SCEE Founder Claims Near Zero PS3 Failure Rate
“I am immortal! I have inside me blood of kings! I have no rival…”
Well, that immortal part might be true… IF you believe everything Sony says.
Seems the crew over at SPOnG scored some information from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s founder, Chris Deering, at the recent Edinburgh Interactive Festival. At that festival the SCEE founder stated the PS3 had an amazingly low “default rate” of “around 0.2%”. That’s quite a boast considering the generally accepted average console failure rate is around 5 percent. Makes me wonder why Sony didn’t just come out and say they have a zero failure rate? Then again, as one forum goer stated, “They just can’t say it’s 0%. Same reason Lysol only kills 99.9% of germs instead of 100%”.
It is not surprising to see such a figure tossed around lately considering the community outcry that eventually led to Microsoft’s admission of the Xbox 360′s dismal failure rate. Ironically, Sony is now sitting with a large beating stick in hand staring down at a bound Microsoft. Apparently, the temptation to whack Microsoft with this stick is going to prove too much for the Sony PR ninjas. Isn’t taking cheap shots a sign of desperation? The sharks are definitely circling.
Now, before you label me an Xbox fanboi or anti-PS3 zealot, believe me when I say I’m about as neutral as it gets. Being a critic, I try to judge both consoles with equal harshness. Even still, if you think I’m overreacting to this virtually zero defect claim, you can not deny Sony is at the very least bragging.
Regardless, I cannot deny that the PS3 is well built. I just wish Sony would let the product speak for itself. Then again, subtlety has never been Sony’s style.