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News hardware & software 07 October 2021, 13:33

author: Miriam Moszczynska

Youtuber Stacks Broken PS4s Demanding Right to Repair

An American youtuber stacked a tower of forty-two PlayStation 4 consoles to draw attention to the serious problem of not having the right to repair electronic devices.

Youtuber TronicsFix, who boasts a channel with nearly a million subscribers, recently posted a video in which he gathered sixty-two PlayStation 4 consoles and was going to stack them on top of each other. He only succeeded with forty-two units, after which the structure collapsed. TronicsFix thus wants to draw attention to the problematic issue of repairing electronic devices, including consoles.

As Steve (the channel's host) says, if a console or other device from a major manufacturer breaks down, we can't really do anything about it. The only remaining repair shops that can try to salvage the broken device. Why's that? Because producers are not obliged to provide consumers with any repair manuals, construction diagrams or spare parts for their products.

Such situations are to be prevented by the "right to repair", which has been proposed among others by NGOs in the USA.. In short, it is supposed to change the rule by 180 degrees, thus enabling consumers to repair their devices on their own. However introduction of such law is not as simple as it may seem, because it is associated with losses for manufacturers, who will not longer be able to force us to buy a new device, but will simply provide a repair scheme or necessary parts.

You can read more about why this law should be introduced and how important it is in terms of consumer welfare on The Repair Association's website.