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Xbox 360′s failure rate at 54.2%, Game Informer survey finds

According to a reader survey by Game Informer (via The Consumerist), 54.2 percent of Xbox 360s have crashed and burned, meaning that — conversely — 45.8 percent have yet to see the red, glowing face of untimely death. PS3 and Wii, meanwhile, cause far fewer headaches, sporting failure rates of 10.6 percent and 6.8 percent, […]

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Red Ring Of Death headlines

  • "The worst is behind us," says Greenberg on RROD issues

    Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg seems to think that the RROD days will soon just be a horrible memory in the history of gaming. Speaking in an interview with Edge, the Microsoft bossman says, “We’ve improved that [repair] process. It’s very quick, and they may upgrade your system with the latest technology. So that works really well. […]

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  • VentureBeat posts exhaustive history of Xbox 360 tech problems

    VentureBeat’s posted a lengthy article going into depth on Xbox 360′s red ring of comedy woes. Snip: Microsoft replaced these machines for free under the warranty that it announced on July 5, 2007, for defective Xbox 360s exhibiting what it more politely called the “three flashing red lights.” That warranty program cost Microsoft up to […]

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  • £500m bill for Xbox red ring of death

    Oh dear. English newspaper The Daily Mirror is reporting that Xbox 360 Elite consoles are also suffering from the now infamous RroD. The report also says that Microsoft will face a £500 million bill to rectify the problem, although we’re assuming that’s just the $1 billion figure approximated on the warrantee extension last year. Microsoft […]

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  • The reason behind 360's RROD: "Microsoft wanted to avoid an ASIC vendor"

    Speaking at the Design Automation Conference in California this week, Bryan Lewis, research vice president and chief analyst at Gartner, said that the reason Microsoft was forced to admit Xbox 360′s hardware faults and spend $1 billion on a recall was because the firm wanted to avoid paying a third party to help make the […]

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  • 360 failure rate is probably higher than 16%, says warrantee firm

    According to this, SquareTrade, the company that made headlines earlier this month for claiming that Xbox 360 has a hardware failure rate of around 16 percent, has now made a statement saying the actual figure it likely to be higher. Because of the date range studied, SquareTrade said it was unlikely that any modified 360s […]

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  • 16% Xbox 360 failure rate is "suspect", says Microsoft

    Microsoft’s responded to a warranty firm that claimed that 16 percent of Xbox 360s it covered end up broken, based on a sample of 1,000 machines. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft wasn’t exactly impressed. “We have not seen the report, and are unfamiliar with the agency that filed it,” said a spokesperson, here. “Based on the enthusiast community’s […]

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  • Xbox 360 failure rate at 16%, says report

    According to this, warrantee firm SquareTrade has reported that, based on 1,000 warrantees, Xbox 360 has a current failure of 16.4 percent, 60 percent of which is the much-publicised red ring of death issue. SquareTrade CEO Steve Abernethy added a cheery note to the findings: “It is reasonable to believe these failure rates will increase […]

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