BBC Watchdog Exposes PS3 Failure, Fails to Expose BBC Watchdog Failure

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The entire universe knows about the 360’s unfortunate hardware issues. The BBC’s Watchdog – a consumer custodian program – has tried to make people a little more aware of an apparent intrinsic hardware fault with Sony’s console.

The program, hosted by British B-list comedian Iain Lee (more on him later), does its best to warn consumers that PS3’s are not immune from breaking, and are in fact quite prone to YLOD, or Yellow Light of Death, which signifies that your PS3 has gone the way of the dodo.

Of the 2.5 million PS3s sold in the UK, only 12,500 have been affected by failure, according to Sony. “We entirely refute the suggestion that PS3 consoles have an inherent defect or other design issue,” Sony stated. “Of all PS3’s sold in the UK to date, fewer than one half of one percent of units have been reported as failing in circumstances where the yellow indicator is illuminated.”

PS3 failure is certainly becoming more prevalent – particularly with the 60gb launch models – but it’s still within acceptable levels for electronic consumer goods, and a far cry from the 30-50% failure rate that’s generally reported for its main competitor, the Xbox 360.

The watchdog’s efficacy in this case is further reduced when you examine Iain Lee’s bias a little further. Employed by Microsoft on a freelance basis, Lee has been quoted spouting forth heavily biased opinion. A few choice quotes :

“You have to feel sorry for everyone that plumped for the PS3 over the 360.”

“the 360 came out and is as close to perfect as you can get.”

“But even the biggest Playstation fan has to admit that the 360 is just great.”

“one console offers a sublime, beautiful, wondrous, joyful online experience, while the other is guff. I’ll leave it to you to try and work out which is which.”

“Look, I’m not saying I’m never going to play PS3 again, all I’m saying is it’s going to take something pretty special to get me to try and find the controllers and start up the thing.”

Looking at that, it’s difficult to take anything that Lee has to say about the PS3 and its shortcomings at face value.

Read up more, over at the BBC

Last Updated: September 18, 2009

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