I got back my Xbox 360 today. To be more accurate, Microsoft sent back to me another Xbox 360 which I’m hoping doesn’t break on me again.
The odds were very low that I would get back my own 360 in a repaired state. The options I faced were either getting a completely new console (the latest Jasper revision) or one that had been broken but since repaired. Obviously the former choice was more desirable as the Jasper revision ran cooler, consumed less power, and had all the advantages of a redesign of some 360 internal components. Also, I was hoping to get, at the very least, a console with an HDMI port that was not present on my first 360.
Unfortunately, none of what I wanted appeared on my repaired console. I essentially got back a first generation Xbox 360 that had previously died somehow and then repaired using who knows what kind of procedure. I actually don’t know what they did to fix this console. Considering the first Xbox 360s had a serious design flaw, I’m curious how they fixed that problem with a repair.
My “new” console no longer has a “manufacturing date” on the back. Instead, it now has a “service date”, which means the day it was brought back to life from whatever felled it in the first place. My 360 was revived on the last day of July of this year.
They extended the warranty of my console for another three months. If it decides to red ring on me again in December, I’m out of luck. On the other hand, they did give me a free month of Xbox Live.
I spent most of this evening finally playing games on my new TV. It was most pleasant.