story came about from a thread on GAF. The "overheating" stuff is just conjecture either on behalf of the rep or the store manager guy. Of course a games console would overheat inside a perspex coffin with no ventilation, but to me it looks like this display was never meant to house a real console (there doesn't seem to be enough room for a start). Maybe it'll house a real unit down the line or maybe it'll just get updated with newer videos, who knows?

I'm no fan of microsoft or the xbox one and have no problem drawing attention to their problems, but I really don't think this is one of those times. Now if they stick real units in there in future and they start to melt or if the videos are not a true representation of the actual games then hell yes, bring the hurt, but as it is this isn't newsworthy...

inveni01661d ago

I saw this at my local Best Buy a couple days ago. I was surprised that all they had was half a shell in front of a big TV playing a demo reel. I remain hopeful though, because the display also had a couple controller "seats" bolted to the wall. So maybe they'll get a demo unit eventually.

mewhy321661d ago

well all I can say is that if you were to end up actually buying a bone that you wouldn't be putting it in an enclosed plexi-glass case while using it. Therefore even it this is true it doesn't mean anything.

BlueShirt77491661d ago

This is just getting ridiculous now. Embarrassed to call myself a gamer - as should the rest of you (fanboys/trolls aside).

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ElementX1661d ago

I've also seen a different display for the One. I guess maybe some stores aren't getting playable demos?

MajorAly1661d ago

Don't know why MS didn't went with these display cases for all the stores...

MasterCornholio1661d ago


Wow that case is small.

Nexus 7 2013

MajorAly1661d ago

Didn't go*

I'm still confused as to why we're not seeing some air-cooled type display cases from both the manufacturers.

Dehnus1661d ago

It's because it's a console launch and units are scarce. At most they will want to give away some promotional units but otherwise they will try to supply as many preorders as humanly possible.

For that same reason the demo units are taking some time, a faulty Demo Unit can ruin your reputation especially after the RROD thing. Look at Sony and the crap they got for a few buggy demo units. And in stores they will abuse the hardware big time, people tend to be very nasty to demo units, so there is more risk of them malfunctioning.

So rather then to keep the buggy ones as demo units at this point they both probably take that with less importance then filling the preorders with actual machines. As really Bots and Ponies will by the machines faster than they can produce them for the first few months, so no need to "sucker in" the other buyers as they won't be able to get one for a while in any case.

It's a console launch, so things are quite hectic for both companies right now. From the people writing the API's to the people doing the advertisements.. they all are doing overtime for months on end now.

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thehitman1661d ago

Out of all the rumors this seems the really sketchy lol some no name site no real confirmation. It is just looking for hits lol. I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to MS definitely on this one. They got enough real bad things going on no need to make up fake stuff.

sinjonezp1661d ago

I say not enough info to justify truth. While plausible, this still does not warrant an article for clicks. When we see that little white light turn red in a display ( or whatever color that represents overheating) Then we can revisit the topic. I seen a ps4 case and there is no side or back cooling within the case. System worked fine but I'm sure this type of set up can lead to overheating on both platforms.

Sayai jin1661d ago

Every electronic device goes through environmental testing, these are usually extremes too not normal environments. I would expect that MS put the XB1 through hell and back, especially with the dreaded RROD that plagued the 360.

Toon_Link1660d ago

Idk man every time I go to target or bestbuy the 360 were busted or overheating in that plastic case, I'm sure it's not the best situation for a home console to be in anyway. I personally want all my video game consoles to strive and be great so I don't wish MS any ill will but going from their track record with (3) x360 RROD on me with tons of space not even in my entertainment furniture I wouldn't rule this out.

Either way I'm waiting a while to get a Xbox till that must have title drops. I just bought a wii u for windwaker and will get a launch ps4 cause my ps3 has been my main console for years now and my fat 60gb ps3 lasted forever with no troubles at all, but I definitely wish all gamers best of luck with their shiny new consoles (but better keep that sh!t well ventilated!!!

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Kayant1661d ago

Well it makes sense if true afterall you know these things are electronics and need some air like us to breathe.

DeforMAKulizer1661d ago (Edited 1661d ago )

Gearnuke is a very tabloid-y website.

They term their titles for hits and clicks and make comparisons using the silliest of things and report on the smallest of rumors.

But I guess it's working with them. Getting the clicks and all

mistertwoturbo1661d ago

Sigh whatever, you put ANY console in a super enclosed casing and it will overheat. I'll have a heart attack if I ever see someone try to put a PC with a Radeon 290X in a casing and run it at full load.

Dehnus1661d ago

*Evil Grin* The NES and Master System would work fine. What is it with you people, can't you expect propperly passively cooled consoles anymore? (I know not a fair comparison considering the technology and what heat it developed :D, just am jossing a bit).

mistertwoturbo1661d ago


Come to think of it, I always did have my NES inside a cabinet.