Xbox 360 Red Ring Of Death
The Xbox 360 can be subject to a number of technical problems. Since the console’s release in 2005, the product earned note in the press questioning its reliability and failure rate of the early consoles.
To aid customers with defective consoles, Microsoft has extended the Xbox 360’s manufacturer’s warranty to three years for general failure errors.
Since these problems surfaced, design modifications have been made to the console to improve reliability. All consoles manufactured after June 2007 have extensive revisions from the earliest units. Modifications include a reduction in the number, size and placement of components, including modifications to the mounting methodology, and a second GPU heatsink to dissipate more heat.
In February 2008 a 3rd party warranty firm, SquareTrade, made a press release concerning the 1040 Xbox 360 customers they had sold warranties. They found that 171 consoles (16.4%) were returned under warranty as “disabled”, of those 60% were reported as general hardware failure.