“A Chicago man who bought Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox 360 has sued the world’s largest software maker, saying the new video game console has a design flaw that causes it to overheat and freeze up,” Reuters reports. “The proposed class action claims that in Microsoft’s bid to gain share in the $25 billion global video game market, the company was so intent on releasing the Xbox 360 before competing next-generation machines from Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co Ltd. that it sold a ‘defectively designed’ product.”

“Robert Byers, who brought the suit, said the power supply and central processing unit in the Xbox 360 overheat, affecting heat-sensitive chips and causing the console to lock up… Complaints about the problem surfaced quickly on gaming enthusiast Web sites after the Xbox 360 debuted on November 22,” Reuters reports. “The lawsuit, filed on Friday in federal court in Illinois, seeks unspecified damages and litigation-related expenses, as well as the replacement or recall of Xbox 360 game consoles.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers “pathare,” “Fred Mertz,” and “Sailfish” for the heads ups.]

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Aw, that’s too bad for Microsoft, isn’t it? cool smirk

They should’ve put “may constantly freeze-up and or overheat” in the Xbox 360 EULA. Hey, a similar tactic works to protect Microsoft from Windows’ flaws, doesn’t it?

Wait! What’s that? Ah, the glorious schadenfreude washes over us in ever-increasing waves with no end in sight!

[Note: Epicaricacy should generally be avoided unless the misfortune is Microsoft’s, of course. So absolved, revel with us!]

Now, if only Sony would pull its collective head out of its orifice, we could recommend waiting for the PlayStation 3. Alas, the Sony boycott continues. As it is, check out what’s known about the Nintendo Revolution, coming April 2006-ish, maybe?

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