"I hope I'm not already broken!" - "Me too, me too..." (Credit: TomEppy)
Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the water (read: power up and play your Xbox 360 after a disastrous bout with the Red Rings of Death), you may want to reconsider dipping that gaming toe.
A new fear surrounding Xbox 360 malfunctioning is beginning to surface, with a number of users of the Xbox.com general discussion board revealing a video failure problem that they're experiencing - strangely enough - all at the same time.
Symptoms of the defect include the screen blacking out, with white dots appearing all over it. Some posters also report that green shadows plague their television displays (one of the common signs of video card failure). The audio, they claim, remains unaffected. For the majority of those complaining, the incidents started while they were playing Forza Motorsport 2 - insert ominous music.
Many have tried to diagnose the root cause of the problem, focusing on the various cables attached to their consoles; but whether using high or standard-definition cables, the same worrying situation of a display blackout occurs.
Others have supposed that the problems are being caused by the hardware component layout within the Xbox 360, blaming its poor orientation as the cause of limited ventilation - and perhaps the subsequent video faults. A few also mention the possibility of an Xbox Live
update glitch, which may explain the reason why these people experienced the black screen around the same time.
Is this the start of another massive hardware headache for Microsoft?