Xbox 360 Failure Rate as High as 33%?

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    bluebomberman

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    Is this for real?

     
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    MRU

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    If it's true then I must be very lucky. My launch 360 still going strong and my core 360 is working perfect too. So either I'm the 2/3 or that percentage is wrong. Who knows ?
     
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    Mines dead in the water at the moment. I really should get it sent off for repair.
     
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    Coded-Dude

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    You'll never get a straight answer from anybody.
    Microsoft would be committing suicide if they acknowledged/admitted such a high defect rate.

    We all know how much guff Sony got for DRE, which was way smaller than this defect rate.
     
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    hollerz

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    I know this means nothing but I've got 6 friends (including me) with 360's, 2 of them failed - Thats 33% :D

    Of course, one of them was mine so I'm bitter :p
     
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    The 360 I was given was a launch model and it's still working. Surely thats an Achievement?
    Apart from that every other 360 owner round here has got the Red Ring of Death at one point :eek:
     
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    sikkinixx

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    *knocks on wood* My launch 360 is still going strong! As long as it lasts me through Mass Effect and Halo 3 I am happy :D
     
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    Including myself, I don't know any 360 owners who haven't had to have their console repaired/replaced...
     
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    Cristian

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    I got mine in February and the disk tray is starting to mess up.
     
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    GFLPraxis

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    I know very, very few people in RL whose 360's have not failed. I'd believe it.

    One person took 1 year and 2 months. Heh.
     
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    GFLPraxis

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    I only know one who hasn't.
     
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    i've never had one go bad. cept when i dropped it once, but i should have expected that :D and no one i know has had one go bad.
     
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    Unlucky me, mine just messed up last week (It won't read any sort of disc anymore). Strangely, it did that the same day I bought my Wii, maybe it's some sort of allergic reaction!?
     
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    Mackilroy

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    Mine hasn't had a single issue, and I've had it since January 1, 2006.
     
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    oh and btw, when it says "recent history" isn't that like 5, 10 years at the most? and thats like 1 or 2 game generations... if its just 1 generation, then that means its less reliable than the Wii and PS3... something has to be.
     
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    2nyRiggz

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    I'm on my second box and as well as people I know.....I've seen so much failures and stories about it. MS will never announce that the machine has a proplem...people were reporting that there refurbish machine has an extra heat sink in it to keep it cool which is fine by me but MS still twist it up to make it seem as if its just updating the system.




    Bless
     
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    I hope all of this bad news for the 360 will eventually get Microsoft to confess to the problems and do a recall or install the new heatsinks. A pipe dream, perhaps, but I wouldn't mind my 360 being more up to date than my retarded August 2006 model that could use a better disc drive.

    I don't think I've personally met anybody with a broken 360, yet. Not that many of my friends have 360's, but I sometimes hang out at a gaming center here where they have 5 Xbox 360's and not a single one has been repaired or replaced. The place has been open since last spring. So, call me skeptical about broken 360's, but the Target warranty I got was affordable enough :)
     
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    I am on my 2nd 360 as my 1st began scratching and having problems reading disks. I have 3 friends who have had zero problems with theirs.
     
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    bluebomberman

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    Seems like the design is fundamentally flawed - doesn't sound like a few new heat sinks will help much. One has to wonder if Microsoft's lack of hardware experience outside of the original Xbox, the Zune (which is just a retrofitted Toshiba model, and it shows), mice and keyboards is really hurting them here.

    The last time I went through repair hell was with a Dell Inspiron 3800 laptop - several motherboard replacements didn't help because the motherboard design was flawed from the very beginning.
     
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    I retuned mine to costco just because I was scared it would die. I had one of the early ones.
     
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    i could believe that stat.. i just shipped off my third one. and i barely play it. maybe thats the problem! it always seems as though when i go to play it after a few months of not, it just doesn't work:eek: :mad:
     
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    I used to manage a Gamecrazy and I can tell you I've had a few graveyards of defective 360s in my backroom I've had to warranty out. The fun times are when the replacement 360 dies on the owner. Outside of games, performance, and online play the 360 by its own merits as an engineered consumer product is a turd.
     
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    seenew

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    It's because of this that I'm scared to buy one-- still. I thought surely after this long they'd be working consistently. But nope.

    I'll probably cave for Halo 3 around Christmas. All then a slew of other games I've been dying to play.
     
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    michaelltd

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    I must be very lucky.

    I'm still on my first one that I recieved in December 2005.

    Once in a while, though, I will get a "disc not readable" message ( Has happened maybe 6 times since I got it ) or on a very rare occation, the game would freeze (Happened maybe 3 times since I got it), but I've luckily never gotten the red ring of death.
     
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    Whereas I don't know a single person who has :confused: Maybe we're stealing all your luck :D
     

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