Well, thanks to this article, my choice is now reduced to either a PS2 or Gamecube. I was willing to give the X-Box a chance even though I knew of Microsoft's past concerning stability, but it looks like you just can't teach an old dog new tricks.
I remember opening the PS2 and being like, is this it???
That would be becasue the PS2 is much better enginered in terms of design. The same guys who design the VAIO notebooks and computers designed the PS2. It's quite a piece of enginereing considering that if you take away the CD/DVD drive, the guts of the system are all squeezed into the left half of the unit. The Xbox is more of an off-the-shelf components sytem. The GC is also very well designed.
Even if its a few of all the consoles they have out, its still more than none
Of course, lots of PS2s crapped out in kiosks, too... Since Sony isn't known for reliability (including SCEI, especially after SCPH-1000) did this raise an issue for you? What about all the faulty SCPH-10000 units (Japanese first-release PS2s)?
Kiosks are non-ideal in every sense of the word. We may as well start discussing 'articles' about how Xbox systems aboard the space shuttle are going to fail.
Nope, wrong. It needs as much ventilation as it needs. Every processor dissipates a certain amount of heat, and that heat needs to go somewhere. Since there are physical laws that will determine how much heat a processor dissipates, it's not really up for argument.
MS has the money, so why not make a NEW processor that requires less ventilation? If I could get an XB that was just as powerful and the size of a PS2 or GCN, I would rather have the smaller one. Nintendo and Sony might not have 100% original hardware, but they modified the hardware so that it got optimum performance in a smaller package. MS should be able to do the same and reduce the amount of ventilation needed.
I, too, bought two PSXs because my first died out. Even so, I loved my PSX and buying a second was worth it.
I have heard of problems with playing PS2 vertical, so if you know about the problems, why would you still play it that way? It's avoidable, and actually, it never happened to me (played it vert once or twice).