Sony’s had a mighty bit of good PR lately for its PlayStation 3, as PS Vault ran the PS3 through an awfully hazardous stress test, and the console came out with nary a scratch. They ran it for 108 hours under normal conditions, 108 hours in a freezer van (as low as zero degrees) and 108 hours in a sauna (100-120 degrees), and the damn thing didn’t break or falter except in the slightest. I’m not sure if anyone’s (older) Xbox 360 has been subjected to the same conditions, or if it could survive.
The official PlayStation blog is enjoying the good attention, saying, “A lot of noise has been made recently about the reliability issues of one of our competitor’s systems”. It’s a shame that after an incredible first year showing and building a nice lead, Microsoft is getting killed by these reliability problems. It’s a shame that they didn’t catch these problems before the console was released, even more of a shame that they made mistake after mistake trying to fix it in the last 21 months.
Microsoft has been dragging their feet on the 65 nm update to the 360’s core processors, when the update could have saved them a billion dollars in warranty charges and terrible PR. If only they had put their priorities in the right place, they wouldn’t be in this situation. I’d hate to see the 360 give up its lead to the PS3 because of this screw-up, but they made the mistakes, now they have to live with the consequences.
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