Sunday February 26, 2017

Video Game Industry Is Lobbying against Your Right to Repair Consoles

Another staunch opponent of the right-to-repair bills that are hitting Nebraska, New York, and other states is the video game industry. Companies that include Sony and Microsoft have more than once demonstrated an ineptitude for producing stable consoles, so it may be concerning that they are not only subjecting owners to technical difficulties but making it more difficult than necessary to repair them. Needless to say, this is all about easy profits.

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آ…both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 have "signature failures" that affected huge numbers of devices: The "Yellow Line of Death" and the "Red Ring of Death," respectively. Sony charged $200 for a refurbished device. Microsoft replaced many Red Ring of Death Xbox 360 devices free of charge, which is laudable. However, the actual fix for the problem was both cheap and easily done by independent companies or even consumers. What was a massive ordeal for customers and the company could have potentially been much easier if independent repair had been supported.