If you’ve ever faced issues with your game consoles, you know that the process of repairing that console can be a tricky and long term expensive journey. It’s difficult finding the best option of repair to choose due to the fact that most of us playing games aren’t technological geniuses. We don’t know exactly what’s wrong with our console, or how to fix it, so we have to put the repair of our prized possession in the hands of other people who usually want a lot of money for it.
Luckily for you, there are a multitude of options to consider when needing game console repairs. It all depends on the severity of the console damage, how it happened, what you’re willing to spend, and what outcome you expect from the repair. In many cases, you can even get your game console fixed for completely free, so don’t automatically run to an independent console repair shop as soon as your console breaks down.
In order to figure out what your best options are, ask yourself the following questions:
- What exact issues are you having with your game console?
- Did these issues happen abruptly, with no physical elements caused by your use affecting the console?
- How recent did these issues start appearing after you purchased your console?
- What elements physically damaged your console?
- Did you purchase a warranty with your console?
- Are you willing to spend $50 or more with the repair of your console?
- How long are you willing to wait to receive a fixed console?
After answering these questions, follow this guide to figure out what options you have that are best suited for your game console repair.
- If an abrupt issue happened with the software in the console recently after original purchase… you may have the chance to get free repair services, or possibly even a new console exchange directly from the producers of the console. This is due to the fact that the company is taking responsibility for the software issues your console is having. In most cases, it’s more helpful if you purchased a warranty with your console, but sometimes you can get free service without the purchase of a warranty.
The down side to free repair services is that the company may take weeks, or even months, repairing or exchanging your console. You must be patient if you choose this repair option.
- If your issue seems to be directly caused by the game console producers, but you don’t want to wait a long period to get your console back…
unfortunately for you, in most cases, it takes weeks or even months to receive a repaired or exchanged console directly from the production company. Your best option in this case is spending some money to get it repaired in an independent game console repair shop, and even then, it may take a couple weeks to repair. If the issues can’t be repaired, you may have to purchase an entirely new console.
- If your answers to any of these questions involve physical damage to the console that you caused even by accident…you’re not getting a free ride. Game companies state that they will not allow the free repair or exchange of a console if physical damage has been made to the console not having direct correlation with the building, programming, or distribution of the company. These rules are the same even if a warranty was purchased.
If you’re willing to spend money getting repair to your console using the services of an independent game console repair shop, expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200.