SCEE Founder On PlayStation 3 Failure Rates

0.2% according to SCEE founder

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SPOnG was informed at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival yesterday that the PS3 has an amazingly low "default rate" at "around 0.2%", according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe founder, Chris Deering.

If true, this is a hugely impressive statistic and is considerably less than the industry standard of three to five percent.

The news is particularly of note in the context of Microsoft’s recent troubles with faulty, overheating ‘red ring of death’ Xbox 360s, with the default rates of initial batches of 360s clearly way over that industry standard, with some console repair companies suggesting that almost a third were broken.

Microsoft has of course since taken steps to deal with those problems, allocating $1.15 billion dollars to fix the problem. A rather expensive ‘teething problem’ by anybody’s standards!

Elsewhere, SCEA’s senior director of corporate communications Dave Karraker has also been unfavourably comparing the Xbox 360's reliability to that of the PlayStation 3, writing on the official PlayStation Blog that:

"A lot of noise has been made recently about the reliability issues of one of our competitor's systems. So, not surprisingly, some of our more ambitious PlayStation faithfuls [from fan site PS3 Vault] decided to run their own stress test on the PlayStation 3. They put it in a freezer at zero degrees for up to 108 hours and they put it in a sauna at 120 degrees for up to 64 hours -- all the while running games and Blu-ray Disc movies on it. Did it fail? Nope. Like the Energizer Bunny, it kept going and going and going. Probably not something you want to try at home, but our thanks to the guys at PS3 Vault for putting our system through the ringer."

More on that madness here.

WARNING: Do not try playing SPOnG's current PS3 favourite Heavenly Sword (pictured) in your sauna at home kids!


MM 22 Sep 2007 23:09
Hey genius, I think you mean "failure rate", not "default rate".. That doesn't make any sense and makes you sound illiterate.

de·fault –noun

6. Computers. a value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.

jimmyjames 26 Jan 2008 02:20
Ok, I guess I got a lemon, and the almost hundred people I talked to personally on PSU forums a small percentage? The PSU forums are peppered with faulty PS3's, freezing, crashing, disk errors, disk failure, games and movies that freeze, green screen, blue screen, oh yeah, and bricking. Oh, and my sixaxis, Dual shock 3, BD remote and headset, ALL bluetooth randomly disconnect (common)......We can't forget the online experience, oh wait, yes we can. ...........So go stick your PS3 in the freezer and have a good ol' time, . . . me? I couldn't take it anymore, while I didn't sell my PS3, I did however buy a 360 and a Wii 5 months ago, with NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM with either one. Both of them are truly, plug and play, and TONS of games.
I can't believe I went so long without playing any games either, . . . I tried. I tried to be a good little Sony fanboy, but the hardcore gamer in me won out.
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DanKM 3 Dec 2009 12:39
jimmyjames wrote:
Ok, I guess I got a lemon, and the almost hundred people I talked to personally on PSU forums a small percentage?

Not having a go in the slightest but I think this is one of the big problems with statistics, the thing is you could personally speak to about 270,000 people who all have a PS3 failure, and this would seem a pretty high failure rate BUT in terms of manufacturing this would still only be a 1% failure rate and in terms of electrical goods a 1% failure rate is not just good, its pretty amazing.

Then you also have teh issue of skewed statistics, in this case its is more likley that those people on teh forums are either more hardcore gamers, pushing thier systems harder than the average person, or more likley to have joined to discuss a problem in the first place.
not a fanboy 24 Dec 2009 22:36
lol, fanboy
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