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Xbox 360 failure rate could rise, warns warranty firm

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments

US warranty company Square Trade has blasted the reliability of the Xbox 360. In news which will surprise few Xbox owners, it reveals the console’s failure rate to be substantially higher than rival consoles, at 16.4 per cent, and hints it could rise higher. Over half of failures are caused by the Red Rings of Death (RROD). This compares to a 3 per cent failure rate for the Wii and PS3.
According to Square trade, an Xbox 360 should be kept vertical for best airflow and cooling, in order to prevent an untimely demise. Square Trade says that the failure rate is actually comparable to other consumer products, which typically reach around 15 per cent after three or four years of use. The most unreliable products tend to be laptops, with the most reliable being CRT TVs.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade · Video games

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