ZOMG PS3 Fail!
You may have caught BBC consumer rights programme Watchdog last night, and if you did, you would have seen a piece on the dreaded PS3 “Yellow Light Of Death”. If you missed it, you can read the article on the BBC website (and watch a clip) here. In it, BBC presenter and comedian Iain Lee sets up a “Playstation Repair Action Team” to deal with the huge influx of PS3 consoles which have suffered the dreaded system failure.
Trouble is, something doesn’t quite add up. Now, I’m all for a bit of PS3 bashing, and system failures on a mass scale are just what the doctor ordered as the ultimate retaliation against accusations of the Xbox 360s mass RROD failures. Hey, even “Yellow Light Of Death” sounds a bit like Red Ring Of Death”.
But dig a little deeper and we realise that, out of 2.5 million PS3s sold in the UK, only 12,500 have been affected by this error. That’s 0.5% – compared to some claims that the Xbox 360′s failure rate could be as high as 54% – and a pretty acceptable rate of failure for any complex piece of computer machinery IMHO.
Also of note is that Iain Lee has written freelance articles for Microsoft in the past, including this particulaly anti-PS3 one. I’m all for consumer rights, and I’m all for the proactive stance that the likes of Watchdog usually take, but something doesn’t seem quite right here.