The weekend before Thanksgiving, my Xbox 360 once again died with the dreaded three light Red Ring of Death hardware failure. This is a problem that has plagued the original Xbox 360 and is the third time my Xbox has failed since 2006. It’s been such a problem for users that Microsoft extended the Xbox 360 warranty to 3 years to deal with these issues.
I’ve never really worried about warranties for electronic devices mostly because by the time they break, they’re already obsolete. In most cases, they’re pretty much disposable.
However, in the case of the Xbox 360, the game console industry has changed. The Kinect accessory has given the Xbox 360 new life and is unlikely to be replaced any time soon.
Because of this, I faced the choice of purchasing a new one or having the six year old Xbox 360 fixed.
Because the Red Ring of Death is so pervasive, a number of Xbox repair places have sprung up on the internet. I chose a place Videogamerepairservice.com and decided to try it since it was very low risk- only $49.99 for repair with free return shipping and a one year warranty.
I purchased the repair online and shipped it to them in Pennsylvania on Monday Nov. 21st and received it back yesterday Nov. 30, nine days later. Nine days is incredibly fast because it includes four days of transit and the Thanksgiving weekend.
I plugged Xbox in and it works! We’ll see how long it works, but I was very impressed with the speed of service I received from Videogamerepairservice.com