Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

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Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:30 pm

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console – according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).
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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby bubba » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:52 pm

and I thought cell phone failure rate was high. saw somewhere something like 14-15% in a 12 month life.
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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby HONkUS » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:59 pm

When I got my 360 I immediately spent $10 on a USB powered notebook cooler and its helped keep the console noticeably cooler to the touch. As long as you don't stand it on it's side (doing so blocks a heat vent) or lay it down on carpet (thick carpet insulates) and use a fan driven laptop cooler you should be alright.

Although the fact that you have to pamper your console at all is crazy to begin with. Back in the day my sister and I used to keep our NES on for weeks at a time because our Zelda game wouldn't hold a save once the power turned off and we never had any problems. While the 360 is many many times more powerful then the original NES my point is that the NES was designed to function properly where as the 360 apparently is not.

Years from now maybe the 360 will be used as a business example on how cutting corners to save money can end up costing you more then you think.

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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby Skippman » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:02 pm

Never had a problem with either of my X360's. :-k

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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby Velo:Sity » Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:17 pm

That's an incredibly big number. If that's true, it surprises me that I haven't heard of any lawsuits...

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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby Sporg » Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:55 pm

Interesting, I haven't had any issues with my x360, but I rarely use it. I've considered popping the case and doing some custom cooling though - those fans in there are freaking loud!
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Re: Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Postby InspectahACE » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:19 pm

good thing I didn't buy one then..almost did..I'm a bit shocked MS would allow it to go that high..console speaking wise anyway
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