PS3 Comes With One-Year Warranty
One of the biggest issues that faces just about any console launch is the presence of unreliable hardware units. The PS2 had its fair share of difficulties in the first few months, and everyone remembers the "red button of death" for the Xbox 360's launch units. Therefore, it's no surprise that more than a few prospective PS3 owners are concerned about possible hardware failure.
And if that's the case, warranties are sure to be a big sell come Friday. Stores like GameStop/EB generally offer 1-year ESAs (Extended Service Agreement) for a price, and that's expected to be an awfully valuable option. However, will it be an arbitrary option?
In a recent Q&A at IGN, a question regarding the PS3 warranty was raised (see bottom of page). Now, check out the response:
"The warranty info that came with our retail unit states the PS3 hardware is guaranteed against mechanical defects for one year. So yeah, not too shabby."Huh? Most manufacturer warranties go for 60 or 90 days, but one full year? Well, the PSP had that one-year warranty, so maybe it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. If it's true, it ruins one of the biggest profit-makers for GameStop/EB, and is quite the unexpected gift for PS3 owners. Of course, it's not exactly "official," but if it's 100% true, that's just good news for everyone.
11/13/2006 Ben Dutka