Top 5 Biggest Console Fails of all Time

Dave Cook  15 July 2012

Red ring of death, vapourware and hacking scandals discussed and ridiculed in our rundown of the top five console fails of all time

Over the years gamers have bared witness to the launch and death of countless game consoles. Some survive a generation, while others fail hard due to a huge list of problems. There are even those who were dead before they hit stores.

Join us as we run down the five biggest console fails, and remember, we’re not saying these consoles are failures, we’re simply highlighting fails associated with them. There’s a difference.

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