Nintendo and Sony's console warranties are now more consumer friendly

PS4 warranty update

FTC Staff Warns Companies that it is Illegal to Condition Warranty Coverage on the Use of Specified Parts or Services

Nintendo has become the second gaming company to comply with the FTC's letter regarding hardware warranty policies.

In April, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) called out a handful of companies - including Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft - for illegally voiding people's warranties when they tried to fix their game consoles and electronics themselves. For example, warranty coverage now applies unless damage has been caused by use of unlicensed peripherals or by the product being opened.

Both Sony and Nintendo updated their policies as well. They gave the company 30 days to comply.

As tech enthusiasts, we've all come across "warranty void if removed" stickers. To reflect this, Sony changed the language used to describe its terms of warranty. Thanks to the FTC their illegal policy has been changed and using a third party to fix your Nintendo product won't be the basis for losing your warranty. They are very common on lots of electronic devices, ranging from games consoles, to PC parts and mobile devices. Thus, Sony would declare the warranty officially void.

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As for third-party repairs, "Our previous warranties stated that the warranty does not apply if the warranty seal on the product has been altered or removed".

So apparently this signifies is that these new provisions efficiently replace the published warranties you've got.

Sony has updated its warranty terms for PlayStation systems sold in the United States and Canada, and its seems that PlayStation 4 owners are now allowed to open up their console while still retaining warranty.

Nintendo's new warranty terms took a similar approach, saying that the warranty is void if the product is damaged or the software is intentionally modded - which actually appears to be a new limitation for Nintendo. "We are also further clarifying that the warranty does not apply to damage caused by users, third-party parts, or fix by third parties".

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