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Well we ended up getting a Slim as a gift. So that decision was made for us. And we LOVE it! Not for any practical reasons but mostly because it's new and TINY. It's also a big plus that it's free. We ended up moving the old 60gb to the bedroom and are passing off our previous bedroom 40gig to the gift givers.
A am still torn on the backwards compatibility. I don't have a HUGE PS2 library I want to play. It's basically two franchises. Kingdom Hearts and God of War. I play both of those often enough that I want backwards compatibiliy. With the God of War compilation half of my worry is gone, and by moving it in the bedroom I still have the option to play Kingdom Hearts should I get the urge. Other than those two series, I only have the Lunar remakes from the PS1 that I occasionally like to play every few years or so. I love that series but I'm not that fond of the changes in the PS1 versions, so I'll probably stick to firing up the old SegaCD when that itch comes along. What's weird about the backwards compatibility debates, is someone always suggests a PS2. It makes me feel incredibly weird, I have a PS2! I guess I'm the only PS2 owner who detests the idea of still leaving it connected when I've upgraded my console. I feel like my PS3 would, should and could play these games and that I've moved on from the PS2 days. Plus we have limited shelf space in the living room (HD Tivo, PS3, 360 and Wii all sharing three shelves). I guess it's knowing that there's no practical reason I can't play my PS2 games on my PS3 that really irks me. Sony's had trouble getting people to buy PS3 games and instead of focusing on and creating compelling titles for the library, they instead hinder backwards compatibility. I guess these are the usual points, it's just bizarre to me. When I bought my console at launch B/C was one of the bigger selling points that it had over MS and I feel somewhat betrayed now. They sure didn't have a problem taking trash at the competition when they had better B/C, now that the tables have turned it's just a bit hard to swallow.
But that's all besides the point. Thanks for your input and thoughtful responses though! And great job on fixing your TV. That sort of stuff intimidates me way too much. I did manage to find a "fix" for my 60gig PS3 along the same lines. After doing a bit of investigation I found out that 1 1/2 of my USB ports still work. The first port works most of the time, and the third port works about half the time. What scared me is that plugging them in causes all sorts of horrible scraping noise and you can literally see the pins in there being mangled. So I hopped on eBay and bought a USB hub for about $3. I plugged it into the first port and it works, I figure as long as I don't unplug it I should be good for the life of the console! And now I have four ports again. It's not an ideal solution, now I have this ugly sparkly grey cable permanently sticking out of the front of my console… but saving $147 is worth that price! Not quite as adventurous as your solution, but it made me feel proud! lol How'd your TV repair go?
good point on the B/C deal. At least, at the beginning anyway, they had B/C available on the 60GB models. I still remember the cartidge days. You didn't have any built in B/C then lol. I'm sure a lot of people would have loved the SNES to play NES games :P
also, TV repair went great, TV works wonderfully now, and even starts up faster than it used to. My new capacitors are 6,000 hour caps, so hopefully they'll last longer. There are a few more on the power board that could potentially go out, but until they start causing problems, I'm not too concerned about it. Whole repair took about 30 mins, including taking the rear panel off and removing the power supply, replacing the caps and putting it all back together
Actually Xbox 360 Failure Rate Reaches 54%
A new survey published in Game Informer\'s print edition indicates the Xbox 360 failure rate has climbed to a shocking 54.2%. The magazine surveyed nearly 5000 readers, asking them about their experience dealing with broken consoles.
Here are their findings:
Console failure rate
Xbox 360 – 54.2%
Playstation 3 – 10.6%
Wii – 6.8%
Percentage of console owners who suffered a second hardware failure after the original repair.
Xbox 360 – 41.2%
Playstation 3 – 14.7%
Wii – 11%
Percentage of people who rate their customer service experience \"very helpful\"
Nintendo – 56.1%
Sony – 51.1%
Microsoft – 37.7%
Percentage of respondents whose friends have had console hardware failures.
Xbox 360 – 69.9%
Playstation 3 – 12.4%
Wii – 6%
thats just with 5000 people though. A warranty firm would have much higher numbers to work with, thus a better sample of the overall install base
New story: CNET UK: 60 percent of Xbox 360s have broken (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6240452.html?tag=late…..es;title;1)
It seems that there were only 2,500 Xbox\'s this time.
Yeah, I saw that one a while ago Luke. If Microsoft wasn\'t so good at quickly fixing the 360s, a lot of people would get angry. Meh, people are angry as it is. I\'m lucky to have none of my systems ever fail.
Thought it was PS3 – 11%
My friends 360\'s all died…..lol
I know that they say the box has a really high failure rate, which in all fairness it does haha :']
I spent the last 5 months (of it's life) trying to kill my 360 so I could get it fixed for free/replaced as my guarantee was running out soon … in the end i just payed for a replacement device by braking the disk drive haha :']
I honestly think I might have had the only indestructible 360 around … i even put water in it's vents :']
One of the many reasons why I won't get a 360. Had a chance to buy one for $150 but passed since I like my consoles to work for a long time.
I went through 6. They lasted about 60 days if that. My longest lasting one was one I did a case mod on with a overpowered fan and intake. They banned it so hence I sold it. My son has gone through 2. I no longer support Microsoft. I have had my ps3 for over a year and am loving it. I can also say that the reason thier sales are higher is because the average person simply gos out and buys a new one. Id say out of 50 friends 40 had modded systems and everytime they got banned ran out and bought another console. I have my atari jaguar, dreamcast and jaguar cd hooked up and they still run just fine and dandy.
If you poll your xbox friends Im sure every single one will respond with a "Yes my xbox has rrod before" The one my son is on now has lasted over a year but its simply because I dont let him game during school and during the summer he only spent close to 30hrs total on it.
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