Originally Posted by ~NeonFire372~
I bought a PS2 shortly after launch and mine has worked flawlessly ever since.
I've even dropped it a few times. >.<
*knock on wood*
You must have just gotten lucky. Most have failed.
Originally Posted by Kage
I wish I had that luck with my consoles.
Its just the fact they aren't fixable like PC's with new parts, so after the console has stopped being made, and you've ran out of warranty, who can fix them?
Are there small companies that'll fix consoles rather cheaply?
Well nintendo has a repair shop still, for consoles as old as the NES and SNES.
Fortunately sony has backwards compatibility with their consoles (depending on the ps3 you get i suppose)
but microsoft on the other hand doesn't give a crap. They killed and quit supporting the original xbox just as the 360 came out. The console was barely out for 4 years. Sure the 360 has backwards compatibility.. but it's not anywhere near as good as the Wii's or the PS3's.
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if MS kills the 360 once the successor is ready.
The only real argument MS has I suppose is that they made absolutely no money on the first xbox, except maybe off of halo. The hardware costs more to make than they sold it for.
Sony on the other hand must have put some serious thought into the PS2. They are about to re-release it again for $100 (this time the PSU is on the inside again), sony must still be making money off the console to keep supporting it.