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Microsoft warns about overheating Xbox 360 wheel

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Aug 2007 18:57 User comments (8)

Microsoft warns about overheating Xbox 360 wheel Microsoft Corp. just can't avoid the heated issues surrounding the hardware of its Xbox 360 console. After already announcing it would need to spend around $1 billion to fight the over-heating and hardware issues for the Xbox 360 console itself, the company has now warned that the Wireless Racing Wheel controller can overheat. There has been as many as 50 reports about the peripheral overheating and releasing smoke.
The wheel simulates the physical sensations of race car driving for games such as "Forza Motorsport 2", and sells for $130. To date, about 230,000 units of the controller have been sold to consumers worldwide. According to the company, the issue can strike when the unit is plugged into an electrical outlet, causing the AC/DC adapter to overheat. The gadget is safe to use while running on battery power however.

There have been no reports of fire, injury or property damage, Microsoft said. It also is working with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC is monitoring the situation according to commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese.

The company has not yet confirmed what replacement parts it plans to ship.

Source:
Yahoo (AP)

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8 user comments

128.8.2007 14:41
saltynuts
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this is yet another set back for M$.i really dont think.hardware is their thing.even though i love the 360 flaws and all.

228.8.2007 16:46

Now, if they could make the wheel smoke when you wreck, they could palm this off as a true to life simulation...

329.8.2007 8:01

They should just outsource all of their wireless peripherels to Logitech. Those guys do a darn good job. It's just not MS's bag.

429.8.2007 13:55

Originally posted by emugamer:
They should just outsource all of their wireless peripherels to Logitech. Those guys do a darn good job. It's just not MS's bag.
I can't recall ever having a problem with logitech hardware, they do know how to make some quality equipment.

531.8.2007 7:55

Yeah - my logitech wireless keyboard, mouse & xbox-1 pad rock!

62.9.2007 5:15

:D well while I use logitech Keybord and mouse and they work flawlessly Logitech Speakers have some special 'Features' :D there was a lot of RMA because of speakers working as a Radio (whats worse it would tune into 'Ruskaja Radio') here in Lithuania.

72.9.2007 13:27

Well one thing is for sure i wont be getting a Microsoft game system.

82.9.2007 13:52

Originally posted by borhan9:
Well one thing is for sure i wont be getting a Microsoft game system.
lol.. thats what i said when the xbox was originally announced... but they get inside you mind and make you do it... help me!! :)

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