Originally posted by Elixir
telomar give me a break.
the problem is minimal at this point. i've had a system here with my brother running it all day everyday since laucnh WITH ZERO PROBLEMS.
every other person that has one that i know of is having no problems.
i'm sure they are out there but its nothin on a massive scale.
Ignoring the fact I find it unlikely you've run it 24/7 since launch, a sample size of half a dozen in a large populace is almost statistically irrelevant meaning you and your friends could just as easily be anomalies as not. There are plenty of people around here that didn't have capacitor issues with their iMacs or battery issues or logic board issues in iBooks but none of that makes the problem minimal.
I don't think you get it though. There is no question Microsoft has pushed hard to launch by Christmas, nobody with good sense would doubt that. Anybody with experience in designing manufacturing processes can give you an idea on what the testing procedures for QA are like, they take time to do right, lots of time.
It doesn't matter if the percentages are small if the fault is severe if it is 0.001% and you sell a million you're looking at 10 incidences of serious failure. There are some areas where tolerances are zero failures. Power supply issues and overheating issues are a big problem from a manufacturing standpoint as they have the potential to put life and property at risk. When you are talking about a fire in somebody's house, if you fail to issue a recall on that product you are likely to be crucified in courts for negligence.
Both Sony and Microsoft had to issue recalls for power adaptors on the PS2 and Xbox respectively and I have zero doubt Microsoft will follow suit yet again. Right now Microsoft is just releasing the typical press releases to try and placate anybody actually listening in the public. That's normal but doesn't mean the problem isn't serious or substantial.
Originally posted by Elixir
also, killer app? are people ever satisfied these days?
this has been by far the most balanced launch ever.
having a game like Halo (xbox) or Ridge Racer ( Ps1) come out on launch doesn't happen often.
At the end of the day it is killer apps that drive console sales, this is one of the reasons Microsoft never really competed with Sony last generation, they were simply too narrow in what they offered. Things like Singstar and the eyetoy have been huge winners for Sony and they have some other one that is set to do well for them. They then had exclusive 3rd party titles like Final Fantasy, etc.
Halo did well for Xbox but Microsoft's problem was always that they lacked the exclusive titles that will make you pick one console first, which matters a lot where parents are purchasing.
Right now Microsoft is really trading off fanatics and people who will quite likely buy at least 2 of the 3 consoles early in their life. They're a minority of the market and people are already trying to pick winners. Each console will have its strengths, and weaknesses and in 2+ years it'll become more clear who made the right moves and who made the wrong ones. I'm certain Microsoft will do better this time and Sony will fall back a bit but time will tell.