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Comment: Re:problems due to unreasonable design (Score 1) 607

by fondue (#29159733) Attached to: Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

Microsoft have never admitted to a design fault in the early revisions (at least the first 11m units shipped) of the Xbox 360, because this would open them up to a class action law suit. The warranty extension they were eventually forced to roll out is worded to make no mention of the cause of failure - simply that the RROD error code must be triggered. If Microsoft officially acknowledge that their design was faulty, and that virtually ALL the machines they shipped in the first year WILL break with prolonged use, they would be looking at compensation and a product recall. The fact that they earmarked $1.1bn for the warranty extension gives some indication of the greater cost that a recall (and being ordered to scrap the faulty stock) would have incurred.

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