Originally Posted by confidenceman
This generation's consoles were pieces of crap out of the gate. Sony's was only slightly
better than MS's, but both are highly prone to failure. Sucks, but you're far from the only one. The newer iterations of both HD consoles are much more reliable than they used to be. But this late in the cycle, I'd just wait it out until the next consoles arrive.
As for me, I'm going to be much more reserved about buying the next shiny new console. I'll stick with what I have, and probably supplement with a PC for a year or two. The console manufacturers are trying to ride the line on what they think is an "acceptable" failure rate, and I don't think that will change for the next generation.
The issue the manufacturers with "acceptable" failure rate also has to do with early system stability. Early X360 had such as high failure rate that Microsoft did a lot of improvement on the slim mode. Sony is opposite because early PS3 had lower failure rate and stripped the latest model 3000 to barebone (anything Sony could take out or reduced smaller were taken out). Big question is what "acceptable" failure rate on model 3000 after a year later (by Fall, we should know)? Even today, you still see PS3 fanboys insist to use the early X360 poor reliability to compare to slim PS3. Of course, X360 will look bad. Why not use slim X360 reliability compared to slim PS3?
I'm also most curious about the slim model 3000 reliability after a year later. The model was introduced last Fall and between Fall and Spring, the temperature was cooler. Now it's getting into hot summer and I like to know if the reduced cooling, ie. smaller fan is enough to prevent any overheating. Still have to wait pass summer or fall to have enough data.
Second is Sony took out all but one LED for the hard drive activity. What will the console do on failure? Does the single hard drive LED change to different color?
Actually, it will be more interesting to see Wii U reliability when it comes out. The system will be using around X360 CPU tech. Even with the latest manufacturing tech, I don't see how Nintendo can keep the tiny case cool. Nintendo already required the Wii U console to only sit on the side only. Obviously that is to ensure the tiny fan vents don't get blocked but that still doesn't answer how well the system can stay cool when running the console at high load games (Mario alike games don't count). So far, Nintendo is saying nothing about it which suggest they don't want you to know.