Microsoft Offers Comfort, Warranty Coverage To Xbox E74 Error VictimsS

For dazed, RRoD-weary Xbox users, hearing that there's one more way that your console might die on you was almost too much to bear. Thankfully, Microsoft has announced that these latest victims are covered, even retroactively.

From Redmond, via Kotaku:

While the majority of Xbox 360 owners continue to have a great experience with their console, we are aware that a very small percentage of our customers have reported receiving an error that displays "E74" on their screen. After investigating the issue, we have determined that the E74 error message can indicate the general hardware failure that is associated with three flashing red lights error on the console. As a result, we have decided to cover repairs related to the E74 error message under our three-year warranty program for certain general hardware failures that was announced in July 2007.

Apparently the program will also reimburse anyone who previously paid for E74 repairs. Having to address another hardware fiasco may further solidify the Xbox 360's reputation as a comically goof-prone console, but at least Microsoft is doing their users right on this one. [Kotaku]