What Can We Expect From The PS4 In Terms Of Reliability?
Reliability is always key for any new piece of electronic hardware. And in the past, once Sony worked past some initial difficulties with the launch systems, each generation of PlayStation consoles have proven to be quite reliable.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has had well-documented, nigh-on catastrophic problems with their Xbox and Xbox 360 hardware; at one point, major retailers were reporting 30% defective rates for the 360, which is just plain absurd. Why any consumer would find that acceptable is beyond me. But the point is that Sony is going the cheaper, more accessible route with their new machine, so...
For instance, Sony opted for AMD over Nvidia, which some PC enthusiasts say was a bad move. Remember that Xbox used AMD in the past and we've just established that that brand's reliability is by far the worst in the industry. Of course, it can't just be due to the Xbox's components but even so, there's another word that might be concerning: Cheap. Or rather, accessible. Sony is trying to keep costs down on the PS4 - for both developers and gamers - and as a result, is it wrong to expect a less reliable console? "Chintzy" probably won't be associated with the PS4 but in so many ways, the old adage "you get what you pay for" is often accurate.
Based on what we know of the PS4 right now, do you see it being a reliable system for consumers?
4/3/2013 9:54:53 PM Ben Dutka