I recently received a rather morbid phone call from a good friend, telling me that his 5th console had come to its end. Coincidently this happened while I was compiling an article discussing console failure rates over the last year. While some might suggest that this is no coincidence considering the statistics regarding the slightly older 360 models, it did get me thinking.
What happens to those broken consoles that have gone beyond their warranty period? In my head I’m seeing 360 shaped paperweights, fish tanks, modern art wall mountings and a far off place where condemned consoles and left socks gather to escape their former masters.
Could this be true, how many gamers out there simply buy a new console, since repairs would cost them close to that of a brand new purchase? I have been relatively fortunate (touch wood) when it comes to this, as my current 360 is only my second which was replaced during its warranty coverage, however statistics show that its really just a matter of time. Sure the numbers tell us that the new slim models are more reliable, but what happens to those faithful Xbot’s that time forgot, are they simply forced to get with the times and buy a new more reliable console, one that will actually perform the way the original was promised to?
This article is dedicated to the memory of (Xbox360) Betty: 2008-2011. R.I.P old friend.
Scource: my brain via Dev’s pain
Last Updated: April 15, 2011