This isn't surprising. Neither Sony nor MS has produced a decent first-run console. Both my launch PS2 and XBox developed significant issues.
My launch 360, on the other hand, has been bulletproof (because I bought the extended warranty, naturally
The problem I have with the first 360s, and now it sounds like PS3s, is that these companies have GOT to realize that game consoles take worlds more abuse than any other piece of home electronics than I can think of. People are going to be playing these things in homes without A/C, in 90 degree humid weather, on the carpeting. They can't assume that they're going to receive the same airflow or climate controlled conditions as most HT components.
After reading the linked artical (top message) I wonder how we can make electornics (car radios) that can live one day in 160 temps in Pheonix, and one day in 40 below and work for 20 or 30 years, but a game console can't stand the heat of a show? Jezz, the people that showed up for the show must have been dropping like flys.
Well, You've gotta keep in mind that the average CPU will top 100 temps in good circumstances with extremely good airflow. With PS3 we're packing that into a small box, restricting the airflow horribly, and increasing the clock speed. Bad recipe, I've been saying for awhile that PS3 was going to have serious heat issues...
DVDTown is a very good website when it comes to news on DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray. Yes it's a little misleading when you see a tab that says HDDVD.org but did you click on the tab? They have current news articles about both formats and reviews of movies on both formats. They even have favorable reviews on some movies on Blu-ray so I wouldn't call that a biased site.
Sure it was - the heat issue, whatever, may be a problem, may not be, and the units displayed may not be production pieces but pre-production pieces with handmade parts.
However, everyone (investors) are expecting huge success with the PS3 based off of how well PS1 and PS2 did, and because the electronics group at Sony hasn't performed well the past few years (and PSP is in rapid decline). If there is (as has been reported, even by Kutaragi) a continual problem with the supply of blue-laser diodes, that could further reduce the number of machines available on day 1.
Sony has already had to cut back the number of machines coming out in Japan and the U.S., and delayed the European launch because it doesn't have enough to supply all three territories on day 1. Why? Lack of blue-laser diodes which are necessary for PS3 because it is based on Blu-Ray storage.
It still doesn't change the fact that the PS3 is dependant on blue-lasers; that Sony has had to move the release twice; that Sony has now had to cut off one territory on day 1; that Sony has had to cut the number available to the other two territories on day 1;
The stock has been on a continual slide this past year, having a minor spike; why? Because everyone, including Sony, is betting on PS3 (and Blu-Ray to a large degree). They're betting on it to continue the significant revenue generation that the division produces for Sony as a whole, and to ensure Blu-Ray dominates over HD-DVD thereby generating Sony further revenues from the licensing of the technology.
Settle down and take a deep breath. You're reading some sort of ulterior motive into the post that's just not there. Let's attempt to be objective, OK?
The PS3 is, among other things, a Blu-ray player. The articles linked to in this thread are about the PS3 overheating at a trade show and repeatedly required a reset to restore functionality. How does this NOT affect the PS3's ability to play Blu-ray discs? How does this NOT bring the operation of the PS3 into question?
It's a piece of hardware being marketed by a Japanese CE company. It's not the Holy Grail.