Alas, I’ve been twice cursed by game console malfunctions. The first hit last month when my PlayStation 3 suffered the Yellow Light of Death. The second befell me just last week. My Xbox 360 decided to “Red Ring” on me. Xbox owners, how many of you has this happened to?
It’s a tragic tale, but at least the good folks at Microsoft are nice enough to repair my system for free. The Red Ring of Death – a symptom of the most common Xbox 360 failures – is under warranty for three years, instead of the single year warranty given to other Xbox 360 issues. It’s a good thing, too.
While it’s absolutely devastating to lose my preferred system, it looks like I’ll only be without it for a week or two. Microsoft is sending a box and a prepaid label for me to ship the console to them. There’s something just plain wonderful about that kind of customer support.
My main focus at the moment has been ‘StarCraft II,’ so it’s as good a time as any to lose the console. The biggest downside, in all honesty, is that I currently have nothing in the apartment that will play Netflix movies on my television. The PS3 is still broken, the 360 is down, and there’s nothing else that will let me stream movies on the big screen.
It’s more than a little annoying. This is the second time I’ve had to send back an Xbox 360 for RROD issues. I’ve got a bad feeling that it’s not going to be the last, either. One of my friends has sent three back now, and I’ve heard of people on their tenth Xbox 360.
So how about you? Have you had to deal with the dreaded red rings? Are you one of those that still has a launch system, or are you on your third (or more) Xbox already?