Report: 360 More Reliable, Repairs Less Frequent

According to data released by third-party warranty providers SquareTrade, since the mid-point of 2008 the Xbox 360's reliability has improved out of sight.

Now, before we go any further, know this: we have our doubts when it comes to SquareTrade. A third-party warranty provider? Who nobody had ever heard of until they released some selective statistics? This isn't exactly hard science.

Then again, when Microsoft (or major retailers, for that matter) refuse to disclose official figures on the subject, outlets like SquareTrade are all we've got. So take these figures with a grain of salt and jump on in.

Interestingly, to go with the 360 figures, SquareTrade also said that while 23.7% of their 360-owning customer base reported a system failure, only 10% of PS3 users and a miniscule 2.7% of Wii users had any problems.

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    Sorry but I'd like to question the validity of the claim that the 360 is now more reliable based on this data.

    The chart is going by the date of item sale, making it almost pointless in analysing short-term declines as this is entirely EXPECTED. I mean honestly, a console which I purchased 1 month ago is OBVIOUSLY less likely to have RROD'd than a console which I purchased 1 year ago with identical hardware -- this is common sense. The fail rate will rise as time progresses -- this is common sense.

    This article is analogous to saying that the rate of RRODs in 360s is 0% because none of the ones which were sold today have red ringed yet.

    Now don't get my wrong, I have owned my 360 since 2007 and it hasn't failed me in the slightest yet, but this article's claim that the chart indicates a decline in the rate of RRODs in newer consoles just isn't valid.

      Jasper has been out for a fair while, I'd believe it coming in under their predicted failure trends. The data would be more useful if it showed from launch, but it is data and not gut-feeling.

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