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U.K. Retailer GAME Ceases Sales of Pre-Owned Xbox 360s Due to ‘High Failure Rate’

by Killian Bell | September 6, 2011September 6, 2011 6:00 am PDT

Xbox 360 with "red ring of death"U.K. retailer GAME has ceased sales of older Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles thanks to their “high failure rates.” You can continue to trade-in the consoles for cash or in-store credit, but you’ll no longer be able to purchase pre-owned Core, Arcade, or the 20GB non-HDMI Xbox consoles.

The ban applies to both GAME and its Gamestation sister stores. A spokesperson for the retailer issued a statement to Eurogamer in which it had initially claimed that sales would stop simply due to a lack of interest. However, an internal memo, which has since been leaked, reveals the truth behind its ban:

“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.

“We will continue to trade these consoles in but they will need to be sent back to the DC as a regular faulty return where they will exit the business.”

It’s no surprise to me that GAME had discontinued older Xbox 360s. In fact, I’m quite surprised it took the retailer this long. I owned a number of original Xbox consoles before I moved over to the PlayStation: two of which ended up with the infamous “red ring of death.” The problem was so widespread that in 2007, Microsoft decided it would extend the warranty program for Xbox consoles affected by the issue, and put aside more than $1 billion to repair faulty machines.

Are you sad that you’ll no longer be able to pick up an older Xbox console, or are you glad that you can no longer pick up an unreliable machine so easily?

[via Pocket-lint]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...