Posted on August 16, 2007,

SCEE Founder Claims Near Zero PS3 Failure Rate

The Quickening

“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.


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14 Comments on SCEE Founder Claims Near Zero PS3 Failure Rate


On August 16, 2007 at 4:25 am

“IF you believe everything Sony says.”

Why would you say that when there is absolutely no reason to doubt it?


On August 16, 2007 at 4:35 am

“Makes me wonder why Sony didn’t just come out and say they have a zero failure rate?”

Because it’s 0.02 duh!

“Isn’t taking cheap shots a sign of desperation?”

When Microsoft point out they have sold more than the PS3 is that a ‘cheap shot’ out of ‘desperation’?


On August 16, 2007 at 5:19 am

Microsoft red ring of failure vs the PS3s crap base of games. Which do you choose?


On August 16, 2007 at 5:56 am

@Hutch: I choose neither. My 360 is currently being fixed and I’ve got nothing to do with my PS3 besides stream videos from my PC.

I actually have Mario Strikers being sent to me via GameFly, so it looks like my Wii will actually save the day.


On August 16, 2007 at 8:14 am

Hutch. The #1 most important thing about a games console isn’t games like some idiots think. Its reliability. Any games console that works is better than one that doesn’t.

One of those watches that plays Tetris is a better gaming machine than a 360 with the 3RROD.

We will never know the extent of the 3RROD problem but I doubt it was a 30% failure rate like some reported. Even if it were ‘only’ 10% however that means that according to Sony’s stats the 360 is 50 times more likely to fail.


On August 16, 2007 at 9:44 am

The Wii always saves the day by way of game (In my opinion, as far as gaming quality goes, Wii’s the best). I use my PS3 more as a media powerhouse ($600 for blu-ray, come on…) and Armored Core 4 (Robots with big guns in Hi-Def. End of story).

I’ve gone through two Xbox 360s so far, BOTH of which failed. So far I’ve spent more $$$ on getting my Xbox’s than my PS3… (I’ve spent a total around $800 for the two Xbox’s, first one, then the second one which was before the whole ‘oh now we support free repairs if you got the red ring of death’).

In my own opinion, I’m just waiting for the ports of the 360 games to come to PC–already have shadowrun, Lost Planet, etc etc. No doubt that Halo 3 will some day come to PC, and that Gears of War is already geared up to make its way to PC.

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On August 16, 2007 at 10:43 am

Nevermind the fact that the PS3 priced Sony out of the market and that has caused a decrease in developer support, I think this is good news because it shows that at least Sony learned something from the PS2 and that is to make sure the hardware is solid from the get go. The PS2 didn’t have many failings but early reliability was one of them. As for the guy getting strikers on wii, good luck with that. I can’t put my copy down, its like crack! One of the best online games i’ve played.


On August 16, 2007 at 11:27 am

@ Daniel
give Raving rabbids a go with a friend on the Wii. You won’t stop laughing. And you know what they say: Laughter is the best medicine. Although it probably won’t fix the rings of death or invent games for a PS3, you forget them both as you guffaw with a buddy and shoot another plunger at a crazy rabbid.


On August 16, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Steve, I love how you say you’re neutral on the topic, and then don’t even mention the Wii as a competing system. So much for neutral, huh?


On August 16, 2007 at 1:15 pm


It’s been gone over before, that the Wii simply cannot be compared to systems like the Xbox 360 and the PS3. The Wii was made especially for the gamers–the casual gamers even. As far as its capability as a higher-end system goes, it doesn’t compare (no hi-def support etc etc).

Don’t call me a Wii-basher, because I honestly love my Wii–for its games and its gameplay. I also love my PS3 for its media powerhouse-ness. I personally cannot even compare the two consoles, since they have such a huge difference, and were intended for two different purposes (Playstation 3 was not solely meant as a game machine, unlike the Wii).

That’s like saying “let’s compare the DS to a DVD player”. You can’t, because the two pieces of hardware were made with different uses in mind.


On August 16, 2007 at 1:19 pm

Im so tired of people pointing fingers at the PS3 for not having good games out yet. Give them a break and have some patience, once they start rolling out the bit hits you’ll be blown away.

Wii is a great system for the general public, funs games and stuff. Don’t expect it to be hardcore gaming. But yeah, console doing really great and I applaud they’re success.

XBox360 has proven it’s ground, anyone doubting its gaming power is an idiot. Sure the hardware is going through some rough times but it’s been the king in the past. I really do think it’s time is coming and the PS3 is slowly going to reign over the hardcore gaming community.


On August 16, 2007 at 1:22 pm


“let the product speak for itself”

I think that pretty much sums up why the Wii didn’t get mentioned.


On August 17, 2007 at 12:01 am

It is great to hear the PS3s are reliable, and by most accounts they are well made. However I can’t help but take a cheap shot at Sony.

If half the PS3s are sitting in inventory (shipped vs. sold) and because of the lack of good games the other half are sitting around powered off… do we really know what the PS3 failure rate is?


On August 17, 2007 at 2:33 am

Funny, people still seem to be implying PS3 has no games. I use my PS3 for perhaps 5-10 hours a week, playing games and have no issues with the amount of games.

From what I recall when I had my 360 (before it failed) I had LESS games at 8 months in, than I do for my PS3 now.

The only reason games are brought up, is Xbots are running out of things to criticise about the PS3, it used to be lack of upscaling capabilities, and before that it was going to be the massive failure rate was the boxed demo units at TGS had failed..