Blocked ventilation holes on Xbox 360?
Some observant readers have written in wondering if any of the possible Xbox 360 heating issues could be linked to what appears to be "unpopped" ventilation holes on the console itself (see above).
We examined our own Xbox 360 and found it to have "unpunched" holes on the vents as well. After an exclusive, in-depth investigation, Xbox 360 Fanboy found that all Xbox 360s have the same pattern of unpopped vent openings.
Bottom-line: While it does look like a random pattern, it is consistent across all examined Xboxes and does not appear to be any kind of manufacturing flaw.