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RROD comes back to haunt Microsoft and old Xbox 360 owners

As we all look forward to Microsoft unveiling a new Xbox gaming console at hopefully some point next year, we have some interesting news to share with you now, as it has been revealed that a few UK retailers have decided to stop selling pre-owned old Xbox 360 models due to their poor failure rate, otherwise known as the infamous RROD.

Both of the well known game trailers in the UK, GAME and Gamestation have both applied a new rule as of September 3rd according to a report by Eurogamer. The new rule will affect the old Xbox 360 Core, Arcade and 20GB non-HDMI models, although both retailers will still accept trade-ins of these models.

This will be pretty irrelevant to Xbox 360 owners since most have the newer model now which comes with fresh hardware less-prone to the red ring of death, but the following statement from Gamestation is an interesting read nevertheless.

“As of Saturday 3rd September we will not be selling Pre-owned Xbox 360 Cores, Arcades and 20GB non HDMIs. This is due to the high failure rate of the console and the difficulty and cost of repairing them. ”

Will this raise an eyebrow or two in the offices of Microsoft HQ we wonder? Probably not since the problems with RROD and old Xbox 360 models are already well documented, especially with the inevitable introduction of the Xbox 720 on the way, which will surely do away with the likelihood of a RROD-like situation for good.

Sony too had their problems with a yellow light on some of the older fat PS3 models, but there were no mention of these models being included in GAME and Gamestations new pre-owned policy.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is common sense by the retailers? From our point of view, you would have to be pretty crazy to buy a pre-owned Xbox 360 now anyway, especially since the price of a new console is very reasonable at the moment.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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