This autumn, Microsoft acknowledged that a glitch in the Xbox's online update system damaged a small number of customers' consoles before the problem was quickly fixed. At least one customer has sued over the incident. But Microsoft spokeswoman Molly O'Donnell said the new warranty was not a response to that case or any other repair claims.
The warranty boost is retroactive, too. As a result, anyone who has paid to have their 360 repaired that have owned it for less than a year will get reimbursed.