Microsoft extends Xbox warranty

by Paul Jay, CBC News Online

Holiday shopping for gaming consoles has been pushed to new heights by the arrival of the PS3 and Wii this fall. Both consoles also had an advantage over the Microsoft Xbox 360 in the United States and Canada: A longer warranty.

Microsoft moved to correct that on Friday, announcing a retroactive extension of the Xbox 360 warranty from three months to a year.

The new warranty matches that of the PS3 and Wii, though Nintendo also offers a further free 90-day warranty for customers who register on Nintendo's website.

Consumers in the United States and Canada who paid out-of-pocket expenses for Xbox 360 hardware troubles will be eligible for reimbursement of repair charges, according to Microsoft.

The announcement comes after an online petition was posted online asking the company to extend the warranty.

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