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DonFerrari said:
twintail said:

It took nearly a year before these reports started actually becoming a real thing, and even then it was unclear how widespread the problem actually was. MS didn't know what the problem was for a good few months.

Hindsight is 50/50 but they would have required a whole year of extra testing to test for something they would not have even been anticipating in the first place.

They thought they had a readily functioning console from the tests they had done and thought it was ok to launch. Its not about rushing, or incompetence, just bad luck. 

Sorry, bad luck doesn't explain 50% fail rate.

Yea, the 360 was definitely a poorly designed system.  I think rushing it out to launch to be ahead of the PS3 had something to do with it.  It took them several chipsets to finally solve RROD completely.  It probably wasn't the smartest idea to make the console concave, causing heat to stay right next to the chip.  And then you had the lack of any DVD drive stabilization, which resulted in scratched discs, even if the system wasn't touched.  If you did touch it, it would destroy the discs.  Power-wise it was good, but when it came to reliability in the first couple of models, and disc drives for all models, it sucked.