Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console has a staggering 16.4 percent chance of breaking down. The failure rate for PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles, by comparison, is only 3 percent.

Electronics warranty trading firm SquareTrade investigated 1000 warranty claims submitted for the Xbox 360. Sixty percent of these failures were due to the Xbox's now famous 'Red Ring of Death'.

According to SquareTrade CEO Steve Abernethy the 16.4 percent failure rate will increase over time because many malfunctions are due to overheating

Last year, Microsoft extended the Xbox 360's warranty from one year to three to cover problems related to the Red Ring of Death.

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